The Initiative has met and continues to make progress beyond initial project milestones. Since March 2014, highlights include:
With the sharedvalue.org launch in May 2013, the Initiative documents the collective knowledge of the field via blogs, discussions, case studies, examples, and articles contributed by staff, affiliates, and community members. Senior staff of the Initiative collaborated with Professor Michael Porter and researchers at the Harvard Business School to develop six in-depth teaching case studies on shared value strategy, which will be released and available to the general public in 2015. The School also launched a shared value executive education course in December 2014, and will offer it again in 2015. In 2014, the sharedvalue.org community published 223 blog posts and 56 case examples. The Initiative also deepened its knowledge by hosting 19 leaders at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center to help build the next stage of development for the shared value concept and the SVI's role in advancing the concept globally.
The established communities of practice continued to grow and increased engagement in the last year:
Increasing in 2014 to 35 funding organizations, these leaders of the shared value concept meet quarterly and via peer-to-peer connections with Initiative facilitation and leadership.
Continuing to grow the global network of champions and strategists to implement shared value, the Initiative has trained four cohorts, cumulatively training over 85 individuals from over 60 firms. These individuals are "certified shared value consultants", and they continue to present tremendous promise for global collaboration, co-research, and SV acceleration.
Nearly 5,000 shared value practitioners are actively engaged in online exchange, and members are regularly mobilized to contribute examples and participate in the Initiative's on-going research agenda.
More than 1,000 people participated across a portfolio of online events in 2014, including a livestream of the Shared Value Leadership Summit, webinars, Google Hangouts, and more. The Initiative's annual Shared Value Leadership Summit, which was executed for the fourth time in 2014, continues to be the leading annual event in the field. In 2014, the Summit was expanded to be a two-day event in New York hosting 450 people and featuring more than 10 CEO-level speakers, with an additional 500 people viewing online.
In October 2014, the Initiative launched the INGO working group, whose 12 INGO members met with a focus on improving the process developing shared value partnerships with corporations and expanding those opportunities by collaborating with other INGOs.
Sharedvalue.org includes an SV readiness assessment tool and a specific diagnostic tool for extractives companies considering shared value implementation. The Initiative is in discussions with several large investment firms and data collection experts to develop a shared value index. Through the Shared Value Leadership Summit, the INGO Working Group, and working groups within the Consulting Affiliate Network, additional tools on employee engagement, partnership development, shared value measurement, brand frameworks for shared value corporations, and issue-specific approaches to shared value.
Finally, the Initiative generates thought leadership and promotes shared value through all combined activities.