Transparency is a lofty ambition, but one which can be hard to live up to when you are busy in the day-to-day of what you are doing.
Although it was one of our founding principles, and one which we have been committed to since our organisation was launched, we knew that we needed to do more. So last year we launched an Open Conversation on Transparency to hear from our stakeholders what they would like to see. Our ambition was to better understand what we could, and should, do to:
- Increase the availability of information on social investment to: support charities and social enterprises that are considering social investment; for fund managers who are currently providing finance; and for institutions who are looking to invest.
- Improve understanding of Big Society Capital as an institution.
- Ensure the public and other stakeholders can hold us to account for our activities and results.
The Conversation resulted in lots of fantastic ideas, and we have already made significant improvements, particularly around the publishing of the data that we hold.
One great idea was for us to hold an annual open meeting to give everyone with an interest in our activities the opportunity to ask questions and discuss ideas about our strategy and operations with our Board and Senior Management Team. In response to this, we will be holding our inaugural Big Society Capital Town Hall on 2nd November 2016. We hope that as many people as possible will be able to join us to share their ideas and thoughts. If you’d like to come along, please pre-register at as space will be limited.
If you aren’t able to join us, we’d still like to hear from you. You can get in touch with your ideas by emailing Alastair Ballantyne.
Thank you to all of you for helping us to continually improve how we live up to our commitment to transparency and improve as an organisation. It is through this sort of open partnership that we will be most effective in developing social investment so that it really can be used as a tool to address challenging social issues.