SBC welcomes NZ Initiative’s report on Social Impact Bonds
Penny Nelson, Executive Director of the SBC says, “This is a really useful report for helping New Zealand learn lessons
from how Social Impact Bonds have worked overseas. The Bonds offer an innovative way of delivering government services,
that aligns well with the investment approach our government is taking in the welfare system.
“New Zealand has a unique political and regulatory environment, and the report identifies a number challenges and
suggestions for how Social Impact Bonds could be successfully implemented here. We’d like to see these challenges for
uptake in New Zealand worked through.
“Business is keen to take a leadership role on key social issues. Arrangements for corporates to be able to invest in
New Zealand’s social sector, such as through Social Impact Bonds, need to be better understood and more easily
“The SBC is taking a closer look at Social Impact Bonds in the work we are doing with Barnardos and the Akina Foundation
on youth unemployment and childcare.”