Save the date! Join our debate on impact investing, 16 February

On 16 February, Social Platform, together with Confrontations Europe and the German Federal Association of Non-statutory Welfare (BAGFW), will hold a conference entitled ‘Social impact investing and its role in the future social public/private investments: continuing dialogue’ at the European Economic and Social Committee.

Impact investing is being pushed forward as a new way of tackling social questions in the current financial environment:  new financial market players will meet the financing needs of social players and help indebted states and weakened banks to finance social enterprises. Impact investing has been put on the G7 agenda.

It is also argued that measuring the social impact of organisations is important for planning public policies. The conference will look into the effect of an impact investing approach on social enterprises and social services of general interest.

Panellists will focus on pressing questions, reflecting the perspective of investors and associations, enterprises, clients and citizens: why and where is impact investment useful and possible, and when it might not be?

 Speakers include:

Ariane Rodert, Vice-President of EESC Group III; Sybille Mertens, Associate professor, HEC-Management School, University of Liege; Kieron Boyle, International G8 Social Impact Taskforce under the UK’s presidency of the G8; representatives of the National Advisory Board reports:  Michael Sommer (Germany) and Hugues Sibille (France); Antonella Noya, Senior analyst, OECD/LEED Forum for SSE; Eve Chiapello, Policy Professor EHESS, Centre d’Etudes des Mouvements Sociaux; Heather Roy, Social Platform President; James Hopegood, DG Market, policy analyst, asset management; Nicole Alix and Matthieu de Nanteuil, Confrontations Europe

RSVP HERE BY 12:00, 11 FEBRUARY. The venue of the conference is Building Van Maerlant (VMA), 2 rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels. Interpretation will be provided in EN/DE/FR.

You can view the program here. For more information, you can contact Valentina Caimi, Policy & Advocacy Adviser, Social Platform.