Building Shared Value

A 3p Series in partnership with the Shared Value Initiative

Shared value is a management strategy focused on companies creating measurable business value by identifying and addressing social problems that intersect with their business. The shared value framework creates new opportunities for companies, civil society organizations, and governments to leverage the power of market-based competition in addressing social problems. The concept was defined in the Harvard Business Review article “Creating Shared Value” by Professor Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, co-founders of FSG.

The articles in this series have been underwritten with the support of the Shared Value Initiative to provide a deep dive into the topic of shared value.

The Shared Value Initiative is a global community of practice to drive adoption and implementation of shared value strategies among leading companies, civil society, and government organizations. Operated by FSG, the Shared Value Initiative works with these partners to curate, develops tools to guide shared value implementation, convenes practitioners to promote best practices, and expands the network of Affiliated Professional Services firms that aim to provide customized shared value strategy and support. Join the community at
Michael E. Porter speaks with Jin-Yong Cai of International Finance Corporation; Tony O. Elumelu of Heirs Holdings; and Arif Naqvi, of The Abraaj Group

What’s the State of Shared Value?

If I were to sum up this year’s Shared Value Leadership Summit in one word, that word would take the form of a…
Harvard Business School's Michael E. Porter delivers the keynote at the 2014 Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Can Shared Value Successfully Connect ‘Davos Men’ with the ‘Square People’?

Earlier this month Thomas Friedman wrote on the New York Times about two very different groups trying to shape the economic environment worldwide.…

Investing in Africa’s Promising Future

In Africa, economic prosperity and social wealth must go hand in hand.

Video Interview: Justin Bakule; Exec. Director, Shared Value Initiative

Join Nick Aster for a live chat with Justin Bakule, Executive Director of the Shared Value Initiative, on Wednesday, April 16th.

How Walmart Is Empowering Women in Business

The retail giant is creating shared value by achieving business goals that help empower women.

Interview: CEO of Japan’s Kirin Brewery on Creating Shared Value

From using Fukushima pears to developing a completely alcohol-free beer, here's how Japan's Kirin Co. is living shared value.
In the town of Davos, shared value was key part of the inequality debate that dominated the World Economic Forum.

Everything You Need to Know About Shared Value at Davos

A required reading list of shared value discussions from last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Fixing Capitalism by Fixing Capital

Imagine what impact we might see if capital currently being swallowed up by sponsorships for short-term PR was redeployed to solving challenges in…
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Intel and Cisco: Blazing New Ground in Shared Value

Intel and Cisco, long-time leaders in the corporate philanthropy/CSR space, are blazing new ground in shared value. In the past year, both have…

How to Scale Corporate Social Innovation

We know that large corporations are really good at innovation. Unfortunately, they’re even better at killing innovation, especially social innovation. But they don't…
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Why Your Company Should Get Involved with the Shared Value Initiative

The Shared Value Initiative was launched in 2012 by FSG, a non-profit strategy and research consulting firm (and the brain child of Michael…