February 2021
Shared Value Project
The Year of Deliberate Action?

So, we made it - and now we're in the full throes of 2021; a year I'd like to optimistically call the Year of Deliberate Action.

In 2020, we had little choice but to confront society's immediate crises. With our backs against the wall, companies had to change with their customers. And many businesses went beyond an operational response, to actually create new value for people – turning our challenges into incubators for market-led innovation and differentiation.

But we needn’t – and shouldn’t – wait for our next crisis to seize this shared value approach. And at SVP, we’re encouraged by the groundswell of companies realising this, and looking to be more proactive and intentional in how they use business to address ‘slower’ societal problems, like climate change. There’s now less debate around why we should do this, and more of a focus on how to get going.

This understanding is informing our strategy for 2021 from the ground up, and we’re excited to launch two new training programs – aimed at catering to the varied priorities and levels of shared value knowledge within the community. Today, we introduce our new Shared Value Masterclasses; a practical workshop series covering shared value theory, innovation, partnerships and measurement, and the Purpose Playbook Learning Cohorts (more below).

But whilst new learnings are important, we also recognise that it’s helpful to look back when looking ahead. And so we’ve collated the insights of shared value leaders (with huge thanks) as they reflect on the great reminders of 2020. Meanwhile, I tackle the task of predicting what’s to come in 2021; through a lens of hope and enthusiasm around our quickening purpose momentum.

Finally, as I mark three months as SVP CEO, I again invite you to reach out to introduce yourself and/or share any ideas/feedback at sdownie@sharedvalue.org.au. Collaboration is critical to this mission. And it’s going to take a collective effort to cement this foothold for shared value in corporate strategy.

Now is our moment. Let’s push on this open door together - at full force.

Sarah Downie 

CEO, Shared Value Project 

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In this issue
New Masterclass Series | Kicking-off 10 Mar

Responding to an increased need and appetite for practical shared value solutions, SVP has reimagined its workshops program to include a suite of targeted sessions focussed around key implementation principles:

  • Shared value: Delivering on Purpose, Profitably (Introduction) |10 March 

         Facilitated by SVP

  • From What to How: Sparking Shared Value Innovation | 30 March

         Facilitated by SVP and global strategic advisory firm Dalberg Advisors​

  • Partnering for Collective Impact | 4 May

         Facilitated by SVP and for-purpose strategy organisation TDi

  • Measuring Shared Value | 13 July

​         Facilitated by SVP and shared value expert Hugh Foley 

Register and find out more

What 2020 Reminded Us - Impact Leaders

2020 was just as much a year of important reminders as it was new insight. We asked seven shared value leaders what 2020 reminded them, as we poise for a(nother) big year.

Read here

Purpose Playbook Learning Cohorts

Starting in April, these workshops will bring the Purpose Playbook to life in a tangible and customised way - helping select companies to move from shared value idea to strategy. Harnessing peer learning, the series will culminate in 1-1 expert-led mentorship sessions.

Members and non-members are welcome to apply for selection. Connect with Poppy to find out more at pcluett@sharedvalue.org.au. The Playbook can be downloaded here.

Meeting the Moment - SVP CEO

Sarah Downie shares her hopeful predictions for 2021 in this article; originally published by Probono Australia: "My overarching optimism is that the events of 2020 won’t be in vain."

Read here

Webinar | Rebuilding With Shared Value

Join SVP Hong Kong and GlobeScan on Wed, 17 Feb (1pm AEDT) to explore the issues, trends and expectations shaping business in 2021, and how the business community is responding.

Register here

BlackRock Expediates Net Zero Economy

In his highly-antcipated annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock's Larry Fink challenges companies to disclose plans for achieving net zero global emissions by 2050 - recognising the "historic investment opportunity" presented by a growing climate transition. 

Read here

Shared value in the media

Catch up on relevant global news stories and reports here

Denmark is building an artificial island to house the world’s first clean energy hub, Fast Company, 8 February

This is what white privilege looks like at your workplace, Fast Company, 8 February 

No more business as usual: In ‘The Great Reset’ business schools must lead the way, The Conversation, 4 February 

Al Gore backs B-Corps for purpose-led capitalism, Pioneers Post, 3 Feburary 

The essentials of Andy Jassy’s 100-Day action plan as the new CEO of Amazon, Forbes, 3 February 

Australia’s first social impact bond launches in SA after interstate success, Probono Australia, 1 February 

Predictions for 2021: Charities, Probono Australia, 14 January 

Upcoming Events

16-18 Feb

17 Feb

18 Feb

26 Feb - 15 Mar

1-12 Mar

10 Mar

Third Sector's NFP Leaders Virtual Summit

Webinar | Rebuilding with Shared Value in the Great Reset

Webinar | Mindfulness for Resilience in Uncertainty & Complexity

Transition Film Festival

Pause Fest 

Workshop | Shared Value: Delivering on Purpose, Profitably

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As a member of the Shared Value Project, organisations have the opportunity to be part of the community shaping the future of shared value in Australia & New Zealand.

For information about becoming a member, please contact info@sharedvalue.org.au

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