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The Good Economy

The Good Economy ... An idea whose time has come

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess



WHY WE EXIST

We want to live in a just and inclusive society that is underpinned by a Good Economy – an economy that works for everyone.

An idea whose time has come

  • The Good Economy is an idea whose time has come. We witness this in the fields of impact investment, social business and sustainable economic development.

  • The Good Economy is a humane model of capitalism focused on tackling the global challenges of entrenched poverty and rising inequality.

  • The Good Economy requires businesses and investors to collaborate with government and communities to ensure that good jobs, good housing, good education and good health care are accessible to all – nobody is left out or left behind.

  • The Good Economy thrives on high dynamism and wide inclusion. Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurism pervade all aspects of economic life.

HOW WE WORK

The Good Economy vision guides our work and provides a common purpose for us and our clients.

Our work is based on theoretical research, empirical observation and practical experience.

  • We are collaborative and open-minded, breaking down silos and facilitating partnerships across the private, public and social sectors.

  • We are good listeners; requiring a combination of emotional and rational sensibilities, enabling us to be heard and trusted in both the boardroom and at community level.

  • We help clients to appreciate their social purpose and become more progressive in their business and investment strategies.

WHAT WE DO

We act as social advisors to investors, business, government and social purpose organisations.

Investors

We work with a broad range of investors - including specialist social impact investors, private equity firms, mainstream asset managers and asset owners. Our breadth of experience enables us to help clients link the worlds of impact investing and mainstream finance.

  • Investment Strategy. We work with investors to develop investment strategies and new products that generate both social and financial returns.

  • Social Value Assessment. We assess the social value of investments across all asset classes, including private equity/debt, bonds and listed equities. Clients use our proprietary methodologies and data to select investments, build portfolios, create new funds, and analyse and benchmark social impact performance alongside financial performance in ways that meet high standards of transparency and accountability.

Business

We work with business leaders who want to develop a strategic approach to social value creation with a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Our services create added sustainable value for customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, communities and society.

  • Strategy. We help business leaders to identify opportunities and develop strategies to increase the social impact of their core business activities in ways that increase social value hand-in-hand with commercial success.

  • Social Value Assessment. We carry out assessments that enable businesses to identify, measure and communicate their social value.

Government and International Development Institutions

We work with governments and international development institutions to develop innovative and scaleable solutions to help tackle social problems.

  • Feasibility. We undertake market research and feasibility studies into the opportunity for social business models and innovative financing strategies.

  • Strategy and Design. We help design economic development projects and inclusive investment strategies and vehicles.

  • Social Value Assessment. We develop tools and data analysis frameworks to monitor and evaluate the social performance of projects and investment operations.

We have expertise in the areas of local economic development, affordable housing, health and social care, financial inclusion, micro and small enterprise development, social enterprise development and impact investing.

We work in both the UK and developing countries, with field experience in Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe, including post-conflict and fragile states.

The text being discussed is available at
http://www.thegoodeconomy.co.uk/about
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