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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

You know something is shifting when a senior Government executive says of a two day design forum “I’ve never had a conversation like that in all my time in Government”. The Department of The Premier and Cabinet and Queensland Corrective Services, Department of Justice and Attorney General invited 80 colleagues from the community sector, half a dozen other Government agencies, social enterprises, philanthropists, universities and the private sector, to attend

The first Financial System Inquiry (FSI) in over 16 years has called out impact investing as a valuable and needed mechanism to fund social service delivery in Australia. The FSI called impact investing an important tool in the Australian context, especially given reduced government capacity to fund social services. The Inquiry also noted that impact investing presented an opportunity for Australia to: Reduce costs, and improve the impact of social

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 1973, California native, mountaineer, and lover of the great outdoors, Yvon Chouinard, founded  apparel company Patagonia. Since then, while Patagonia’s customers have been sporting the companies outfits as they traverse rugged terrains, mountains, and oceans, Patagonia has continued to pioneer new ways of doing business. For years, Patagonia has been at the forefront of global efforts to mainstream sustainability throughout their supply chain. At Patagonia, each product’s entire lifecycle

The dust might have begun to settle after the G20 meeting in Brisbane, but we’re still buzzing about the possibilities of social innovation to help shape the kind of Australia, and world, we want to see. At its heart, the G20 meeting was about coordinating international policy to achieve greater economic growth and stability. The G20 Innovation Hub, hosted in the lead-up to the G20 Leaders Summit in November 2014,

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

The following article was published in Pro Bono Australia on November 19, 2014.  Last weekend, the G20 brought together world leaders from government (the G20), business (the B20), and community (C20). The groups worked on broad goals ranging from increasing trade, to infrastructure development, and reducing corporate tax evasion. At the most basic level, the meetings were focused on expanding economic, political, and social progress. With this in mind, Social

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloittes, has just released a report to help institutional investors craft an integrated strategy for impact investing that fits with investor interest. Whilst impact investing has moved to mainstream awareness over the last 12 months, very few investors understand how to integrate it with their day to day activity. The report provides a framework that is both practical and forward thinking and is

All three sectors are undergoing a period of significant change. The business sector continues to see low growth and is now considering this as a long term reality, rather than a few years of  global financial slow down. A longer term low growth environment will require new ways of working as well as a change of expectations. Government is not able to keep up with the ever growing costs of