• Service: Advisory, Risk Consulting, Climate Change & Sustainability Services
  • Industry: Financial Services, Food, Drink & Consumer Products, Energy & Natural Resources, Mining, Oil & Gas
  • Type: White paper
  • Date: 28/05/2014

Sustainable Insight

This series explores issues that are shaping the sustainability debate and may have a direct impact on business.

Sustainable Insight: Unlocking the value of social investment 

Companies around the world and their charitable foundations invest billions each year into social programs that aim to address some of the biggest challenges the world faces, from poverty, to lack of access to healthcare or education, to natural disasters, climate change and much more.
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But who benefits from these investments and how much? Do companies fully understand the value of their investments?

This paper aims to help those involved in social investment overcome some of the challenges to measuring and reporting on social programs.

KPMG presents research into reporting of social investment by 100 of the world’s largest companies and their associated foundations.


Key insights

  • Large companies and their foundations, on average, make social investments equivalent to 2.5 percent of their pre-tax profits every year.
  • Many companies face challenges in accurately assessing the difference these investments are making on the ground.
  • A framework to help companies improve measurement and reporting processes.

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