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The Social Stock Exchange: Measuring Companies' Social Impact

Adrian Henriques
Guardian Professional, June 12, 2013 

The Social Stock Exchange (SSE) was launched in early June.  It aims to attract investors who want a social return as well as a financial one.

The companies involved must have shares or bonds listed on a traditional financial exchange where they can be bought and sold and where their financial returns will be demonstrated. But all SSE companies must also demonstrate their social return.

The Social Stock Exchange will hinge on how the issue of measurement is resolved in practice. Especially how rigorous it is able to be in insisting that the companies that list on it provide transparency and accountability for their impacts. 

In the end it comes down to an apparently simple, but rather subtle question: is social impact pursued only so that a financial return will result? Or is it the other way round? Read more…

Reader Comments (1)

It would be great as other legal entities arise, like L3C and social enterprises, if this could be used to legitimize these organizations and perhaps open them up for certain types of investment, grants, government support, etc.

Check out also these organizations who are measuring social impact, since that wil be a really important aspect of the SSE
http://www.forbes.com/sites/skollworldforum/2013/07/15/when-measuring-social-impact-we-need-to-move-beyond-counting/
http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/humans_theres_no_app_for_that
http://www.ssireview.org/podcasts/entry/jean_oelwang_leveraging_business_assets_in_nonprofit

Also, Venture Philanthropy organizations
http://www.avpn.asia/about-us/avpn-background/

August 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterMarion Brown

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