By: Ellen Martin | Associate Director, Partnerships at Shared Value Initiative | May 11th, 2015

UPDATE: Watch this space for the new Global Trends in Shared Value resource, coming in May 2016. Please contact me at if you are interested in contributing.

Something big is happening for shared value. Well a lot of things, actually. If you haven’t been following the approach since its conception in the 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review, we have news for you: It’s accelerated from theory to action. Companies around the world are implementing projects that create both business and social value; and some have forged business models around shared value.

So what’s the global state of shared value, right now, in 2015? We at the Shared Value Initiative are excited to announce Global Trends in Shared Value, an ambitious field-wide exploration of shared value creation and how it’s evolving around the world.

What is the Global Trends project? Global Trends in Shared Value will be a dedicated series—video, interviews, stories, online chats, and blog posts—that we’re crowdsourcing from the shared value community to characterize the current state of shared value. This is the first-ever resource of its kind.

The research will focus broadly on a story arc of where shared value has been and where shared value is going—the successes, the shortcomings, and the path forward. We are broadly focused on answering 3 questions:

  • To what extent and why are companies adopting shared value?
  • How is the practice of shared value evolving?
  • What social and business value is being created by shared value approaches? By which companies and at what scale?

Over the next two days at the Shared Value Leadership Summit, we will be collecting data from attendees and livestream audiences throughout the program. Visit the event livestream page to participate live and watch this space for a post-event survey.

In the following weeks and months you’ll find updates on Global Trends here on and through our media partners, backed by research and data from a wide network of contributors and partners. We are also actively seeking contributions from practitioners and researchers! Watch this space for and please contact me at if you are interested in contributing.

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