Maximising positive social impact
Intentionality is all about having a positive social impact, and maximising that impact as far as possible. We understand positive ‘social impact’ to be about the well-being and flourishing of individuals and communities, and of the environment. Our work with clients, and our internal operations, are all founded on and flavoured by an understanding of well-being and what really matters to people and planet.
In our own operations, we bring this relentless focus on positive social impact to life in the following ways:
- We aim to be transparent in evidencing and reporting our social impact and therefore produce an Impact Report on an annual basis. Some examples of our impact in 2012-13 are listed below. Read the full report.
- In furthering our aim of supporting start ups and social enterprise research we deliver pro bono support to early stage entrepreneurs, social enterprises that otherwise couldn’t afford to pay and to academic social enterprise researchers. In 2012-13 we gave 33 hours of pro bono support to 14 different ventures and projects.
- In supporting the social enterprise community we aim to ‘buy social,’ purchasing from the social enterprise community as part of our everyday business activities. In 2012-13 36% of non-staff expenditure was spent with social enterprises and ‘green’ suppliers. For example our printer and cartridges are from Inklusive CIC, our marketing material is printed by Graphic Design & Print CIC and our office supplies are from the Green Office.
- Intentionality also recognises that our operations have an impact on the environment and that we have a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We have an Environmental Policy, which we are committed to continually improving and implementing as an integral part of our business strategy and operations.
Intentionality is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and, as such, is a ‘not-for-private-profit’ entity, committed to delivering a positive impact for the social enterprise community and reinvesting a significant proportion of any financial surpluses back into the provision of social impact measurement and other social enterprise support.