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The Principles of Social Value and why they are important

Please note that this document was first published in 2016. Current guidance and standards for the Principles of Social Value can be found here.


The Seven Principles of Social Value are a principle-based framework for accounting for, measuring and managing social value. The Principles were originally developed in 2009 and were updated in 2015 following the merger of the SROI Network and the Social Impact Analysts Association to form Social Value UK and Social Value International. This report explains the thinking that underpins these Principles.