John Pearce Memorial Lecture
posted July 1st, 2016
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The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors. SAN holds regular meetings, events and an annual conference at venues around the UK, distributes a monthly SAN circular to its email network. The email network now consists of nearly 1400 contacts, mostly in the UK.What is Social Accounting and Audit ?
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CBS Network through their trading arm (JUST the Business) developed and wrote a Guide to Social Enterprise Planning. As CBS Network has been wound up, the Social Audit Network is now selling the Guide for £15 and making a contribution to the Social Enterprise Collection (archive) at Glasgow Caledonian University. The Guide, which only exists in electronic copy, combines the essential elements of business planning with the need for systems to track and account for social change.
For further details on purchasing this guide please contact email@example.com. We will then send this to you, along with the 6 annexes, electronically by email.
SAN is publishing a new set of case studies of organisations which have embedded social accounting within their organisations. These case studies aim to illustrate how social accounting is used across organisations of differing sizes and from different areas of business. The first case study is from St Leger Homes…
St Leger was set up by Doncaster Council in 2005, following a consensus decision made by council house tenants at that time. They are responsible for the management of council homes, along with a portfolio of shopping parades, garage sites and land. They also manage the Housing Register on behalf of Doncaster Council and undertake other work as agreed and required by the Council, for example they have recently taken over the management of Gypsy & Traveller sites and continue to expand their private sector landlord service.
St Leger Homes are a limited, not-for-profit distributing company employing 720 people and are a living wage employer.
St Leger Homes’ first set of Social Accounts covered the period from April 2014 to March 2015. They have a strong vision and value base with clearly defined strategic objectives, and associated KPIs. The SAA process works with their existing reporting systems, focusing on social impact and activities that add value to their core business of providing quality housing for tenants and their families.
Four new case studies are now available to download from our web pages: http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/learn-more/case-studies/
They have been prepared to highlight new trends in social accounting practice and to examine in detail the benefits of social accounting. They also contain tips and advice from organisations at different stages in their social accounting journey and from differing backgrounds.'
John Pearce, who died from cancer aged just 69, was a major and influential force in community development and in particular was a pioneer in community enterprise - the precursor to social enterprise.
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Social Audit Network and the SROI Network (soon to be Social Value UK)
strengthen links through reciprocal membership
Colleagues from the Social Audit Network (SAN) and the SROI Network (soon to be Social Value UK) recently met to discuss joint interests and potential areas for closer working. Now formally members of each other’s organisations, one area of discussion was the increasing need for independent assurance of social accounts and SROI reports. If social value reporting is to be credible in the medium and long term, there needs to be independent verification or audit for meaningful inclusion in tender evaluation.
Jeremy Nicholls, CEO of the SROI Network and SIAA, soon to be Social Value International, said 'we're delighted to be working more closely together with SAN. Our organisations have a number of shared values and aims, and we hope that this reciprocal membership will lead to a more united front to work towards more accounting for social and environmental impact and value.'
Lisa McMullan, Chair of the SAN Board, said 'With the increased interest which we have seen since the Social Value Act, we hope that by working more closely together, SAN and Social Value UK can help organisations in the social economy decide how best to measure their social impact’
Jeremy Nicholls will also be presenting a workshop on SROI at this year’s SAN Annual Gathering, which will be held in partnership with Salford University’s Business School, at their Media City Campus, on Friday 17th April 2015. For more information, see the article above.
SAN and SIAA, soon to be Social Value International, are also hoping to be able to put their global networks in touch with each other across the world.
SAN and the SROI Network had previously released a joint statement which described the similarities and differences in the two frameworks, available to download here.
The Guide to Social Accounting & Audit can now be ordered via the SAN office or your SAN Regional Co-ordinator. The Guide takes account of the growing experience of social accounting and audit in recent years and includes reference to the range of frameworks and methods developed to help organisations explain and account for their performance and impact. It is a “roadmap” to the social accounting and audit process and has been written for social enterprises, social economy organisations and voluntary sector organisations that wish to regularly account and report on their social, economic and environmental performance and impact. The Guide consists of a paper version with a companion CD and costs £40 each (inclusive of P&P to a UK address) or £30 each if ten or more copies are ordered (plus P&P)
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