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Shared Value: from sharing created value to creating shared value 

Societal needs might be an opportunity for innovative business solutions. We help to identify these intersections.

In the past two decades, the notion of corporate social responsibility – or CSR – has become widely known in our society. Lots of definitions, approaches and expectations are connected to it. CSR tends to be widely defined by a common denominator –  by distribution of already created values. In other words, by sharing values that the businesses evaluated as “additional” and available for contributing to “public good”. 

Links of such approaches to company business interests tend to be weak and to change often. This results in an unstable environment as to the scope and time frame of availability of “CSR related” resources. This in turn often leads to uncertainty, especially for potential beneficiaries of such assistance, but it also concerns corporate strategy. 

Responsible business does not have to mean just traditional CSR. It can consist of “creating shared value”.
This concept has been articulated by professors M. Porter and M. Kramer in their famous article “Creating Shared Value” (CSV) in the Harvard Business Review. Their approach fundamentally influenced the view on the role of businesses in society.

What is Shared Value? 

Shared value emerges when companies admit that huge opportunities for innovative solutions of social problems can coincide with their business goals. Companies actively seek opportunities to react – within their business strategies – to unmet societal needs in a way that can benefit both the society and the long term competitiveness of a company.

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What characterizes traditional CSR?

Motivation: company reputation 


Focus: corporate citizenship, philanthropy, sustainability


CSR stems from internal decisions about what to support, or reacts to external pressure 


It is separated from maximizing profit


Agenda is set by external stakeholders, eventually also by personal preferences


Results are limited by CSR projects budget  


Benefits for the company: reputation, risk reduction


Social benefit: a useful project


What characterizes Shared Value?

Motivation: competitive advantage 


Focus: joint creation of values for both the company and the society


Shared Value is integrated into the overall company competitiveness 


                                                            It is integrated into maximizing profit 


Agenda is connected to the company and is based on internal needs and company strategies 


Results can rely on business operational resources 


Benefits for the company: new business opportunities 


Social benefit: large scale sustainable changes

When a prosperous company uses its resources, knowledge and management skills to solve problems that it understands and that affect it, it will have much greater influence on the prosperity of society than any other institution.
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Questions we should be asking ourselves: 

Which social issues are relevant for the business our company is engaged in ?

Will influencing these issues bring tangible impact on the society and on our company business ? 

Does our company understand the causes of specific social issues ? Can we offer a relevant solution ?

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