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Posted by: FSG on 2/10/2015

By Christina Hooson, Sonja Patscheke, and Kate Tallant

As we approach September 2015 when world leaders will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide the post-2015 Development Agenda, questions of how and who will implement them are increasingly dominating discussions. It is clear that achieving the SDGs will require assets and action from a variety of actors across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The development of the SDGs is a step in the right direction: the process has been inclusive, consulting all stakeholders including business. In this sense, the SDGs represent a new social compact in which private sector, civil society, and governments each have a role to play.

Posted by: Arani Kajenthira Grindle on 9/9/2014

The conclusion of World Water Week, which wrapped up on September 5 in Stockholm, seems an appropriate time to reflect on the ways in which this seemingly ubiquitous substance has been permeating our lives and our work lately.  Given the 2014 theme of ‘energy and water’, it is unsurprising that many of our references to water are linked to energy – from the hydraulic fracturing phenomenon that has impacted groundwater in much of the eastern U.S., to the oil sands in Alberta, to the need for desalination plants to counter increasing water shortages in urban environments. 

Posted by: Marina Pol Longo on 8/4/2014

Linking private sector investment to social prosperity is not a new idea. Business leaders and politicians alike have touted the benefits of private investment in job creation and GDP growth. The impact of these investments on social prosperity, while undeniable, also has limits. As Harvard Professor Michael E. Porter states, “We’ve long understood that while economic development is beneficial for social progress, generally, it's not sufficient.” Shared value can play a unique role in driving the national dialogue about increasing competitiveness while fostering social prosperity. Placing social value creation at the core of business strategy rather than as a byproduct has the potential to uncover big opportunities for individual companies and create greater prosperity at the national level.

Posted by: Neeraja Bhavaraju on 6/10/2014

Planet Money, a show dedicated to economics on National Public Radio (in the U.S.) is often informative and entertaining – but rarely is it shocking. 

Posted by: Michael Murray on 5/12/2014

For the first time, the Shared Value Leadership Summit will broadcast live online. Drop in to hear Michael Porter and three leading public and private investors discuss their approaches to shared value in front of an audience of 300 shared value leaders from around the world. The broadcast is tomorrow, May 13 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am EST / 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm GMT.  Visit for the stream link and additional details.

Please share this link with colleagues, friends, and skeptics, and join the conversation on Twitter by following #SVInvest and @SVInitiative. See the 2014 Summit social media guide for the complete listing of speakers' handles and social media activity at the Summit.

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