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Social Value Canada Social Value March News Update

Join the Canadian Social Value Exchange on March 29th

In conversation with Bonnie Chiu

We are excited to announce our next event: an engaging conversation with Bonnie Chiu on her work and vast experience in making social investing more inclusive globally! We will be discussing feminist policy, gender equality, impact investing, and social inclusion.

Hong Kong-born Bonnie Chiu is an award-winning social entrepreneur, a gender equality advocate and a leading social impact and impact investing consultant who is the manager of The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC). She authored an Investor Toolkit with a focus on girls and young women funded by the UK government, co-founded the Diversity Forum for Inclusive Social Investment, and has been coordinating the Women in Social Finance network.

Join us on March 29th at 11 AM EST.

Register now for this event.

If you want to take a deeper look at Bonnie’s recent work, check out her Forbes profile and this article she co-wrote for Social Value International and the Pioneers Post about accounting for negative impacts and their importance for formulating an appropriate theory of change.

SDG Impact Standards: Train the Trainer Course

Are you a skilled trainer and experienced #IMM professional who wants to accelerate progress towards the #SDGs? Apply today for the SDG Impact Standards Train the Trainer course. By becoming an Accredited Trainer you can help businesses and investors adopt the #SDGImpactStandards, management practice standards designed to guide them on their sustainability journeys by managing their impacts effectively.

The next SDG Impact Standards Train-the-Trainer course will be delivered online by UNDP SDG Impact and Social Value International over four days in April 2023. It will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to deliver the SDG Impact Standards Training to enterprises, investors and changemakers across the world, for which there is increasing global demand.

Organized around 12 Business Actions, the SDG Impact Standards provide a holistic universal framework and management approach for embedding sustainability and the SDGs in all #DecisionMaking.

By becoming an Accredited Trainer of the SDG Impact Standards, you will have a license to use the SDG Impact Standards Training Materials and be a part of a vibrant and growing Accredited Trainer community. This global community will give you access to continuous professional development sessions, new training materials and opportunities to work with pioneering businesses and investors.

🗓️ 4-day online course: 13th, 14th, 18th and 19th April 2023

🕗08.00 to 13.00 EST

👓 Learn more about the course here.

📝 Apply by 29th March.

Congratulations to Linzi Williamson on joining the Practitioner Community!

We are thrilled to welcome another member to the Practitioner Community. Linzi Williamson passed the AP1 exam this month – congratulations!

Linzi provided some insights into her experience with social value training and SVC:

What excites you about Social Value Canada and our mission? 

That your organization strives to change the way value is defined and prioritizes what is valuable to a diversity of stakeholders, many of which, historically, have been silenced or ignored.

Now that you are an AP1 Practitioner, what is next?

I am eager to put my new skills into practice! I am part of a team of researchers and practitioners from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who recently secured funding to implement a project where the principles and standards of Social Value Canada will be applied.

Read the whole interview here.

Join us on the Practitioner Pathway!

Our next training course starts on March 27th . This is an invaluable opportunity to gain internationally recognized social value credentials, so if you haven’t taken the course before, be sure to grab a spot! Register Now.

Are you ready to take Level 1 Practitioner Exam? Join a growing group of colleagues establishing themselves as a social value ‘go-to’ resource in Canada. More information is here.

The course will also be offered in Spring and Summer, with start dates on May 8 Register Now and July 10 Register Now. We look forward to seeing you.

The Pathway is your route to embed social value and impact management thinking into daily work and practice. By becoming a Practitioner, you can join in the critical mission to change the way the world accounts for value in 2023!

For more information about the Social Value Practitioner Pathway, click here.

News! News! News!

We celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th. Educating ourselves on the power and potential of women while at the same time learning about the inequities women still face is extremely important to us. Join us in our learning journey by checking out the articles below:

    • Take a look at this article which Bonnie Chiu wrote last September. She reflects on the “Three Global Trends On Gender Equality Revealed By United Nations General Assembly” and explains why gender issues have been overshadowed during the last United Nations General Assembly. (As a reminder, Bonnie will speaking at our Canadian Social Value Exchange event on March 29 — see above).
    • How can the regenerative economy advance social equity and gender equality, and why is it necessary? In their article Brachio and Chhiber focus on a key point: the people who will bear the brunt of the climate crisis are also the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized; namely women. Read the article here.
    • Investing in women-led tech startups is crucial to unlocking their full potential and accelerating the pace of social change. It not only benefits society as a whole, but also helps to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs and leaders in the tech industry. Read the article of how “Women in Tech Are Transforming Social Impact”.

Explore the SVI Member Portal

As a member of Social Value Canada, you will benefit from access to the Social Value International Members Area. This online platform provides a space for our Canadian and global communities to connect, collaborate and accelerate our movement for change. You will be able to enjoy a dedicated space for Social Value Canada members as well as connect with international peers who are active in the social value movement.

The SVI members area is designed to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and support, provide improved networking opportunities and enhance your ability to engage and communicate with one another at a national and international level.

The members area contains a wide range of useful features, including:

  • a live feed
  • discussion forums
  • an interactive member directory
  • resources
  • sub-groups.

This pioneering community contains approximately 3,000 members from 50 countries, drawn from a huge range of different sectors and disciplines. It is designed to help all members to connect with fellow practitioners and professionals, exchange and enhance their skills and knowledge, and network to help achieve personal and professional goals and build our movement for change!

There has never been a more important time to join Social Value Canada and the Social Value International global community and help change the way society accounts for value. Become a member now.


Social Value Canada Membership

Our Canadian network brings together a community of members interested in Social Value, Impact Management, and tools such as Social Return on Investment (SROI). Membership can be either individual or for a whole organization

Join Social Value Canada. Become part of an exciting global movement that seeks to change the way the world accounts for value. Be part of our international rising social value tide. Together we can lift all boats!

As an SVC member, you will be able to:

  • gain access to the Canadian and international network
  • be informed in the field’s newest developments
  • build your expertise in social value and become a knowledge hub within your industry
  • shape the agenda of the Canadian movement
  • raise your profile and the awareness of your cause.

Become a Social Value Canada Affiliate

SVC Affiliates are organizations that share our Canadian and global vision to address inequality and climate change, through decision-making that seeks to enhance wellbeing for all.

There is no cost to affiliation, merely a mutual commitment to cross-post news, knowledge, and information about training and learning opportunities. SVC affiliates can offer their own members discounted access to SVC ‘happenings’.

As an affiliate you will also receive ongoing recognition as part of our national and international movement on the SVC website, in newsletters, and on social media. Contact us for more details.

Reasons to be Optimistic in 2023

This short blog, written by Ben Carpenter, CEO of Social Value International, reflects on some key developments of the last 12 months.

As Ben says, “these developments provide me with hope and optimism for 2023. I hope this energises you too and inspires you into more collaboration across the social value movement, as we grow and build momentum in our mission to change the way the world accounts for value.”