• Transforming Business (Cambridge University, U.K.) is a research-and-development project with a focus on enterprise solutions to poverty. The project analyzes and catalyzes the contribution of Christianity and entrepreneurship to human and environmental well-being.
  • MIT Poverty Action Lab is a network of affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of randomized evaluations to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation.


  • Jed Emerson, “The Blended Value Proposition: Integrating Social and Financial Returns. California Management Review. 45, no 4, 2003.
  • Marjorie Kelly, “Not Just for Profit.” Strategy + Business, Feb. 26, 2009.
  • Joshua D. Margolis and James P. Walsh. "Misery Loves Companies: Rethinking Social Initiatives by Business." Administrative Science Quarterly 48 (June 2003): 268-305.
  • Michael Porter and Mark R. Kramer, “Strategy & Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility.” Harvard Business Review, December, 2006.
  • Michael Porter and Mark R. Kramer, “Creating Shared Value: How to Reinvent Capitalism and Unleash a Wave of Innovation and Growth.” Harvard Business Review. Jan-Feb, 2011.
  • CK Prahalad & Stuart Hart, “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.” Strategy + Business, 26, 2002.
  • Judith Samuelson, “Why Big Business Matters.” Stanford Social Innovation Review. Fall, 2010.
  • Remi Trudel and June Cotte, “Does It Pay to Be Good?  Sloan Management Review, Winter, 2009.


Guiding Standards, Codes of Conduct, Reporting

  • UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
  • ISO 26000 is a voluntary international standard of guidance for social responsibility.
  • Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) assesses the social and environmental impact of companies and funds by using a ratings approach analogous to Morningstar investment rankings or S&P credit risk ratings.
  • IMO Fair for Life is a brand-neutral, third-party certification program for social accountability and fair trade in agricultural, manufacturing, and trading operations.

New Ownership Structures

  • B-Corporation is a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
  • L3C, also known as a low-profit limited liability company, is a legal form of business entity created to bridge the gap between nonprofit and for-profit investing.

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