Commissions and Task Forces


» Commission on Unclaimed Assets


Sir Ronald Cohen chaired The UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets from 2005-2007.

The Commission drew together a group of experts from the banking, finance, consumer protection and third sectors, and worked partnership with the Treasury, the Department of Communities and Local Government and the Home Office (now relocated to the Cabinet Office). The Commission addressed three main issues: reuniting customers with their money and consumer protection; the transfer of unclaimed assets to a new entity; and the best use of unclaimed assets, which was the major focus of their work. The Commission was a vital part in the strategic thinking and eventual launch of Big Society Capital, the world’s first social investment bank.


» Social Investment Task Force


Sir Ronald Cohen chaired the UK’s Social Investment Task Force from 2000-2010.

The Social Investment Task Force was established at the request of HM Treasury in April 2000 to carry out an urgent but considered assessment of the ways in which the UK could achieve a radical improvement in its capacity to create wealth, economic growth, employment and an improved social fabric in its poorest communities. The reports can be read by clicking on the the PDFs below.

» Enterprising Communities: Wealth Beyond Welfare 2000

» Enterprising Communities: Wealth Beyond Welfare 2003

» Enterprising Communities: Wealth Beyond Welfare 2005

»Social Investment 10 Years on 2010



» G8 Taskforce on Impact Investment


Sir Ronald chaired the G8 Taskforce on Impact Investment from its inception in 2013.

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment is successor to the G8’s Task Force on Social Impact Investment established by the G8, which was announced by the British Prime Minister on 6 June 2013 at the G8 Social Impact Investment Forum in London. The GSG is continuing the work of the Taskforce in catalysing a global impact investment market, across a wider membership. Its members include 19 countries plus the EU, as well as active observers from government and from leading network organisations supportive of impact investment.