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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.

Posted by: Creating Shared Value on 4/7/2014

Roundtable on Shared Value in Education

Earlier this year at the World Economic Forum, 17 corporate and global education leaders gathered in Davos to discuss the role of business in global education. The conversation, led by Mark Kramer and Michael. E Porter with leaders from Pearson, Western Union, Discovery Education and others, is now published in full in Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Posted by: Michelle Morgan-Nelsen on 3/20/2014

Yoshinori Isozaki’s path to shared value was a difficult one. As CEO of Kirin, his goal was to shape the company of the future—one that contributes to society in an impactful way. But among the assets in Kirin’s large food and beverage business are two of Japan’s most popular beers: Kirin Lager and Ichiban Shibori. How does a company that makes alcoholic beverages also address the social needs it might create, like drunk driving accidents? And further up the supply chain, how can the company make sure its beer factories don’t adversely affect the environment?

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