Social Return on Investment: Capturing the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility

Social Return on Investment (SROI) attempts to capture the blended value generated by investments into social or community ventures. The approach uses the tools of cost-benefit analysis to assess the return of these investments. Applied to corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, SROI can be an important tool to demonstrate the social impact of corporate investments into communities.


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Comment by Chris Jarvis on October 15, 2008 at 22:48
Hey Karim,

Wondering if you have any good sites with some of the SROI tools you mention, or documents you could send my way?

Good to have you here with us. I have some friends in Nairobi. What part of Kenya are you connected to/from?
Comment by Karim Harji on October 21, 2008 at 19:31
Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. Check out the New Economics Foundation, REDF, and - these are probably the best places to find what you're looking for. Let me know if you need specific info, and I'll probably be able to point you into the right direction.

I'm grew up in Mombasa - hence my strong connection to Kenya. Have you visited?

Would love to hear more about your work around corporate volunteering. I have done a little work in the area - check out the blog post on the Home Depot-Habitat for Humanity case study; the Overview piece also has some good lessons around corporate volunteering as one piece of a broader CSR strategy. But I realize that there are so many exciting initiatives around corporate volunteering that I am not aware of!
Comment by Chris Jarvis on November 30, 2008 at 2:45
Not sure how I missed your response to my comment, sorry about the month's delay in responding (yikes).

I'll take a look at those sights and get back to you if I have any further questions. And yes, I have been to Nairobi. I have some friends there who are associated with a large church in the city, as well as some community work in Kibera.

Thanks for the heads up with Home Depot as well. I'll take a look at the blog post.

Let's stay in touch...


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