The inaugural Taiwan Social Value and Impact Forum was held in Taipei City on May 30th.
Over one hundred participants gathered at the Eslite Performance Hall at Songshan Cultural Park to attend the full-day event. Overseas speakers joining the conference included Jeremy Nicholls from Social Value International, Ken Ito from SROI Japan, Terence Yuen from Hong Kong Institute of Social Impact Analysts, Albert Teo from National University of Singapore and Li Zhiyan from the China Roundtable Conference for Donors. The Mayor of Taipei Ko Wen-je also attended the conference and delivered a brief remark highlighting the importance social impact measurement in policy formulation and implementation.
Jeremy Nicholls delivered the keynote speech titled Accountancy Will Change the World which examined how advancement in and adoption of social value accounting could fundamentally change the ways investors and asset owners make capital allocation decisions and consequently lead humankind to begin to address, rather than continue to deepen, social inequalities and environmental degradation.
After the one-day policy forum, a SROI practitioner training workshop was organized in Taipei in the next two days, and the local practitioners are now contemplating the idea of establishing the new professional entity Social Value Taiwan to further promote social impact assessment across the public, social and corporate domains.