Social Impact Initiative Trends

2023 Trends

TREND 1: Recognizing that business management philosophy should be based on integrating human values and prioritizing corporate culture.

TREND 2: Understanding that meaningful social transformation depends on transformational leaders that create companies that are transformational because they are authentic, benevolent, consistent, collaborative, flexible, humble and resilient.

TREND 3: Solving more social problems by businesses that are committed to bringing new thinking to old problems.

TREND 4: Creating more opportunities for employees to help shape the social impact of the companies they work for, ensure that the experience of work is meaningful, and understand and address the needs of local communities.

TREND 5: Co-creating innovative, effective projects, developed in partnership with local communities and organizations, that are designed to help solve social problems.

TREND 6: Understanding that sustainable and regenerative development depends on thinking locally instead of globally.

TREND 7: Continuing to prioritize the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion principles and integrating them into all business practices.

TREND 8: Creating opportunities for more businesses that understand and embody the values of local cultures, history and the natural environment.

TREND 9: Integrating human physical and mental health into all business practices, including employment, product development and operations.

TREND 10: Uncovering new opportunities to build bridges between business solutions in areas such as hospitality and wellness and community assets such as hospitals, community centers and social services organizations.


2022 Trends

TREND 1: Change for Good

TREND 2: Nothing About Us Without Us

TREND 3: Stories are as Important as Numbers

TREND 4: Diversity Hiring Changes Lives

TREND 5: Co-Creation Supersedes Consultation


2021 Trends

Corporate Social Responsibility

TREND 1: CSR is an Expectation Not a “Nice to Have”

TREND 2: Putting Investments to Work in a Way That Truly Matters

TREND 3: Purpose and Fulfillment Lead

TREND 4: Climate Change is Front and Center

TREND 5: The Impact of Covid

TREND 6: Corporations Embrace Activism

Social Impact

TREND 1: The Human Aggregation Business Will Bounce Back

TREND 2: Geography Continues to Gain Importance

TREND 3: The Purpose Economy Will Accelerate


2020 Trends

TREND 1: Transparency is so in

TREND 2: Making time to do good: an everyday expectation

TREND 3: Leaders who inspire = brands that inspire

TREND 4: Purpose is profit

TREND 5: Impact beyond grant-making


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