Our story

Founded by Sarah Forster and Mark Hepworth in 2015, The Good Economy has grown rapidly on a rising tide of interest in impact investment and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Today, The Good Economy enjoys a strong reputation as a trusted impact advisor and specialist in measuring and managing long-term, sustainable impact. We are also a thought leader, orchestrating a collaborative ecosystem to drive the scale-up of institutional investment for place-based impact and develop robust, transparent ESG and impact reporting standards.

We work with all types of investing institutions – from socially responsible asset managers to specialist impact investors. We also serve governments, businesses and social purpose organisations.

We work across all asset classes, with a particular specialisation in real economy sectors that drive sustainable development. These include affordable housing, SME finance and regeneration.

All our work aims to support inclusive and sustainable development in the UK and internationally. Our goal is to influence capital flows so that the financial system plays its part in solving major social and environmental problems.


Known for our convening power, we believe that partnerships are critical to building a Good Economy and every organisation has a role to play.

We are also members of a number of local and global impact investing aligned organisations and serve as the Secretariat for Sustainability for Housing. In addition, we partner across sectors and disciplines in various research and other collaboration projects.

We are proud of our Living Wage Employer and Good Business Charter accreditations and we are members of the Better Business Act Coalition.