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How can corporates integrate social impact in their core business?

Posted by Marlon van Dijk on 30 October 2015

The connection between business and society is a popular topic. The social and environmental issues we face on a global level are becoming so significant that there are plenty of business opportunities in contributing to solving them. This is not only interesting from a risk and reputation management perspective. Sustainability can be a platform for profitable growth while solving wicked social issues.

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Topics: Value, Social impact, Social accounting, philanthropy, IR, Integrated Reporting, impact measurement software, Social Value

The importance of social impact measurement in a Social Impact Bond

Posted by Marlon van Dijk on 9 October 2015

The first national Social Impact Bond conference in the Netherlands, organized by START Foundation, is a fact. It was even the first national conference on Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) globally, since SIBs are still a relatively new phenomenal. Worldwide there are nearly 50 SIBs up and running of which 3 are launched in the Netherlands. Clearly, some people think this will become much bigger than it currently is.

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Topics: Social impact, Social enterprise, Impact investing, Maatschappelijke business case, philanthropy, overheid, publieke aanbesteding, aanbestedingen, government, Social Impact Bond

How can social investors measure the social impact of multiple projects in a cost-efficient way?

Posted by Marlon van Dijk on 3 September 2015



In the philanthropic sector, measuring social impact is still perceived as a challenge. The number of projects a social investors funds, combined with their diversity often result in large time and resource investments for both the investor and the investee (or grantee). Many social investors therefore feel they do not have the means to measure more than a few outputs, like the number of participants or workshops, or the total amount of volunteer work. Although this is a good starting point, it only scratches the surface of what the project or program has established, and tells you nothing about the true impact (and value) it has created. Has the target audience really been reached? Have their circumstances been changed? Only by giving a voice to the beneficiaries will you be able to decide if the right investment choices have been made.

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Topics: Impact measurement, Value, Social impact, Stakeholders, Social change, philanthropy

The impact pledge: transform success into significance

Posted by Marlon van Dijk on 21 August 2015


Currently there are $7 trillion in assets held by the wealthiest 1,000 people in the world. An increasing number of “High Net Worth Individuals” (HNWI) are giving a way (parts) of their fortune to philanthropy. This trend was boosted by The Giving Pledge, an initiative from Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in which 137 HNWI have already commited to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes during their lifetime or in their will. A good example is the Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has recently announced to give away his entire $32 billion fortune to philanthropy!

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Topics: Impact measurement, Social impact, philanthropy

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