The Impact Papers

The Impact Papers


October 26, 2021
Healthy Entrepreneurs

Strategic alignment can be risky – but 'impact integrity' is possible

The strategic alignment between a corporate foundation, impact fund or accelerator and its related company can help both parties achieve social impact in many ways. But this close relationship can als...

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March 02, 2021
Newspapers

Five ways the media can support the impact economy

Coverage of companies’ sustainability performance is increasing, creating increasing pressure on corporates to meet ESG standards. Can the power of the press be a catalyst for change? How can it help ...

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January 14, 2021
EVPA Angels and Demon Series visual Kirsten Ottens new

Angels & Demons: ‘A corporate foundation can be a social compass’ – Kirsten Ottens

In the fourth in the Pioneers Post series exploring the advantages and tensions that come when philanthropists align their work with corporate interests, ING Netherlands Foundation’s Kirsten Ottens ex...

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December 02, 2020
Stars

Exclusive interview: ‘Let’s shoot for the stars, then we'll find the resources to get there’ - EVPA boss Roberta Bosurgi

This year collaboration has been more vital than ever – but that doesn’t mean it happens easily, something Roberta Bosurgi knows first-hand. As the new head of EVPA, which since 2004 has been building...

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November 24, 2020
EVPA Angels and Demon Series Paul Streets

Angels & Demons: ‘It damages us all when corporate foundations are too allied to the company’ - Paul Streets

In the third in our series exploring the advantages and tensions that come when philanthropists align their work with corporate interests, the outspoken CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and W...

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November 10, 2020
Rhone and Arve Rivers Geneva

A confluence of impact: Why companies must shift course to bring different social investment streams together

Some of the most innovative companies and their corporate social investors are demonstrating a new, collective approach to impact – one that might herald a significant shift in how big firms use their...

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November 10, 2020
Nicholas Colloff

The investee who changed me: ‘We took a punt on Alterna – then they shaped our strategy’

Meeting a social investor can be game-changing for an entrepreneur – but sometimes the lightbulb moment is even more dazzling for the one controlling the cash. Nicholas Colloff, executive director at ...

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September 15, 2020
EVPA Angels and Demon Series Leslie Johnston

Angels & Demons: ‘The demon is that it’s still acceptable to have profit without purpose’ - Leslie Johnston

The Laudes Foundation has huge ambitions – to transform the economic system to counteract climate change and inequality. And it plans to do this not by fighting big business, but by working hand in ha...

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September 01, 2020
EVPA Angels and Demon Series valerie faillat

Angels & Demons: ‘It's really difficult to fight against perceptions’ - Valérie Faillat, Sanofi Espoir Foundation

Lazy categorisations of big business as the bad guys and philanthropists as the good guys no longer hold fast – especially with a growing wave of corporate social investors forging a path that draws o...

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