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Ten questions from the Shared Value Leadership Summit


It’s a wrap for Day 1 of the Shared Value Leadership Summit and, looking over my notes in my AirBnb apartment, I thought the best way to summarise the day was to put out ten questions or issues that arose:



  1. Is it okay for companies to profit from social initiatives (and is it okay for governments and NGOs to let them)?
  2. How could or should a business prioritise the social issues it attempts to tackle?
  3. Which companies are transforming their shared value activities from projects or initiatives to implementing enterprise-wide programs?
  4. How have some companies been re-purposing and reflecting it in their mission statements?
  5. What is the last big frontier for the shared value community?
  6. How has Coca-cola created superior “value” from its Colletivo programs in Brazil?
  7. Should shared value initiatives be structurally protected within an enterprise and why?
  8. What is the nature of the hard-core “efficacy” adopted by Pearson?
  9. Why has Unilever taken an interest in Upworthy?
  10. How did Veolia disrupt the business model for water utilities?

There’s a mouth-watering set of questions … in my view anyway!


Posting by Phil Preston who transforms the way we connect with communities. He can be contacted on

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