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

You’ve probably never heard of Cashco Financial.

By: Rob Shields | Marketing at Cashco Financial | February 27th, 2018

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta and serving about 50,000 clients across one of the biggest countries in the world, that’s not surprising.

However, you may be surprised by our purpose, our story, and our big idea.

Financial Inclusion

Enel in Italy: Geothermal Business that Fosters Local Socio-economic Development

By: Anna ILLARIONOVA | Sustainability Projects & Practice Sharing at Enel | December 22nd, 2017

Enel through its Global Renewable Energies division is the world leading integrated geothermal operator. In Italy Enel operates 34 geothermal plants in Tuscany with a net installed capacity of 761 MW, providing emission-free electricity to about 2.5 million households.

Climate Change and Environment Global Development

Enel Romania: The First App in Europe to Protect White Storks and Electric Grids

By: Anna ILLARIONOVA | Sustainability Projects & Practice Sharing at Enel | November 9th, 2017

Enel Romania provides services to 2.8 million customers in three key areas of the country: Muntenia Sud (including Bucharest), Banat and Dobrogea, accounting for one third of Romania’s electricity distribution market. A common problem that Energy Distributors face is that white storks use low-voltage pillars as a nest support, causing electrocution for birds, damages for the network, and electricity cuts.

Climate Change and Environment Education, including workforce development

Shared Value 101 Webinar: Starting Your Journey

The last socially acceptable form of discrimination: Shifting harmful social norms in obesity

By: Marni Lun | Director of Professional Association Relations at Novo Nordisk | October 23rd, 2017

If someone told you they had been discriminated against because of their gender, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, or country of birth, you would say that was unacceptable. Agree? Yet for four out of ten adults in America today, discrimination is commonplace. These individuals live with obesity, and in their daily lives, they may face bias, depression, disparities in the workplace, low self-esteem, and poor body image.

Health and Nutrition

New Research: The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity

By: Alicia Dunn | Communications Manager at Shared Value Initiative | October 10th, 2017

Corporate America is missing out on one of the biggest opportunities of our time for driving innovation and growth: creating business value by advancing racial equity. Developed in partnership with PolicyLink and funded by the Ford and W.K. Kellogg foundations, The Competitive Advantage of Racial Equity explores the business case for racial equity.

Financial Inclusion

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

Insuring Shared Value: How Insurers Gain Competitive Advantage by Better Addressing Society’s Needs