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Social Impact

Now more than ever, businesses must serve all stakeholders—customers, employees, society, and investors—alike. At BCG, we believe in the power of business and capital to be forces for good. We work with our clients to analyze their core business models, capabilities, and operations to create positive economic, environmental, and societal impact in ways that are profitable for the long term.


We achieve our greatest societal impact in collaboration with our clients. By maximizing the impact of these cooperative efforts, we accomplish far more than we ever could alone. Partnership is at the heart of our social impact approach, and it is key to tackling complex social and environmental challenges. We seek to maximize our own social impact by enriching and expanding our partnerships, fostering system-level coalitions, and establishing social impact as a core competency that is woven into business strategies and thus yield quantifiable returns.

Our social impact consulting drives major initiatives across a broad spectrum of global challenges to shape a better future. Our work is closely aligned with addressing and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Examples of Our Social Impact Consulting

In this time of accelerating systematic change, customers, employees, and investors increasingly demand that organizations act in socially aware and sustainable ways and demonstrate that they are doing so. It is necessary, strategic, and profitable for organizations to have a positive social impact. We help organizations to plan, implement, assess, and communicate their social impact initiatives and social impact strategy. Examples of our social impact consulting work include:

  • Racial Equity. We partnered with Grameen America to enhance access to microloans and capital for more low-income Black female entrepreneurs across the United States.
  • Economic Development. We joined forces with the Rwanda Development Board to help the country attract private investors to create new jobs. As a direct result, more than $130 million was invested and 9,000 jobs were created; an additional 20,000 jobs were created indirectly.
  • Global Education. We supported the Indian state of Haryana as they quickly and sustainably boosted the quality of education for millions of students.
  • Humanitarian Response. Collaborated with the World Economic Forum to develop an ecosystem for humanitarian and resilience investing, building an “opportunity platform” for tracking the size and nature of the humanitarian investing market. The platform already indicates thousands of projects in the works, collectively worth billions of dollars.
  • Global Health. We created three principles to guide Africa’s COVID-19 response, based on our work supporting COVID-19 responses around the world and our broad range of support for governments in Africa.

Transformative global change for the better is clearly possible. Driving such change is a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Companies can do well by doing good. For instance, biopharma companies that conduct ethical human clinical trials and expand access to medications have margins that are 6.7 percentage points higher, and valuations that are 12% greater, than the average for the industry.

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Meet Our Global Social Impact Partnerships

We partner with leading organizations to mobilize shared expertise and to develop their organizational strengths toward solving some of the world's most pressing challenges.

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