Summer 2011

Volume 9, Number 3

A growing number of corporations are embracing a new way of doing business that puts societal issues at the core of the company’s strategy and operations. This approach—Shared Value—differs from traditional corporate social responsibility, which is often built around regulatory compliance, charitable giving, and reputation building. In the summer 2011 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review we explore this issue with ten business leaders in the article, “Roundtable on Shared Value.”

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Roundtable on Shared Value

By John Kania & Mark Kramer 5

Executives from 10 major corporations discuss the innovative ways that they are putting societal issues at the core of their companies’ strategy and operations.

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