WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE
BUT WE'LL PUT IT OUT
"Capitalism isn’t immoral, it’s amoral – it’s a wild beast that needs to be led.
Here Sir Ronnie provides the core operating manual for those seeking to do good while also doing well."
LEAD SINGER OF U2; CO-FOUNDER OF THE RISE FUND
There is a solution
within our grasp.
IMPACT is an inspiring manifesto showing that changing the world and making a profit can go hand in hand.
Throughout the world, capitalism and democracy are being challenged with great force. We need a new path to a new world where inequality is shrinking, where natural resources are regenerated, and people can benefit from shared prosperity.
This is the world being created by the IMPACT Revolution.
IMPACT Revolution in the Media
We are facing huge social and environmental problems. The world must change, but we cannot change it by throwing money at old ideas that no longer work. We must adjust our approach. To change the world, we must change how we do business, starting with where and how we invest our money.
Wilfred Frost, reporter on CNBC's The Closing Bell interviews Sir Ronald Cohen on the release of IMPACT. Short 1-minute excerpt of the larger interview.
Do Good. Do Well.
In IMPACT, Sir Ronald Cohen shows us that a solution is within our grasp. Driven by impact investment, the Impact Revolution is reshaping our economic system, transforming the private sector from a polluter and driver of inequality into a powerful force for good; distributing opportunity more fairly; and bringing solutions to our great social and environmental challenges. And that it promises to be as innovative and disruptive as the Tech Revolution that has preceded it.
Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, an established business leader, an investor, a philanthropist, or involved in government - or are just interested, as a consumer or employee, in companies doing good and doing well at the same time – this book is a surefire way to find out how you can play a role in changing the world.
It’s time to raise our voices. Achieving the risk-return-impact model is within our reach. Join the movement and use #ImpactRevolution to share this message on social. There is a will. There is a way. And there has never been a greater need or better time, as billions of lives and the future of the planet depend on it. Discover how by downloading a free copy of our 8 Beliefs of the Impact Revolution.
IMPACT's launch comes as economies shut down by Covid-19 are trying to reopen. Conversations are happening about how economic measures should change going forward. The “forceful challenge” to capitalism and democracy described in the book is accelerating, and the argument for a move beyond ‘selfish capitalism’ to ‘impact capitalism’ could not come at a better time. Get a preview.
What kind of world do we want to live in?
That’s the question confronting all of us today — consumers, employees, pension savers, philanthropists, investors, entrepreneurs, social sector organizations and big company leaders. With our Impact Guide, we offer a framework by which we can invest in a future where we're leaving the world better than we found it while also creating and growing a prosperous global economy.
At every level, there are ways for consumers, companies, investors, and government to get involved in reshaping capitalism. Join our email community and get updates on all the activities happening around the Impact Revolution.
“This is an evolution in thought and a revolution in means. If we are successful, it will change the whole nature of our system.”
- Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair, GSG
Bringing together impact leaders across 33 countries worldwide and growing, The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) is a global force catalysing Impact Investment and entrepreneurship to benefit people and the planet.
WE CAN NOW MEASURE THE GOOD AND THE BAD
Envision a world that moves in only one direction: forward. A world where inequality is shrinking, where natural resources are regenerated, and people can unlock their full potential and benefit from shared prosperity. A world focused not only on minimizing harm, but on doing measurable good.
Measuring IMPACT is possible. What we need to do is standardize our measurement. By bringing together all parts of society, we can measure outcomes in a consistent, comparable and transparent way. This will amplify our IMPACT a thousandfold. Take a look at how we are able to measure the true IMPACT of companies and reflect it in their financial accounts.
We are moving towards a better and fairer world, where markets drive doing good while making profit, and people want to do good and do well at the same time.
SIR RONALD COHEN
Sir Ronald Cohen
Sir Ronald Cohen is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founding director of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and co-founding Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital.
For nearly two decades, Sir Ronald’s pioneering initiatives in driving impact investment have catalyzed a number of global efforts, each focused on driving private capital to serve social and environmental good. These efforts are leading the global impact investment movement towards an Impact Revolution.
He chaired the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s presidency of the G8 (2013-2015), the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance.
He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005). He was a founder director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder director of the European Venture Capital Association.
He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School and a Vice-Chairman of Ben Gurion University; a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers; a former director of the Harvard Management Company and the University of Oxford Investment Committee; a former trustee of the British Museum; and a former trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union and serves as an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School to which he was awarded a Henry Fellowship.
He is the author of 'IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change' - a Sunday Times Bestseller. His previous book 'The Second Bounce of the Ball' was described by the Financial Times as “One of the best books written on entrepreneurship in recent years.” Sir Ronald delivers keynotes internationally and is contacted by media groups frequently for interviews around these topics.
Sir Ronald lives in Tel Aviv, London, and New York with his wife of more than thirty years, Sharon Harel-Cohen, who is a film producer. They have two children, Tamara and Jonny.