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Social Audit Network November 2012



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.

This month's newsletter contains information about SAN training events. We are keen to expand available support for organisations starting out in social accounting. If you have attended either the Social Accounting or Prove, Improve and Account Masterclass delivered by SAN trainers over the last 5 years and are available help others, please contact SAN at We will add your name to a list of advisers shortly to feature on our website. Please tell us about yourself and what support you may be able to provide.

Membership of SAN offers discounts on SAN events and Guides. Substantial offers are now available for Members purchasing Guides in bulk for distribution or re-sale. If you are a member wishing to take advantage of these offers, please contact the SAN office (

Discounts will also be available for the next SAN Gathering on 19th April 2013. Further information will be available shortly.





Does social value make a good employer?

SAN supporter Justin Bentham writes:

In terms of creating a good society the role of good employers is vital. We need a clear definition/list of behaviours that generate social value. We need to know more about good employers and their practices (best practice case studies) to start to educate people on what they should expect in terms of standards from their employers, educate employers about what they should/could be doing on this and educate commissioners of services on what to look out for in good organisations that generate social value. There is a lot of evidence that the best employers create a happy workforce which is more productive and therefore competitive than an unhappy one and that is the best line to take:

I think it would be good to get organisations that are living and breathing social value to speak out.

The companies in the following list are (assuming this is not a cynical marketing exercise) applying work life balance flexible working practices, encouraging volunteering and giving etc. The ‘not for profit’ page lists companies I am sure use social accounting to measure and prove social value.

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Inspiring Impact

In the south east SAN has been invited to join a national working group to develop a Code of Good Impact Practice, which is a key product of the Inspiring Impact Programme coordinated by New Philanthropy Capital. Coordinated by NCVO, the working group has approximately 15 representatives from organisations in the field of social impact measurement and those interested in its development.

The Code of Good Impact Practice aims to set out good practice around planning, measuring and communication impact for charities and social enterprises, working around key principles. It is planned to circulate a draft Code for consultation across the community and voluntary sector in January.

For more information about the Inspiring Impact programme visit their website at or contact Barbara Beaton, our south east representative. Barbara can be contacted at

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New Philanthropy Capital's Launch

"SAN attended the launch of New Philanthropy Capital's report Making an Impact: Impact Measurement among charities and social enterprises in the UK yesterday (26 November) in Birmingham. Excellent presentations from Eibhlin Ni Ogain of NPC, Dr Hugh Raymond-Pickard of IntoUniversity and Carol Candler of Northern Rock Foundation and some stimulating debate."

"It was a broader discussion about measuring impact and both Hugh Raymond-Pickard and Carol Candler had some really interesting things to say about their approaches to it. No direct references to social accounting as both IntoUniversity and Northern Rock simply report on theirs. SAN asked if the panelists thought that independently verified accounts, much like financial audits, was a good idea and Hugh agreed that it was." - a comment in response to a question from Helen Vines

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SAN visits Africa

Alan Kay, one of SAN's Directors, travelled to Cape Town in South Africa in November. He had been invited by the Social Enterprise Academy in South Africa along with the Imani Development Foundation to deliver a two day workshop on social accounting and audit and a one day Social Auditor Training Workshop.

Both were very well attended and a great deal of interest was generated in social accounting. The social enterprise sector in South Africa is beginning to gain momentum and organisations are interested in how their performance and impact can be measured or fully explained. There are currently at least four organisations interested in keeping sets of social accounts and the Academy are looking at ways of working in partnership to create a social audit network in southern Africa.

During his time there he also met with the African Social Enterprise Network and the visited the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship which is part of the University of Cape Town. he was also lucky enough to have some time to take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy the mind goggling and spectacular view!

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Social Enterprise UK launches Social Value Guide

Social Enterprise UK has launched the Social Value Guide, designed to help local authorities and other public bodies prepare for the Social Value Act ahead of its implementation in January 2013. Read more here:

Also if you want to develop it with a higher words count there in an article to be found here in the Charity Times:

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SAN Korea

You are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Social Investment Foundation in Korea for social accounting and audit.


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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