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Social Impact

We are an aspirational organization, never satisfied with the status quo. We want to change the world for both our social sector and our commercial clients. This is part of who we are as a firm.

Rich  Lesser
President & Chief Executive Officer

There are many ways to make a living; working at BCG gives you the opportunity to make a difference.

More than fifty years ago, our founder, Bruce Henderson, inspired us to put forth ideas that will change the world. Today, we remain deeply committed to using our talents and resources to address global challenges and focus on topics that impact some of the most underprivileged in society.

To maximize such efforts, we work with social sector clients across topics such as development, health, education, employment, and the environment. We collaborate with leading local, regional, and international organizations to increase their efficiency and effectiveness—and ultimately their impact. We also foster long-term relationships with our global social impact partners, the World Food Programme, Save the Children, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Yunus Social Business, WWF, and Teach For All.

In Australia and New Zealand, our core social impact partners are Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships and Teach for Australia. We also have long term relationships with Oaktree, RedKite, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, LADDER, the Australian Football League and Volunteering Australia.

From reversing child mortality rates in Africa to empowering Indigenous communities and advancing education, our social impact projects enable us to give back while also gaining valuable perspective on prominent issues, such as water stewardship, the global burden of disease and improving the outcomes for Indigenous Australians, that will affect both our clients, our community and the world for years to come.

We consider social impact to be an integral part of our firm, therefore we pride ourselves on making opportunities available to all consultants. About 900 employees, or about 10 percent of our worldwide staff, participate in approximately 300 social impact projects per year. Consultants and Business Services Team members can also apply to participate in our social impact immersion and secondment programs or take leaves of absence to work at social sector organizations of their choice.

  • Social Impact Immersion Program. Each year, a small group of high-performing employees spends 9 to 12 months working on important local and global social impact projects, developing expertise in this sector.
  • Social Impact Secondments. Select employees may work for up to a year for one of our global partners or social impact clients, gaining valuable experience outside BCG.
  • Social Impact Leave of Absence. Employees may opt to take a leave of absence to work at a social sector organization of their choice for up to 12 months.

Just as we challenge established thinking and drive transformation in the private and social sectors, that same skill set and thought leadership allow us to make a positive impact within the public sector. In June 2015, BCG launched the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to improving the positive impact of governments around the world. It brings together world leaders to learn, exchange ideas, and inspire each other to strengthen the public impact of their organizations.

Serving the communities in which we live and work is a core BCG value. In addition to working with organizations in the public and social sectors, we foster an atmosphere across the firm that values social impact both during and outside of the work day. Many local offices organize community service days and volunteer activities open to all BCG staff, participating in mentoring and tutoring, clothing and food drives, awareness campaigns, and much more. We also encourage employees to leverage the skills honed at BCG by serving as board members for the nonprofit organizations about which they're personally passionate.

When you work at BCG, you are a part of a shared mission. Dedication to social impact is a foundational element of who we are as a firm.

Learn more about BCG's work in the social sector and BCG's own not-for-profit foundation, the Centre for Public Impact.

I have been heavily involved with a number of BCG’s social impact partners including Ladder, The Oaktree Foundation, and Teach for Australia. Social Impact sits at the core of our business and is enshrined as one of our nine core values. Through the work I’ve been involved in and the opportunities I’ve been provided, I can genuinely say that at BCG we live our values, and they are more than just words on an “about us” webpage.


Through BCG I was able to truly contribute to changing the world, having the opportunity to working closely with world leaders of social impact.

Project Leader

I've had the pleasure of working on a multitude of social impact projects. Not only do you get to solve problems you thought you'd never come across, but it is also for the good of nature or humanity. That is when you wake up in the morning with a smile and desire to do more, do better, to create more impact for us all.

Project Leader

I have been able to participate and lead teams for social impact projects, which have been highly inspirational in my professional life. BCG's support of global conservation of the environment gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment. BCG helps me rally and motivate our office community to create a greater impact on the world.

Human Resources Associate

The opportunity to work on secondment with an international NGO has been the single most valuable offering of my BCG career. This experience has not only furthered my career, but has left me with a feeling of unspeakable personal gain. BCG's investment to support this work has affirmed its commitment in me and my ambitions.


In the fall of 2014, I was privileged to have the opportunity to support Save the Children’s Ebola response. The rapid response tested the limits of the project management tools available to coordinate such a large effort, which spanned the three affected countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea) and hundreds of individuals deployed. Being able to contribute by customizing for-profit tools to meet the needs of the dynamic nature of the response was very rewarding, and I learned so much.

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World Humanitarian Day 2016

In honor of World Humanitarian Day, BCGers from a wide range of backgrounds and interests blog about their personal take on the meaning and potential influence of social impact work.

Alan Iny: "New Boxes for our Planet, on World Humanitarian Day"

Jamie Ko: "My World Humanitarian Day reflections after working with social sector organizations"

Douglas Sloan: "Taking shared responsibility: My experience of launching a pro bono consulting initiative"

Simon Beck: "Is it okay to make money off a disaster? Reflections for impact investors on World Humanitarian Day 2016"

Sarah Burns: "Five Imperatives to Shape a Better Future on World Humanitarian Day"

Douglas Beal: "The Private Sector Opportunity to Improve Wellbeing"

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