December 2020
Shared Value Project
2020: Sharpening our Focus

What a time to join the shared value community as SVP's new CEO – when the opportunity (and responsibility) to glue social progress to strategic business is so vivid. It’s a privilege to be here.

The crises of 2020 have demonstrated that clarity can come from some of our greatest challenges. We’ve realised what’s most important, and what people and business can and can’t live without. The key takeaway: we need one another to not only survive long-term, but to thrive to our full potential.

This profound interdependency is now impossible to ignore, providing a hotbed for shared value thinking (I reflect on this here). My hope is that business models will now catch up, to meet this urgency and expectation for a more inclusive kind of capitalism – one which will ultimately pay greater dividends.

Of course, the foundations for this shift have already been laid – by many of you. Along with the support and leadership of SVP co-founder Helen Steel, your inspiration and example remains critical to advancing a shared value future. We’ve collated just a few of the highlights from what this community has achieved over the past 18 months alone. Congratulations to you all.

At SVP, we have commenced our planning for what will be (another) big year in 2021. If 2020 was a year dominated by responding and pivoting; 2021 will be a year for innovation and creativity, partnership and new horizons. It won’t be without its challenges, but when tackled through a shared value lens, we believe it will present some of our most significant opportunities yet.

Finally, I want to thank you for the warm welcome to the SVP network over the past four weeks. I’m enjoying getting to know each of you, and hearing how myself and the team can continue to power your shared value journey. If I haven’t reached you just yet, I encourage you to connect with me at

I wish you all a safe and relaxing break as we take stock of 2020, and re-energise ahead of 2021.

Sarah Downie 
CEO, Shared Value Project 

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In this issue
Harnessing 'Good Business' Momentum

SVP CEO Sarah Downie reflects on how the crises of 2020 have expedited shared value thinking; unlocking an important new chapter for the movement in 2021. 

Read here

Shared Value Community Highlights

By nature, shared value is designed to turn challenges into opportunities. And that’s why this community has built great momentum, despite a difficult year. We mark our key highlights.

Read here

Shared value in the media

Catch up on relevant global news stories and reports here

Why the Myer Foundation Aims to Achieve 100% ESG Investments in Two Years, The Motley Fool, 30 November 

Sustainability Leaders Craft 10-Point Plan to Revamp Corporate Purpose,, 27 November 

Four Steps to Playing the Long Game, Alicia McKay, 25 November 

How Can Governments Retain and Grow Citizen Trust? The Mandarin, 24 November 

SDGs Vital to Australia’s COVID-19 Recover, Probono Australia, 23 November 

The Biggest Problem with Capitalism? Not Enough Capitalists, Fortune, 21 November

Purpose or 'Purpose-Washing'? A Crossroads for Business Leaders, Fortune, 12 November 

Successful Companies Live Up to This Ancient Greek Ideal, Harvard Business Review, 2 November

A Better Economy is Possible. But We Need to Reimagine Capitalism to do it, TIME, 22 October 

Holiday reading/listening

Top reads 







Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism - Michael O’Leary and Warren Valdmanis

Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire - Rebecca Henderson 

Grow the Pie - Alex Edmans

Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos - Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk and Steven Berez

Connecting Profit with Purpose - Phil Preston 

Business for Good Podcast

The EntreLeadership Podcast

Humans of Purpose

How I Built This

Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs

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