Assessing impacts of business on development: what do alternative frameworks offer?
On 12 May 2009, Business Action for Africa convened an event with the Overseas Development Institute and the UK Department for International entitled. "Assessing impacts of business on development: what do alternative frameworks offer?" The event was moderated by Simon Maxwell, Senior Research, Overseas Development Institute. The event was hosted by Anglo American.
Below is the video of the event. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for links to speaker presentations and other resources.
Caroline Ashley, ODI, speaking on "‘The how and why of impact assessment’: Overview of 4 contrasting approaches"
Miguel Veiga-Pestana, Vice-President Global External Affairs, Unilever, speaking on "Mapping the value chain in Indonesia and mapping economic contribution in South Africa"
Joaquim Croca, Head of Corporate Responsibility Performance & Reporting, Vodafone Group, speaking on "Local level assessment of mobile phone use and reporting against GRI scorecard"
Marie Rosencrantz, Socially Responsible Investment Adviser, CDC, speaking on "Assessing the impact of business investments from the donor perspective"
Discussants: Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer;Graham Clewer, Director, Community Trade, The Body Shop; Jessica Davis, WBCSD
Framework for Measuring the Development Impact of Business
Background Note on Approaches to assessing business impacts on deve... This paper has been prepared for the fifth meeting in the series on ‘Harnessing the Power of Business for Development Impact.’ The fifth meeting explores how we can better understand the impact of business on development, and particularly what companies themselves do in this area. So far, in discussions of business models and corporate innovation, a recurrent theme has been that we need to know which approaches really do contribute effectively to development, or create ‘social value’. But approaches to understanding this are diverse. The purpose of this paper, and of the meeting, is to explore contrasting approaches and to develop key questions for further discussion. A revised version, drawing on the meeting and on comments received, will be published as an ODI Working Paper. Please send comments to
Donor Insights and Experiences
Review of key issues and approaches