Following the 2007-2009 financial crisis, developed economies around the world have set about exploring fairer and more stable approaches to global finance. Within this context, the EU-funded DOLFINS project addressed the global challenge of making the financial system better serve society. It did so by placing scientific evidence and citizens’ participation at the centre of the policy process concerning finance.
PlusValue contributed to the project by identifying, collecting and analysing information and data to build a database of key players in the social finance market – including advocacy organisations, impact investors, social and ethical banks, family offices, foundations, institutional and long-term investors as well as “traditional” philanthropists and banks with an interest into the social and environmental consequences of financial decisions and policies addressing the financial markets. Moreover, we were in charge of identifying and documenting best practices in the social finance domain, in terms of concrete projects, policy, and regulation, as well as organizing multidisciplinary workshops about the influence of the financial industry versus citizens’ influence on policies with small groups of stakeholders and external experts.