Take the guesswork out of which performance metrics to use.
By cataloging the most useful metrics from across the industry in one place, IRIS makes it easier to create informed performance measurement systems and avoid mistakes that affect results and credibility.
Compare your performance data within your own portfolio and against your peers.
By providing a common language to talk about results, IRIS makes it easier to compare investments and communicate performance to the entire industry.
Grow your credibility and the credibility of the impact investing industry.
IRIS bolsters impact investing by providing your investors with access to a credible set of industry-wide data that present a clear picture of how well you are meeting targets and what impact your investments are having.
Recently, my friend and long-time mentor Kevin Starr wrote an article entitled “Dump the Prizes,” published here on Stanford Social Innovation Review. I was initially concerned, because in addition to my day job at the nonprofit One Acre Fund, I am on the board of D-Prize. As the name implies, D-Prize awards prizes to social entrepreneurs, and apparently Kevin wants to dump it. Drama? Intrigue? I challenge Kevin to a duel at sundown!
Actually, that may not be necessary. Upon reading the article, I found myself basically agreeing with everything he writes. However, after considering his arguments, I came to the opposite conclusion: We need more prize competitions.
Fast food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. is pushing for the expansion to the Visayas this year of the farmers entrepreneurship program (FEP), which is being implemented in partnership with civil society and the government.
Enterprise for a Sustainable World (ESW) and Global Social Impact (GSI) in collaboration with the BoP Learning Labs from around the world (with the support of the private sector and partnerships with non-profit and government organizations) will host the first BoP Global Network Summit, November 7 - 8, 2013 in Sao Paulo – Brazil.
The forum will focus on pushing the boundaries of BoP business by highlighting innovative new clean technology products and inclusive business models for the base of the pyramid from around the world. Individual Learning Labs will present “Living Cases”—real -life BoP initiatives that are being implemented by entrepreneurs or corporate innovators--that are pushing the envelope in doing business with the base of the pyramid, environmentally, socially, and financially.
Dow’s breakthrough shows business at its best: innovating to meet society’s needs and build a profitable enterprise. In “Creating Shared Value” (HBR January–February 2011), our FSG colleagues Michael Porter and Mark Kramer argue that achieving those twin goals represents the next competitive frontier for companies.
Corporate leaders have awakened to that fact. They realize that social problems present both daunting constraints to their operations and vast opportunities for growth. But many are struggling to implement the shared value concept. To assist them, we have studied more than 30 companies that, like Dow, innovate to create scalable models for delivering social benefits and business value (see the exhibit “Who’s Creating Shared Value”). We have found that these companies consistently rely on five mutually reinforcing elements, whose optimal form and balance depend on a firm’s culture, context, and strategy.
SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2013 Global change-makers are coming Philippine Star Bam Aquino, the first social entrepreneur to join the Philippine Senate, highlights the important role of social enterprise because it “goes beyond the 'dole-out'...
Impact Investing, Soros-Style INSEAD Knowledge “People invest in this 'high impact capital',” he explains, “with two objectives: one is the financial return of course, but the second is the social return.” And the challenge.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provides technical cooperation and other forms of aid promoting economic and social development in developing countries and aims to advance international cooperation.
Intrapreneurship in Social Business Innovation Excellence (blog) Over the course of the past year, there have been three distinct lessons that have stuck with me: 1) consumer insights can truly shape and determine a business' success; 2)...
Related Audio: Introduction by Simon Maxwell, Event Chair Audio: Nisha Dutt, Country Manager, India, Business Innovation Facility Audio: Andrew Kambobe, C… (Checking out "Event Audio: Base of the Pyramid Consumers" on Business Fights Poverty:
Housing for the urban poor in India has failed to keep up with the rapid urbanisation. This has led to low-income families living in cramped, sub-standard and often rented accommodations with limited access to civic amenities. The Government estimates a shortage of more than 18 million homes, of which 95% are in the EWS and LIG segment, an income class with families earning up to INR 16,000 per month. While there is an increased interest in supplying housing and housing finance to low-income customers, the gap between supply and need is huge. Given the scenario, the report focuses only on market based, i.e. privately-built and privately-financed, solutions for low-income housing in India.
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Markus Dietrich's insight:
Important report from the group which authored Emerging Markets, Emerging Models
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