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The Social Stock Exchange – the UK’s new market for impact investing – has today its third annual research book. Produced by investment research firm All Street, the guide delivers both an independent take on each member firm as well as an overview of the impact investing market as a whole. 

Forward thinking asset managers and private investors alike, are increasingly looking to build portfolios that deliver an impact that reaches beyond pure financial returns. The next generation of investors want to show a degree of responsibility in how they invest, and the idea of impact – where there is a measurable social or environmental benefit, as well as a quest for profits – addresses this need.
 
Over the last 12 months, the number of Social Stock Exchange member firms has grown by over 150% to 30 organisations. These companies have a total value of over GBP2 billion and during 2015 they have collectively raised in excess of GBP400m by successfully accessing capital markets.
 
Tomás Carruthers (pictured), Chief Executive of the Social Stock Exchange, says: “The 2016 research book – our biggest to date – highlights the range and quality of investment opportunities that our member firms bring to the table. The market’s reaction to impact investing in 2015 was nothing short of amazing, and I am absolutely convinced that our program for the year ahead will drive the popularity of impact investing to new heights. I look forward to welcoming many more new issuers and investors to the Social Stock Exchange, encouraged in no small part by this document.”
 
Emanuela Vartolomei, Chief Executive of All Street, says: “Today, we recognise that a company’s profit is inexorably tied to the prosperity of its customers, employees, communities and society as a
whole. Profitability and social impact go hand in hand. We have used our unique research methodology and industry experience to provide an independent and in-depth analysis of the member companies and the wider market. We want to encourage financial investors to use different lenses when constructing their portfolios. We look forward to ever greater engagement in social impact.”
Being approved for membership of the Social Stock Exchange requires the annual submission and approval of an impact report. Once admitted, member firms have the opportunity to list their instruments on the Social Stock Exchange segment of ISDX. They also benefit from high quality research coverage and have the opportunity to participate in an extended programme of outreach events to access new impact investors.

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