Shor t Takes
Consulting® NOVEMBER 2015 5
corporate social responsibility is now main stream. If
your company is not thinking about it, you are in the
minority. Nine out of every 10 of the Fortune 500 companies invest in corporate social impact in some way,
shape or form. That was pretty surprising. The second
trend is that over time we have seen a transition to a
more integrated social impact model. This is very much
talked about as “creating shared value.” The third trend
we found was the fact that everyone approaches social
impact in a very nuanced way.
Consulting: It seems to me to be a vast landscape. How
do you define social community impact?
O’Dwyer: We are organized around nine key areas: Ed-
ucation; Global Health; Social Entrepreneurship &
Scaling; Emerging Market Entry Strategy; Economic
Development; Sustainable Supply Chain; Food Security
& Agriculture; Water, Energy & the Environment; and
Philanthropy & Investing. Unlike other parts of the busi-
ness we take much more of an issues-oriented approach
rather than a functional one. That’s getting a lot of atten-
tion with clients in the marketplace.
Consulting: What revenue goals do you have?
O’Dwyer: This is just getting started. This should be a
nine-figure business in the next four years.
Consulting: How do you get there?
O’Dwyer: For now, we’re going to focus on only a couple
of industry sectors—Consumer Products, Healthcare
Life Sciences, Higher Education and a pretty significant
donor business, as well. That’s where we’re seeing the
most disruption. There are also quite a few companies
we’re developing relationships with based on the defined mission of doing good. Some of those companies
are going to grow significantly, they are going to catch
a wave and we can catch it too. If that happens, it’s not
that hard to get to that nine-figure number I mentioned.