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  • Published: 6 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529108057
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256

Impact

Reshaping capitalism to drive real change




How to maximise the positive social and environmental impact of investment from the 'father of British venture capital', Sir Ronald Cohen.

Changing the world and making a profit can go hand in hand.

Throughout the world, capitalism and democracy are being challenged with great force. The world must change, but we cannot change it by throwing money at old ideas that no longer work. 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.

Pre-eminent international investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and social finance innovator, Sir Ronald Cohen, has dedicated two decades to leading the Impact Revolution to achieve real social and environmental change. As one of the founders of venture capital, which ushered in the Tech Revolution, he builds on his years of personal experience to deliver a compelling account of how impact investing is reshaping capitalism.

Whether you're an aspiring young entrepreneur, an established business person, an investor, a philanthropist, or somebody in government - or are interested, as a consumer or employee, in companies doing good and doing well at the same time - this book is a sure fire way to find out how you can play a role in changing the world.

  • Published: 6 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529108057
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256

About the author

Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution.

He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and Big Society Capital. He chaired the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce (2013–15), the UK Social Investment Task Force (2000–10) and the UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for Social Finance.

He was the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005), a global private equity firm, and co-founder and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association.

Oxford and Harvard educated, Sir Ronald was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK. He is based in Tel Aviv, London and New York.

Praise for Impact

Sir Ronnie provides direction in a book that should be the core operating manual for those in the business community seeking to do good while also doing well.

Bono, Lead Singer of U2 and Co-Founder of The Rise Fund

We face an uncertain economic landscape. One that we can only navigate if all of us - including governments, businesses, civil society and people - truly work together. In Impact, Sir Ronald Cohen reaffirms the conviction that we hold our destinies in our own hands, and offers a fascinating blueprint for a hope-filled future underpinned by the social power of impact investing.

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Former CEO, World Bank Group

Impact is a new and very important idea to reshape and save our economic system.

Paul Romer, Nobel Prize in Economics, 2018

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