Poached Creative measured its social impact on an ongoing basis to make sure we were fulfilling our mission of putting creative jobs within reach for marginalised people.
Since Poached Creative began in 2009, we've believed that doing business an a way that generates social value is achievable, even in the toughest of sectors.
We measured our activities against five outcomes we identified as central to our mission:
- skills and experience
- industry and knowledge
- feeling valued.
Our latest social impact report show that 58% of trainees are undertaking some form of paid employment within two years of training with us and 97% say we contributed positively or very positively to their skills and experience.
Communicating social value
As a social enterprise ourselves, we understand how important it is not only to measure your social value, but to communicate it far and wide.
In 2014 we worked with Iridescent Ideas to publish a white paper, Why Impact, to help organisations understand the need to report on social impact and how to get started. Request a free copy from Iridescent Ideas on their resources page.
Over the last few years we've helped a number of organisations to create social impact reports, plan social media marketing, and communicate a social message as an integral part of their brand.
See what we did for:
Our impact extended to the way we developed our supply chain to include fellow social enterprises and the collaborative way we worked with social enterprise and charity partners like The Big Issue, Positive News, Pavement Magazine, Mediorite and Bootstrap.
Our strong social supply chain meant that all printing, training and materials were sourced from other social enterprises, further increasing the social value our projects are able to generate.
We strove to minimise our environmental impact, share resources, pay the London Living Wage or above, offer flexible working, are open about mental health and offer free meeting space and communications support to two smaller charities.
We also supported fellow social enterprises through feature articles and news stories, and highlighted causes close to our hearts on our blog.