We are the New Zealand member organisation of Social Value International, a global network who set best practice standards for Social Value, Social Return on Investment and Impact Accounting.

Our mission is to change the way society accounts for value.

Jo Nicholson

Director for Social Value Aotearoa welcomes you to our network and our website.

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We are a member-led professional network for those who want to inspire change through social accounting, measuring impact and social value.

What we do:

In order to change the way society accounts for value we follow four strategic pillars:

  1. Drive systems change
  2. Build capability for innovation
  3. Create the space for change
  4. Build new solutions

We coordinate a range of activities in line with these strategic goals:

  •  We run regular Social Return on Investment (SROI) training as well as other skills labs and workshops
  • We bring together NZ’s social value community with regular networking events
  • We host and speak at conferences and events
  • We publish about best practice social value methods and activities
  • We create tools and resources to up-skill our members
  • We advocate for social impact accounting to become a core part of the way society accounts for value

Find out about our journey 

Our 7 Principles

We are guided by the following principles of Social Value:


Involve stakeholders.


Understand what changes.


Value the outcomes that matter.


Only include what is material.


Do not over-claim.


Be transparent.


Verify the result.


Meet the team working behind the scenes to support the New Zealand member network and build a movement for change.

Jo Nicholson

Jo brings 20 years experience in workforce development, tertiary teaching and management and implementing and embedding evaluative frameworks. She believes in leading by example and is passionate about preparing people to manage and react to change positively.

Emma O'Donnell

Project Coordinator
With a background in health research and policy, Emma is passionate about equity and community advocacy. She believes in the importance of shifting sovereignty to source communities to drive their own outcomes.