The idea that one day all investors could understand not only their financial return on investment but also their social ROI was the impetus for Sara Olsen to found SVT Group, the first impact management firm, in 2001. SVT is a “best for the world” certified B Corporation that designs and implements systems to measure, manage and communicate social and ecological impact, and use this to identify direct streams of previously hidden value for client organizations. SVT systems have assessed the social and environmental value of over $9Bn in assets for clients including Yo Yo Ma, Ciudad Saludable, Beneficial State Bank, and CalPERS’ Environmental Investment Advisor.
Recognized twice as one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs by Bloomberg Businessweek for her work defining and growing the impact management discipline, Sara has directly trained over 7000 individuals in impact management skills; is methodology co-chair for Social Value International, “the professional home for people working to change the way society accounts for value”; and is founding board member of Social Value United States, its US chapter. She has served as Social Value International’s delegate to the Impact Management Project and Social Value US’s delegate to the Global Steering Group, the successor organization to the G8’s initiative on impact investing and impact measurement. Sara is also the co-founder of the Global Social Venture Competition.