Anna Kucinska
22 September 2014

Two organisations join forces to create the world's largest international social value network

Two of the most established and respected social impact organisations, the Social Return on Investment (SROI) Network and the Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) are joining forces - combining their international activities to create the largest international social value network in the world – Social Value International.
 
This restructuring makes Social Value International the largest international network representing those working to better understand, account for, measure, analyse, and manage the wider value created and destroyed by organisational activity. Social Value International will provide a clear and unified message about the importance of accounting for value, within and beyond its membership. It will have more than 900 individual and organisational members, across 49 countries.
 
Jeremy Nicholls, CEO of The SROI Network and Chair of the SIAA, will remain as CEO of Social Value UK and also take on the role of CEO of Social Value International.
 
Nicholls said: “Bringing our two networks together is a natural step that puts us in a far stronger position to achieve our shared mission – to change the way society accounts for value. (…) We have created a clear set of principles which will lead to the inclusion of social, environmental and economic value in decision making across different organisations and sectors, and we will develop guidance and tools to put these into practice. We will develop our already strong network of like-minded people across government, civil society, business and education, and build a movement to change the way society accounts for value.”
 
Both organisations will continue to be led by their members and will be offering a key set of services including assurance, SROI practitioner training and accreditation, alongside impact measurement training and delivery of webinars, events and conferences.”
 
Tris Lumley, Trustee of the SIAA, said: “At this crucial stage in the development of the social impact field, I'm delighted that two such important networks are coming together to speak with one voice. As a field we need common principles, clarity on approaches, and shared learning. This development will help us get there much faster.”
 
Source: www.socialenterprise.org.uk, www.thesroinetwork.org
More information: http://www.siaassociation.org, http://www.thesroinetwork.org/