Developing a global financial centre for social impact investment

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'Developing a global financial centre for social impact investment' explores how leading financial centres can support and enable the global growth of the social impact investment market.
Key findings
  • International connections: London enjoys strong trading relationships across the world and robust tansport infrastructure.
  • Knowledge and expertise: London is seen as having expertise in financial and social innovation. Integrating this expertise and skilled resources with the social sector is necessary.
  • Innovation in products and instruments: London is behind other locations in terms of developing products for retail markets and the social sector.
  • Maturity and attractiveness of financial markets: In supporting the SII market, London has a range of financial markets to draw on
  • Favourable environment: The transparency of regulatory frameworks give investors confidence in making investments in London.
  • Social impact standards and reporting: Unlike other global financial centres, London does not have a standard accreditation model.

The research develops a three-stage model of development for a global financial centre, with particular consideration of London’s current position. The research finds that London is seen as a strong national financial centre for SII, specifically in terms of its financial markets and regulatory, policy and legal environment, and has potential to become a global financial centre for SII.

However to do so London also needs to address a number of aspects including accreditation models, enabling greater retail investment, and technical assistance models. 

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