If you are involved in a collective effort to address a large-scale social challenge and are wondering how companies could play a meaningful role, this handbook is for you. It is a companion to ENGAGE: How Funders Can Support and Leverage Networks for Social Impact, a resource for philanthropic funders considering whether a social impact network might be the right investment; and if so, what kind of network to engage with, and what role to play.
Building on that guidance, this handbook focuses on the particular models for building social impact networks that engage the private sector. Why would a network want to include a company? Why would a company want to participate in a network? Can an effort create social impact while delivering business value? What makes network relationships durable? What are the different needs around accountability, leadership, governance and mindset? And what kinds of roles are best suited for companies to play?
This handbook describes: • The unique opportunity today to engage business in social impact networks • Why language matters in approaching and successfully engaging business • Five current models of social impact networks that involve companies • Practical steps for assessing and recruiting a potential corporate participant.
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Anna Muoio, Noah Rimland Flower
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