Investing in social change

11 Sep 2014

Based on the 2014 SVA Oration, Michael Traill explores innovative ways to build an efficient capital market for social purpose – one smart and sustainable enough to solve today’s entrenched social problems.

  • Despite massive investment in the social sector, Australia has not made much progress on the core moral and economic issues of exclusion and disadvantage
  • The major inhibitor to effective capital allocation for social purpose is the failure to be clear about desired outcomes
  • Four steps to drive an efficient and sustainable capital market are: the social purpose sector becoming more outcomes focused; government leaders driving the culture change needed; mainstream institutional investors investing in social change; and catalytic philanthropy backing programs and organisations that can drive systemic change.
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