Report - Making Good in Social Impact Investing
Opportunities in an Emerging Asset Class

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Social impact investment has the potential to evolve from being an emerging market to a very large, mature investment market attracting mainstream investors, according to a report published today. Making Good in Social Impact Investment: Opportunities in an Emerging Asset Class argues that the UK is well placed to be a global leader in the field, as social impact investment builds on our record as home to a well-developed, not-for-profit, charitable and voluntary sector and our historic strengths in financial services.

“This is an important and useful contribution to the debate... a prospectus for practical action...”

Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP
Minister of State, Cabinet Office, UK
(writing in the forward of Making Good in Social Impact Investment)

In this report, commissioned by The Social Investment Business, sponsored by TheCityUK and with a foreword by Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin, authors Dr Rupert Evenett and Karl H Richter explain the need for an integrated impact investment market with a range of financial products suitable for the different stages of social sector organisations' development.

They conclude that social impact investment has all the characteristics of a distinctive asset class – best understood as an intermediate capital market with features of both debt and equity – which, from an investor's perspective, can offer sustainable financial return, assessable risk and the potential for diversification.

Read the press release "UK at watershed moment for social impact investing with potential to be global leader"

Listen to Rupert Evenett and Karl H Richter talk about the report

Interviewed by The Social Investment Business

You can download the interview transcript here