August 2018
Shared Value Project
Stakeholders demand more accountability

The appetite for creating positive social and environmental change is bigger than ever as key stakeholders – consumers, boards, and investors - demand more accountability from business. The role of shared value as an effective and necessary business strategy is becoming more obvious to leaders across all sectors. As reinforced by this month’s Shared Value Champion, IAG’s David Harrington, competitiveness and positive social impact are mutually dependent.

Also, the recently released Responsible Investment Benchmark Report 2018 from the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) reinforces SVP’s experience that interest in investments that deliver positive social and environmental impact alongside financial return are clearly on the rise.

As the global movement grows, we extend a warm welcome to Bobbi Silten, new Managing Director of Shared Value Initiative in the US, and look forward to working with her to increase uptake of shared value worldwide.

And at home we are delighted to welcome Anna Ritman, Communications Manager to the growing SVP team.  Anna’s wealth of experience will contribute to the organisation's expanding communications needs and I encourage you to reach out to her at

Helen Steel
Chief Executive Officer​

In this issue
Podcast 4: Insights from shared value leaders in Africa, India, and Japan

Hear from the world's leading shared value thinkers in our new Podcast series recorded at the 2018 Shared Value Leadership Summit.

Helen Steel had the opportunity to chat with shared value global leaders Tiekie Barnard and Dr Amit Kapoor whilst recently in New York, and SVP's Chair, Peter Yates AM, with shared value advocate Hiro Motoki.

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Australian impact investments quadruple – new report

Investments that deliver positive social and environmental impact alongside a financial return are on the rise, with the market for impact investing quadrupling between 2015 and 2017 to $5.8 billion, shows recently released report from RIAA: Benchmarking Impact Invesgtment Activity and Performance 2018 

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Shared Value Champion: David Harrington, IAG

This month's Shared Value Champion David Harrington, Group Executive Strategy and Corporate Development, IAG, and Board Director of SVP, reflects on shared value as an opportunity for innovation and growth.

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New member: Swinburne Engineering Practice Academy
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We are delighted to welcome SVP's first academic member, Swinburne Engineering Practice Academy.

The Swinburne Engineering Practice Academy is a hybrid of consultancy and university. The Engineering Practice Academy prepares Swinburne Engineering Practice (Honours) students for professional success by engaging them in projects alongside industry and community partners.

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Applications for the 2018 Shared Value Awards close this Friday 10 August

Organisations and individuals leading through shared value are invited to apply now for the 2018 Shared Value Awards.

Applications for DFAT's BPP Round 3 close this week

Applications for the third round of DFAT’s Business Partnerships Platform (BPP) close this Friday, 10 August. The BPP enables business to apply for co-funding of initiatives that will create new business opportunities whilst contributing to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction in our region.

Visit the BPP website for further information and to apply.

Positions vacant: #sharedvalue jobs

Executive Support Officer, Shared Value Project (SVP)

Join our dynamic and agile team as SVP enters an exciting period of growth. Proactively support the CEO and team whilst contributing to the uptake of shared value in Australasia and beyond. For expressions of interest and PD, email 

In the media

The business of collaboration: Redefining value in a sharing economy, Financial Mail, 7 August 2018

A New Framework for Sustainability, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 7 August 2018

Enel Green Power Signs Financing For 5 South African Wind Farms Worth 700 Megawatts, Clean Technica, 7 August 2018

The Right Way to Spend Your Innovation Budget, Havard Business Review, 3 August 2018

Former Gap Inc. Executive Bobbi Silten to Lead Global Initiative That Is Unlocking Business’ Power to Catalyze Social Change at Scale, CSR Wire, 24 July 2018

Old Mutual’s Mutualpark Realises The Shared Value Opportunity Of Recycling Polystyrene, Creamer Merdia's Engineering News, 23 July 2018

When private sector investment creates a social impact, Daily Maverick, 17 July 2018

Upcoming Events

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5-6 September 2018

17 October 2018

7-8 November 2018

Applications close for 2018 Shared Value Awards

Shared Value Insight event hosted by Lion

Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2018

Announcement of the 2018 Shared Value Awards

Impact Investment Summit Asia Pacific

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