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Social Audit Network March 2013

Welcome to this month’s SAN newsletter, containing news and articles about the practice of social accounting and audit, and measuring social value, from across the UK and around the world.

The Social Audit Network promotes and supports social accounting and audit as the preferred means for organisations operating in the community, social economy and public sectors to report on their social, environmental and economic performance.

The 2013 SAN Gathering and networking event is just over a month away. We would also like to invite all social auditors to a meeting the previous day. Alan Kay will lead a development session around social auditing. For more information contact Mary McGarry or info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

Go to the SAN website for more information about the gathering… 

SAN Conference 2013

Social Accounting and Audit . . . how it can help you to demonstrate your social value

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is pleased to announce its programme for the forthcoming 2013 Gathering and networking event, which will be held on Friday 19th April 2013, at 54 St James’ Street, Liverpool L1 0AB.

Are you interested in social value? Do you want to know more about how to investigate and report on your organisation’s social, environmental and economic impact? SAN is hosting a gathering for social economy practitioners interested in making social impact reporting work for them. 

Our programme includes:

  • Contributions from Caroline Mason (Big Society Capital),  Maggie O’Carroll, (The Women’s Organisation), Kieron Kirkland (Nominet Trust) and Chris Dabbs,  (Unlimited Potential)
  • Taster sessions on why and how to put Social Accounting & Audit in to practice
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded social entrepreneurs and community advocates

The programme has been designed to help you:

  • Consider whether your organisation should start social accounting
  • Understand more about the whole process of social accounting and audit
  • Hear from investors why social accounting and audit is important to them
  • Share in the experiences of other organisations

The cost of this full day event is £120 for non-members of SAN and £95 for SAN members. The cost INCLUDES a copy of ‘Prove! Improve! Account! – the Guide to Social Accounting and Audit’(normally sold at £40 each).

SAN is pleased to announce that Big Society Capital will be providing a number of sponsored places at the event. For further information, please see the SAN website www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk or e-mail: info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

 

Articles

Measuring social impact news

 Society Capital has just been launched an online impact framework support and guidance, which can be found at http://www.bigsocietycapital.com/guidance-social-sector-organisations .  The framework focusses on a matrix of outcomes which they hope will be a useful starting point for organizations in their social impact measurement.

 Big Society Capital includes SAN as one of organisations who can help people set up their impact measurement systems.   For more information, contact Lisa McMullan or Barbara Beaton via the SAN email info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

 The Cabinet office and NESTA are launching the Centre for Social Action, which will be in operation from April 2013. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-boost-to-innovations-that-support-social-action)

Within the Centre for Social Action, Nesta will run a new Innovation Fund, extending its existing work and support of innovative social action initiatives. The Centre for Social Action’s Innovation Fund will be backed by £10m from the Cabinet Office and £4m from Nesta. It will provide financial and non-financial support to help grow the impact of innovations that harness the capabilities, expertise and resourcefulness of citizens and civil society.

The Social Impact Analysts Association has published the work of Caroline Fiennes . The SIAA, (along with lots of experts nowadays) are realising what SAA has been saying for ages.  Basically there are two viewpoints - if you are a commissioner with finite money to invest, you want to invest it in an organisation to maximise an impact that you have chosen to emphasise; but if you are an organisation, you want to know what you are doing, how well you are performing and what impacts you are having... so that you can make decisions and become more effective.  If you are a commissioner you might want to assess impact before investing (eg. with predictive SROI techniques); if you are an organisation you look at performance and impact ( eg. using SAA)...

None of this is rocket science.  See http://www.siaassociation.org/guest-blog-why-whats-our-impact-is-the-wrong-question-and-a-better-question/

 

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Social accounting in Korea

Korea’s Social Impact Support Foundation has been working on its ‘Dream partner 'and' co-operatives' design’.

There is growing interest in the Framework Act on Cooperative Enforcement, with the establishment of Cooperatives in Korea becoming popular. A programme at the Foundation Center, YMCA, from 14 December 2012 until 23 January 2013, included bi-weekly planning workshops. From those who gathered in December last year to study cooperatives, many now actually are going to start the preparation process for the establishment of cooperatives in their area.

For the first time in Korea, an operating manual has been developed for a social enterprise incubator center. The Incubating Center's first social enterprise entrepreneurship courses include how to run a social enterprise. This is based in study with the Social Investment Support Foundation in London, and the Council of the Social Enterprise London incubators.

The programme also includes social accounting and audit, and the first Audit Panel for the Southwest Minwoohoe Cooperative has recently been held. Also, the Southwest Women’s Link Cooperative held their first social audit committee in February. "Social accounting" co-operatives, social enterprises and social economy organizations measure the social performance of the organization using performance indicators and explain the value of the existence of the organization and verification, and evaluation tools to adjust and improve their work.

Nowon Social Economy gathers information on the needs and desires of local residents seeking local residents using an action toolkit. As the enterprise is in a village, there are many points that need to be addressed together for all residents. It has often been difficult to know what to do with whom, however, using the Toolkit, the enterprise now understands the desires of Samsamohoh local people much better.

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SAN North East

Always a hotbed of social accounting, we now look forward to the reinvigorated Social Audit Network North East in order to development social auditing as an effective tool within the North East in order to identify and measure the impact of our endeavours  whilst utilising these methodologies to identify new products, services and business performance. I thought it might be useful to forward SES latest copy of our audited Social Accounts 2010-12:

SES (Sustainable Enterprise Strategies) is a social enterprise company with over three decades of practical business experience in supporting and developing co-operatives, social and community enterprises, and the growth of self-employment within Tyne & Wear region. The development of enterprise skills, the growth of self-employment and successful social enterprises all offer people alternative routes out of inequality and poverty.

Within present day economies, it is essential that we deliver positive results by our investment decisions, identify impact of our endeavours and activities within social, environmental and economic settings, and prove that our activities make a difference. For the last 12 years SES has implemented yearly independent and verified Social Accounts in order to measure the impact and outcomes of SES activities whilst improving our services and products.

SES independent Social Accounts for 2010-12 demonstrated that SES created 492 new traditional businesses, employing 599 people with a combined projected turnover that can be estimated at £9.6 million. 82% of these business starts were by clients who were previously unemployed/jobless. 95% of the clients lacked financial resources or the ability to write a meaningful business plan. Intensive, one-to-one support was the only effective way of addressing these issues. Over 85% of clients stated that their understanding of business planning and their business capacity increased.

The Social Accounts further demonstrated that between 2010-12 SES business survival were above 71% after 2 years of trading, such survival rates are effective when compared to national averages, particularly given fact that 82% were jobless prior to trading. As a consequence, over the Social Accounting over £1,131.600 income tax was paid by these new business starts. Moreover, 82% of these new business starts were unemployed prior to trading, as a result there is a welfare benefit saving to of £5.14m.  Over £9,594,000 first year trading income was generated by the 492 business starts the majority of which (69%) were from the most hard-pressed communities and 82% were previously jobless.

There are 215 directly assisted SES social enterprises, these Social Enterprises have a combined turnover of £23.3m; employ 1,334 local residents and attracted £1.4m of business investment within the social accounting period.

The gender divide within SES Social Enterprise ownership/directorship is 71% female and 29% male; this ratio is substantial higher than the national average. Moreover, in relation to SES traditional enterprise start-up’s 40% were owned by women compared with a national rate of 25%.

The areas of expertise and knowledge base of SES are as follows and are set within the values of SES as described within our social accounts.

  • Co-operative & Mutual trading legal structures
  • Co-operative, mutual and social enterprise development start-up and growth
  • Community Enterprise & Credit union development and growth
  • Traditional enterprise development and growth
  • Externalisation of public services
  • Business planning and business case devlopment
  • Market Research / sales
  • Advising & developing trading arms / streams for community, voluntary and charities
  • Investment Readiness & Social Investment
  • Business Planning and Review
  • Building & Facilities Management
  • Consortia business development
  • Trading & Procurement readiness 
  • Community Economic Development 
  • Back room services such as pay roll & HR
  • Business idea generation
  • Business modelling
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market identification & Opportunities 
  • Evaluation
  • Financial management and modelling, cash-flow, profit / loss and balance sheet
  • Service and product redesign 
  • Social Accounting & Social Return on Investment methodologies
  • Business succession & conversion planning

Please do not hesitate to contact me if your require clarification on the enclosed SES Social Accounts please contact /mail me.

Mark Heskett Saddington

Director

SES (Sustainable Enterprise Strategies)

The Co-operative Centre, Sunderland.

Tel:                  0191 5105500

Email:               mark@ses.coop

Web Site:         www.ses.coop

 

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Scottish Enterprise Collection archive – resources about social accounting

The first section within the Social Audit and Accounting Reports series which is Social Audit – Scotland has now been catalogued. Volumes including papers written by John Pearce, case studies and other literature about social accounting and audit are now available.

To view the list of items available  you can do a keyword search using the following keywords ‘John Pearce Collection’ using the Library  Catalogue http://ilink.gcal.ac.uk/uhtbin/webcat or click on the ‘Find books or ebooks’ from the Library Home page http://www.gcu.ac.uk/library/.

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What do these countries have in common?

Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Italy, Spain, Greece, Ireland, UK, Poland, Khazakstan, Russia?   All of them are now home to SAN’s Social Accounting and Auditing Manual!    Helen Vines (VINESWORKS) has recently returned from facilitating and presenting at a two day event in Malta, organised by the British Council.  “Our Shared Future” is a programme for social entrepreneurs.  First there was a call for ideas from budding entrepreneurs.  18 people were selected to participate in an on-line business planning course and to attend this networking and learning event.   The range of social enterprise ideas was impressive, including electronic scooters hire scheme (not dissimilar from the “Boris Bikes” idea), healthy eating and internet cafes where there are currently none, sustainable construction projects, employment skills projects, making science simple for children through theatre and new organisations to help young people engage in new and growing democracies such as Libya.  As well as facilitating the event, Helen gave two presentations, one of which was on social impact measurement, and in particular social accounting and auditing.  She showed the Five Lamps video of their experience of impact measurement and their social accounts.  Five Lamps won the RSB SE100 Social Impact award in 2012.
 
The British Council were generous in agreeing to Helen’s suggestion of purchasing a manual for each entrepreneur - these were much appreciated!   An interesting observation was that in the final action planning session, many said they were going to go away and develop social outcomes and indicators to measure their social impact.  It was a concept which hadn’t been covered in the business planning course, and the idea was really well received.  So, hopefully in a year, we’ll see the first sets of accounts emerging from some of these countries, which would be an exciting development, especially for those going through times of great change.  Helen’s talk (and the other keynote talks) is available at:  
 
http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3089253/events/1910912/videos/12809301
 
Helen Vines is a social auditor and social enterprise business advisor, trainer and facilitator and SAN’s South West Regional Co-ordinator.  helen@vinesworks.co.uk   www.vinesworks.co.uk

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Stop Press

2013 Gathering and networking event


SAN is hosting a gathering for social economy practitioners interested in making social impact reporting work for them.

Our programme includes:

  • Contributions from Caroline Mason (Big Society Capital), Maggie O'Carroll, (The Women's Organisation), Kieron Kirkland (Nominet Trust) and Chris Dabbs, (Unlimited Potential)
  • Taster sessions on why and how to put Social Accounting & Audit in to practice
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded social entrepreneurs and community advocates


The programme has been designed to help you:

  • Consider whether your organisation should start social accounting
  • Understand more about the whole process of social accounting and audit
  • Hear from investors why social accounting and audit is important to them
  • Share in the experiences of other organisations


The cost of this full day event is £125 for non-members of SAN and £95 for SAN members. The cost INCLUDES a copy of Prove! Improve! Account! the Guide to Social Accounting and Audit (normally sold at £40 each).

SAN is pleased to announce that Big Society Capital will be providing a number of sponsored places at the event.

For further information, please see the SAN website or e-mail: info@socialauditnetwork.org.uk.

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Contacts and Coordinators

North East England

Julie Gowland

South East

Barbara Beaton

South Central England

Dave Furze

North West England

Liz Brooks Allen and Anne Lythgoe

West Midlands and East Midlands

Iftikar Karim (until June 2016) and Sean Smith

Yorkshire and Humber

Bernie Speight

South West England

Helen Vines

Northern Ireland

Peter MacCafferty