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Our vision, mission, principles and values

Big Society Capital is an independent financial institution with a social mission, set up to help grow the social investment market.

 Our vision

 Our mission

 Our principles

 Our values

Our vision is for:

A  vibrant, diverse, well capitalised and sustainable social investment market in the UK, through which charities and social enterprises can access appropriate and affordable finance and support to grow their positive impact on society.

Our mission is:

  • As an investor: To have a transformative impact on the social investment market in the UK by supporting social investment finance intermediaries to become financially robust and able to: Attract greater and more diverse sources of investment; Effectively and efficiently channel appropriate and affordable capital to the social sector; and Provide effective financial and business support services to the social sector.
  • As a champion: To increase awareness of and confidence in social investment by: Promoting best practice and sharing information; Improving links between the social investment and mainstream financial markets; and Working with other investors to embed social impact assessment into the investment decision-making process.

We were set up with four founding principles:


The Big Society Trust, an independent holding company that owns 60% of our shares, was set up to ensure that we are held ‘on mission’. We are not owned or controlled by Government, nor are we controlled by the banks that have invested in us, which have capped shares of 40%. Read more about our governance.


We are committed to producing details of the financial and social impact of our investments. We act as a champion for sharing information and expertise across the social investment sector. Read more about our commitment to transparency.


Over time, we need to cover our operating costs and any losses from the return on our investments, as well as earn a small financial return. This will demonstrate that the social investment model is sustainable.


We act as a wholesaler, deploying capital through finance intermediaries including organisations providing market infrastructure.

Read our full strategy report: 

Our values are:


We are passionate and energetic in our work to bring about our long-term vision of a thriving social investment market that enables positive social impact.

Pioneering Spirit

We give our team the autonomy and flexibility to be entrepreneurial and creative. We have the courage to push boundaries and a restless drive for change.


We listen, learn, experiment and collaborate. And we are adaptive and flexible in responding to what we learn.


We take a rigorous approach in all we do. We expect the highest standards and continually strive for excellence.


We are genuine in both our approach and aspiration. We value each member of our team and our partners for what they bring.