What is Social Value?

Social Value is the value that stakeholders experience through changes in their lives. Some, but not all of this value is captured in market prices. It is important to consider and measure this social value from the perspective of those affected by an organisation's work.

Learning to account, measure and manage your social value by applying the Social Value Principles can have a range of benefits for your organisation:

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At Social Value UK, we believe that changing the way society accounts for value by increasing accounting of social and environmental value will ultimately result in an increase in equality and reduction in environmental degradation. You can join us on this journey by becoming a member.

We believe anyone can start to account for their social value, no matter the size of the organisation or the amount of resources available. Click on the following links to find out more:

What is right for you?

What are the Social Value Principles?

The SROI Guide

Examples of How SROI has helped organisations


Social Value for Investors

SROI can be used as part of the due diligence process for making an investment.

This can range from a risk management approach, helping you check that the organisation seeking finance has considered and is making steps to manage the relevant social and environmental risks, through to a business support approach for social investors, helping you check that the organisation is the right systems to manage the value they are planning to create.

Click here to download a copy of the guide to SROI for social investors.

"The core business of Noaber is to create social return, through grants and social investments. Measuring impact accurately is therefore crucial to our success, and SROI enables us to assess all relevant aspects. We have integrated SROI in our business processes of screening, monitoring and evaluating projects. Supported by the social e-valuator webtool, the method helps the team to really involve (potential) projects in analyzing and improving the social business case. Identifying the key stakeholders and social value drivers improves the quality of the decision making and monitoring process. In conclusion, SROI helps us and our investees to focus on the factors that are significant in achieving the positive change that is aimed for."- Jan Olde Loohuis- Investment Analyst


Social Value for Commissioners

Commissioners can use SROI in a number of different ways. SROI can help explore what types of value the market can provide. It can also help define outcomes that are relevant to a commissioner and provide a framework for exploring whether the outcomes can be included in a commissioning process.

Here are some publications relevant to commissioners:


Social Value for Business

SROI can help business identify risks and opportunities and provide a framework for assessing whether the business should actively manage them.

For businesses that are selling to customers that have social or environmental goals, SROI can help business identify how it can contribute to those goals.


Social Value for Organisations with a Social Purpose

Organisations which have social objectives will want to know if they are achieving these objectives. SROI is a method that can help organisations design systems that ensure they have the information they need.

This information can help in developing strategies to increase the social and environmental value you create, manage activities by comparing performance against forecasts and help communicate with funders and beneficiaries.

Information elsewhere on this site will show you how and show examples of how others have used SROI.

Click here for the Guide to SROI

"Bulky Bob's won the contract not only on the quality of the tender submission and value for money but also on the additional social and environmental benefits they bring to Liverpool and its residents. We were very impressed with their creative ideas and passion and crucially with the strength of the information they could provide to demonstrate that what they do really makes an impact"- Keith Cadman, Partnership & Contracts Manager, Liverpool City Council.