The Business ROI of Social Investments: A Pilot Program

ACCP and IO Sustainability are launching a landmark initiative to help companies identify how corporate social responsibility (CSR) supports both the financial bottom line and community objectives. The Business ROI of Social Investments: A Pilot Program will engage 15 or more companies to develop tools that enable managers to structure community investments to deliver measurable benefits for the business and society; to determine which investments will deliver strategic value; and to measure results. Participating companies will work through a process to diagnose current performance and to develop a business case for their CSR programs.

Project ROI – Defining the Financial and Competitive Value of Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Sustainability[1] finds that Social Investment can make vital contributions to a company’s financial and competitive success. Yet the common perception among executives is that their company’s community investments do not support business objectives. The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will increase the demands on companies to do more, while conversely, increasing global competition will pressure companies to do less.

ACCP and IO Sustainability will guide the pilot program members through a structured method to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities within their programs. The structure of the pilot will also allow participants to benchmark their programs against peers and leaders in the field. ACCP and IO Sustainability will provide guidance and the infrastructure needed to support peer learning throughout the program.

To learn more about the pilot program, please contact Maryann Fiala at or 407-930-5639 and Steve Rochlin at or 703-969-9197.

[1] Steve Rochlin, Stephen Jordan, et al. Project ROI: Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, 2015.