The Shared Value Initiative welcomed the opportunity to train the fourth cohort of consulting affiliates at our training in London on November 11-13, 2014. The group of participants traveled from 13 different countries and represented a diverse group of consultants and industry practitioners, ranging from branding specialists and investors, to former leadership from Nestlé. From the first evening, sharing dinner together before the launch of the training, there was a strong sense of connection among the group. They had joined together with a clear sense of purpose. Over the course of three days the group was immersed in shared value content, learning tools, frameworks, and real life examples of shared value to support their work.
A highlight of the training showcased a panel of Intrapreneurs, moderated by Maggie De Pree, Co-Founder of the League of Intrapreneurs. Panelists discussed the role of being shared value changemakers, and how leading change from the inside of an organization can become an intrapreneur’s “night job”. Change is hard, and being an intrapreneur is often a labor of love. Panelists included:
- Sophie Castell, Global Category Director of Water, Coca-Cola
- Ole Kjerkegaard Nielsen, Programme Director, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
- Damian Payiatakis, Director of Strategic Development, Barclays Wealth
Industry leaders also took the stage throughout the training to provide first-hand accounts of shared value in action. Ole Kjerkegaard Nielsen led the case discussion of Novo Nordisk in China and the process of developing tools for measuring shared value. David Laurel, former Corporate Affairs Executive from Nestlé Philippines shared insights on shared value at the enterprise level, noting that for him, shared value comes to life when “beneficiary becomes benefactor”.
Lastly, participants explored a variety of global movements that support the business contexts for shared value. Michael Green, Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative, for example, introduced the group to the Social Progress Index, a measurement tool that evaluates social progress within a country, beyond the metrics of GDP.
Throughout the training participants’ engagement with the content was heightened by thoughtful contributions, questions, and conversation about shared value content and tools, the applicability of the training to their consulting practice, and plans for implementing learnings upon returning home.
As for the Shared Value Initiative, we were delighted to be joined by participants from existing Affiliate firms PYXERA Global, Innate Motion, and Thaipat Institute. We look forward to welcoming many of the participants as members of the Consulting Affiliate Network, further expanding our community of practice. Look for an update on our new Affiliate firms soon.