By Sandy Blackburn-Wright. The following article appeared in Generosity Magazine on  5 May 2016 Why does impact matter, how has it become important and how do we measure it? These are fundamental questions that we have been asking recently but they also speak to the very heart our ongoing search for meaning. One of the most fundamental human needs is for validation – “do you see me, do I matter

On 23 July 2015, Social Outcomes released the report, Shared Value in Australia. The report looks at how companies in Australia and globally, are seizing the opportunity of shared value creation – growing their businesses, markets, and revenue streams, through innovations that reduce social and environmental problems. Business is rapidly changing, fuelled by increased transparency, digital innovation, consumer engagement, finite resources and supply chains, and dynamic demographics and workforces. Traditional

In Australia, the combination of a long-standing commitment to the ‘Aussie fair go,’ along with an increasing strain on government resources, creates a fertile environment for various forms of blended social and financial value to thrive. A number of businesses, social sector organisations, private foundations, and government agencies across Australia, are spearheading innovative models that create social value for our communities, but are structured or funded in ways that we

By Anna Bowden, Social Outcomes It seems almost impossible to go a day in Australia without the topic of property coming up, and more specifically, the rapid rate at which housing prices are escalating. For low-income earners in Australia, access to housing is a serious concern. Across the country, the proportion of households spending more than half their incomes on rent rose from 20% in FY2007-08 to 25% in FY2009-10.

Social Outcomes is collaborating with the NSW Council on Social Services (NCOSS) to provide NCOSS members with a Social Finance Innovation 101 Workshop for Senior Managers. The workshop will be split into two half-day sessions from 9am – 12:30pm on Thursday 12 March and Thursday 19 March, in Sydney.  Background to the Workshop is provided below: The social sector is undergoing a period of rapid change and increased pressure. Traditional sources

On Thursday, December 4, National Australia Bank launched a climate bond to raise at least AUS$150 million for renewable energy. It is already subscribed at AUS$300 million. The bond is the first example of an Australian bank initiating a green bond on the domestic market. The bond is certified by the 2011 International Climate Bonds Standards, which assists investors in directing finance towards positive climate outcomes. The bond will invest

In a new report released today, the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment conducted research between May and August 2014 and have documented the growth of responsible investment and impact investment as compared to the same period two years ago. The growth is a staggering 76% with assets growing from $3.74 trillion at the beginning of 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014. The report states that