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Making a Difference

We are putting the power of BCG to work to make a difference in the world.

 
We make our greatest societal impact in collaboration with our clients. We are deeply committed to making a difference in helping communities thrive by prioritizing our social impact and sustainability agendas. We seek to drive impact in climate and environment, global development, global health, and education.

Our work is closely aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We have built the business case for climate action, helped reform public health systems, and forged a path to education reform for more than 2 million students in India.

Internally, we are committed to evolving our own business practices to make a difference in society, to protect our planet, and to empower our people.

Helping Our Clients Deliver Total Societal Impact

It is no longer enough for businesses to view their social contributions through the lens of traditional corporate social responsibility. Stakeholders—including customers, employees, and investors alike—increasingly expect a more fundamental and intrinsic commitment to sustainability. We help clients use total societal impact, a new lens for strategy that focuses on mobilizing the full scale of a company’s assets, resources, and people to maximize their positive societal impact.

BCG investments have enabled almost $2 billion in consulting on social impact in the past ten years.

We work with about half of our firms’ largest clients on social impact projects, delivering over 700 social impact projects in 2019.

 

Shaping the Global Agenda

BCG’s ground-breaking research and thought leadership amplify our societal impact. By helping companies make a difference in solving global challenges, and by sharing insights across sectors, we are helping to shape the global agenda. 

This work culminated in our 2017 introduction of total societal impact, a new lens for strategy that focuses on mobilizing the full scale of a company’s assets, resources, and people to maximize their positive societal impact through business innovations that deliver comprehensive and systemic solutions to the world’s biggest problems.

We are committed to working with companies making a difference in the environment. Recently, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, BCG released a new study titled The Net Zero Challenge: Fast-Forward to Decisive Climate Action. This report assesses progress by corporations, governments, and civil society since the 2015 Paris Accord.

BCG on Social Impact

Follow BCG’s latest thinking on social impact to explore how organizations are advancing the SDGs and how the growth of your business can benefit society.

 

Evolving Our Own Actions

In addition to helping companies make a difference, we are determined to do our part as best we can to build a sustainable and inclusive future.

Protecting our planet

We are committed to making a difference by minimizing the negative environmental impacts of our business operations. Our first efforts go toward reducing our emissions in line with our internal reduction targets. For emissions that we cannot yet eliminate, we purchase and retire an equivalent volume of carbon credits in order to achieve CarbonNeutral company certification. We are committed to continuously reviewing and adjusting our actions to achieve maximum climate impact according to the latest available guidance.

 

Empowering Our People

Our ability to attract and retain the best talent from all backgrounds—to fully reflect the diverse world in which we live and work—is fundamental to our success in helping clients make a difference. We prioritize our people with sustained investments in talent acquisition, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, employee well-being, and safety and security.

BCG on Diversity and Inclusion

When an organization creates an inclusive culture that values diversity, everyone wins.

Promoting Responsible Business Practices

Dedication to responsible and ethical practices defines BCG’s approach to business. We are committed to making a difference in climate change and the environment. We also want to be a business making a difference in the community. We strive to transform business and society for the better, both in collaboration with clients and in our own operations, guided by our values and purpose. Our commitment to responsible business practices extends to our partners and suppliers through our Supplier Code of Conduct

BCG is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and has made a public commitment to adhere to the UNGC’s ten principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anticorruption.

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