Lafayette Square, an impact investment platform, and the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization founded in 1949, announced a collaborative relationship focused on building financial security for the American worker and equitable access to workplace benefits.
In connection with the collaboration Lafayette Square will support the Aspen Institute's Benefits21 initiative, focused specifically on creating a modernized system of public and private benefits that ensures financial security for all workers.
Lafayette Square will actively leverage Aspen Institute's evidence-based research to support the development of innovative workplace benefits and identify what benefits and services companies should be offering to improve the lives of their workers.
This announcement comes shortly after Lafayette Square announced their participation in the Good Jobs Champions group, a diverse group of leaders convened by The Families Workers Fund and supported by Lafayette Square, The Aspen Institute, Bloomberg Beta, and others with the goal to spur the growth of jobs that provide both economic security and upward mobility for all.
"We are proud to collaborate with the Aspen Institute to champion the Benefits21 initiative, with a joint vision of providing equitable access to workplace benefits for employees across the country, We believe strongly in our model of combining capital and a comprehensive set of services such as workplace benefits to help entrepreneurs build financially secure workforces and, as a result, stronger and more successful companies."
- Antony Bugg-Levine, Managing Director and Co-Head of Community Impact at Lafayette Square.
"The Aspen Institute understands that workplace benefits should meet the needs of their employee base, which can vary depending on community and place, With our combined data and resources, we can determine which solutions will generate impact that improves the financial stability of workers, particularly in low-to-moderate income communities."
- Don Baylor Jr., Managing Director of Services and Co-Head of Community Impact at Lafayette Square.
Baylor Jr., has joined the Benefits21 Leadership Advisory Group at the Aspen Institute. As a member, Baylor Jr. will contribute his unique perspective on building an innovative, private sector human services platform that is integral to Lafayette Square's impact investment model.
The Benefits21 initiative aims to transform public and private benefits along four key principles:
People-centric: making workers and their voice, life, and experience central to system design and delivery.
Interoperable: using technology to integrate benefit systems and platforms to ensure seamless and responsive access.
Portable: to ensure continuity of access and funding as workers transition to new jobs, enter new work arrangements and piece together different types of work.
Inclusive: to protect all workers regardless of the work arrangement and employment status.
Benefits21 convenes leaders across business, policy, nonprofit and research organizations who have the common goal of developing a more modern, inclusive, and equitable system of benefits. The initiative will engage with employers, benefit advisors, benefit providers and administrators, policymakers, and legislators to spark innovation and accelerate the paradigm shift to modernize benefits for the 21st century workforce.
About Lafayette Square
Lafayette Square is an impact investment platform working locally to create an inclusive American economy. Our mission is to be the leading provider of impact-driven capital. We believe deploying capital and curating services will create economic opportunity for all. As we make investments, we work with a mission-aligned network to provide impactful services that improve the wellbeing of underserved people and communities. For more information about Lafayette Square, please visit www.lafayettesquare.com.
About Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.