The Shared Value Initiative is a global platform for leaders seeking to solve societal challenges through business solutions and to fulfill a purpose beyond profits alone and create a more equitable and sustainable world.  The SVI was established in 2012 in response to the 2011 seminal Harvard Business Review article, Creating Shared Value by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, which created demand for a community of practice for the concept. We seek to support the shared value community by offering opportunities for corporate leaders to network, enabling them through research, knowledge sharing and tools, and amplifying ideas, best practices and stories of exemplars by sharing them through our various channels.  Since the launch of the Shared Value Initiative, society and the challenges it faces have evolved, and we are evolving with it. In 2020, we explicitly linked shared value to corporate purpose and launched the Purpose Playbook to help companies put purpose into practice with shared value. As our society continues to grapple with increasing inequities, we have sought to examine and articulate how corporate purpose and shared value can deliver more equitable outcomes, and provide corporate practitioners with guidance. This is an ongoing body of work which will evolve as we continue to engage, listen, and learn  to better serve the needs of our partners and society. 


We seek to help unlock the potential of the private sector to positively impact society by enabling corporate practitioners to deliver more equitable and sustainable outcomes.

Bobbi Silten

Managing Director, Shared Value Initiative

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Recognizing it will take alignment of all our organizations to scale impact globally, we invite you to join the movement as a Steward of Inclusive Capitalism. Together, the collective action of Council members will contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for all people and our planet.