Introducing the Social Value Initiative

The Social Value Initiative is an industry led initiative to develop consensus on the way we can all understand, measure and manage social impacts.

Our journey started in 2013, when a group of proactive companies started to collaborate on the development of a credible, yet pragmatic Handbook on Product Social Impact Assessment. Since then the Handbook has been tested and improved 5 times. The methodology and Handbook are published under a Creative Commons licence for anyone to use. 

Our Mission is:

Be the leading, cross-sector initiative to give guidance on how to measure social impacts of products and services, in a way that is recognised for its high quality, credibility and business viability. The purpose is to improve the lives of workers, users and local communities by better insights that enables more balanced decision making.

All results and deliverables are non proprietary and available under a Creative Commons licence (BY|ND). We do this as we believe methods like these will only be recognised and accepted on a wide scale if it is non-proprietary and transparent in all its aspects.

Who we are:

Since 2013 the Initiative has been guided and funded by  proactive companies and facilitated by PRé Sustainability. See for more information on the project and its partners.

Currently the following partners form the core group:

In previous years the following companies also contributed to this development: Solvay, BMW Group, l'Oréal, Goodyear, Steelcase, AkzoNobel, Philips Lighting, Vattenfal, Mahindra- Sanyo, Covestro, Reckitt, Ahold, Marks and Spencer.



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