“You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference”

— Wangari Maathai
Environmental activist, first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004

Numbers4Good (N4G) is a pioneering financial organisation bridging the worlds of finance and positive social and environmental impact. Our vision is for global financial markets to serve people and planet. We create financial solutions, and advise organisations, tackling social and environmental challenges.

“Creative capitalism isn't some big new economic theory. It is a way to answer a vital question: How can we most effectively spread the benefits of capitalism and the huge improvements in quality of life it can provide to people who have been left out?”
— Bill Gates

What is social investment?

Social investment is the provision and use of capital to generate social as well as financial returns.

Drawing on its strengths as a leading financial centre and the site of a flourishing social sector, the UK is emerging as a global hub for social investment. It has a strong set of relevant expertise and a cluster of social investment financial intermediaries. These have been boosted by the Government’s decision to create Big Society Capital with £600 million of funding, which is intended to provide wholesale finance to the sector. A new infrastructure for social investment is developing, including the launch of the Social Stock Exchange in June 2013.

On the product side, the UK has pioneered social investment products such as the Social Impact Bond which aims to link investment returns to quantifiable social impacts and the world’s first bond was in Peterborough to reduce reoffending. The UK is forging ahead in creating this asset class, which is predicted to be worth £1 billion by 2016 as a result of high double-digit annual growth.