Saving Business from Itself

By: Justin Bakule | Executive Director at Shared Value Initiative | August 21st, 2016

With more companies finding business value in addressing social issues, the doctrine of short-termism may be coming to an end. (Photo: Anthony Delanoix / Unsplash)

Greedy. Dishonest. Destructive. Exploitive.

A Partnership that Pays: ESL Credit Union's Innovative Approach to Pipeline Development

By: Tiffany Chang | at FSG | March 21st, 2018

The Challenge: ESL Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Rochester, New York, recognizes that its employee base must reflect the demographics of the surrounding community to better serve its customers. However, like many companies, ESL faces challenges hiring and retaining employees from diverse backgrounds at all levels of the organization.  

Education, including workforce development

Thirsty for More: Coca-Cola’s Shared Value Approach with Communities Across Brazil

The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, with a portfolio of more than 500 sparkling and non-carbonated brands and an average of 1.9 billion servings a day. Sales of Coca-Cola products in Brazil currently represent seven percent of global volume, making Brazil the company’s fourth-largest market behind the U.S., Mexico, and China. Today, Coca-Cola Brazil has a leading presence in the Brazilian market. The company’s approach to engaging low-income markets contributes to its market position.

A New Dawn for Corporate Leadership

By: Justin Bakule | Executive Director at Shared Value Initiative | September 7th, 2017

Editorial by Mark R. Kramer, Founder and Managing Director FSG and co-author of Creating Shared Value, and Justin J. Bakule, Executive Director, Shared Value Initiative

This originally appeared on under the title, Why More CEOs Want to Make a Social Impact

What does "good" look like for companies trying to address modern slavery?

By: Quintin Lake | Director at Fifty Eight | February 24th, 2017

Addressing modern slavery is becoming a business-critical for companies – for credibility with customers, investors, NGOs and the public – according to new research by Hult International Business School and The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

Introducing the Corporate Racial Equity Advantage

By: Mark Kramer | Founder and Managing Director at FSG | February 10th, 2017

Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Mark Kramer, Founder and Managing Director, FSG

Enel: Redefining the Value Chain

Enel is a global leader in the generation and distribution of energy, and at the vanguard in the development of renewables. The Rome-based electric utility company, founded in 1962 by the Italian government which currently owns only 24% of capital, employs 68,000 people, services more than 61 million customers in more than 30 countries, and brought in $82.7 billion (€75.7 billion) in revenue in 20151.

Different Perspectives, Shared Vision: Two Abbott Leaders Discuss How Sustainable Business Can Improve Lives

By: Alicia Dunn | Communications Manager at Shared Value Initiative | December 7th, 2016

As part of our ongoing Shared Value Thought Leaders portfolio of profiles we sat down with Katherine PickusDivisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott and John GinascolVice President, Nutrition Supply Chain, Abbo

Health and Nutrition

21 Partners - The Investment Case Study: Farnese Vini

Founded in 1992 by Alessandro Benetton, 21 Partners is a European investment firm with a local presence in Italy, France, Switzerland and Poland. Through country-focused funds invested in by international investors, 21 Partners invests in mid-market companies and makes them grow.


By: Maria Gotti | Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing Analyst at Enel | November 28th, 2016

Preserving biodiversity is one of the strategic objectives of Enel’s environmental policy. The Group in fact promotes projects that aim at protecting local species, their natural habitats, and the local ecosystems in general. In 2015, a Group biodiversity policy was adopted defining a number of principles that need to be followed during the selection and execution of projects throughout the value chain. In particular Enel undertakes:

Climate Change and Environment Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Relief Education, including workforce development Water