What is this course about?

It’s no secret that companies have started to understand the role they must play in our wider society. The current pandemic has further accelerated this awareness leading to increasing the number of companies to revisit their corporate social investment strategy and define their business purpose. Corporate social investors (e.g. corporate foundations, impact funds, impact accelerators, social businesses) support social organisations (NGOs / enterprises) deploying patient capital through long-term and high engagement investments, both financially (grants, equity or debt) and equally important non-financially. Their primary objective is to create societal impact and they play an increasingly role in making their company business more sustainable and inclusive. In that crash course, we will help you understand What is corporate social investing? How can corporate resources be mobilised for societal impact? What are the latest trends and best practices? What type of strategic alignment of Corporate foundation is willing to adopt with its company’s core values and business? Their positioning and complementarities? How they contribute to the common impact vision and purpose of their company? During this crash course, we will dive into
  • The unique characteristics of corporate social investing compared to traditional corporate philanthropy as well as corporate social responsibility/sustainability teams.
  • The key success factors of an efficient Corporate Social Investment strategy discussing questions like Which type of strategic alignment for a Corporate Foundation with its related company to enhance their social impact? In the case of multiple Corporate Social Investors, how they complement each other? How they contribute to the common impact vision of the company and their purpose?
  • Real-life cases will illustrate different Corporate Social Investment strategies identified by EVPA Corporate Initiative. Two seasoned speakers will explain the reasoning behind their strategic and how it could apply to your context.
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