The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value

The concept of shared value—which focuses on the connections between societal and economic progress—has the power to unleash the next wave of global growth.

An increasing number of companies known for their hard-nosed approach to business—such as Google, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Unilever, and Wal-Mart—have begun to embark on important shared value initiatives. But our understanding of the potential of shared value is just a beginning.

There are three key ways that companies can create shared value opportunities:

  • By re-conceiving products and markets
  • By redefining productivity in the value chain
  • By enabling local cluster developmentEvery firm should look at decisions and opportunities through the lens of shared value. This will lead to new approaches that generate greater innovation and growth for companies—and also greater benefits for society.





Harvard Business Review


M. E. Porter, M. R. Kramer


January 30, 2011

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Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation