For CORPORATES

New Roles. New Opportunities

WHAT IT MEANS

A purpose with a business

Business is a vital partner in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Companies can contribute through their core activities, and we ask companies everywhere to assess their impact, set ambitious goals and communicate transparently about the results.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Transformational journey

The transition to a purpose driven corporation demands a deep transformation in any organization and is a never ending journey, that requires inspiration, long term vision, wise mindset, clear curiosity, open collaboration with fellows of ecosystem, creativity for experimentation, as well as new managerial tools and systems

WHAT WE DO

From external collaboration to internal transformation

Strategizing

Re-envisioning the enterprise and developing a road map with stakeholders in the ecosystem to realize the new vision.

Scaling

Testing transformational change solutions for each business function and market to identify those with the largest impact.

Innovating

Co-creation of innovative solutions with ecosystem stakeholders and social/green and tech start ups on focused human challenges.

Mindset Shifting

Executive training on different sustainability issues using experience oriented and non- cognitive learning methods.

Assessing

+1.000.000 corporate sustainability initiatives allowing digital benchmarking with Big Data and AI technologies + stakeholder consultations.

For ACADEMIA

Engaged field experimentation on transformational change

WHAT IT MEANS

From big data exploitation to collaborative exploration of new logics of business

Knowledge for mutual benefit

The overarching research question that guides the GOLDEN program is: How do companies learn to change towards more sustainable enterprise models? GOLDEN’s research is thus designed to identify and assess the factors that influence companies’ capacity to drive the transformational change processes that might lead them to embed sustainability principles deeply into their products, processes, systems, strategies, governance, culture, and the purpose/mission that motivates their existence and their members’ identity fit.

GOLDEN aims to tackle this question in the context of a global business-academia-institutions partnership and through the adoption of a large mix of methodologies, the most important of which is field experiments, designed in collaboration with companies, on specific change initiatives that innovate on a part of their existing business model. Field experiments offers a chance for companies to approach complex challenges together with experts in fields relevant in the context of sustainability. We collaborate with a network of international academia to elaborate and combine frontier knowledge to Human Value Creation.

We invite individual researchers, and academic institutions to join our existing network in the GF of about 150 researchers from more than 60 business schools and research networks in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Golden provides a unique opportunity for research centers and individual researchers:

  • Leverage a unique digitalized dataset with universal coverage of sustainability initiatives across sectors and countries
  • Access to companies
  • Participate in the development and deployment of major cross disciplinary research programs
  • Gain visibility for your research in global research communities
  • Join efforts to access funding from research agencies, foundations and businesses.

WHAT WE DO

Learn. Experiments. Change.

Research Projects

Seize opportunities
to engage participant companies
in knowledge co-creation projects

Field Experiments

Comparing the impact of alternative initiatives to tackle sustainability challenges

Impact co-Labs

CEO and SME Impact innovation groups

Executive Education

Executive programs leveraging research tools
and reflective processes to nurture re-envisioning,
road-mapping and experimentation

Big Data Platform

Universal Database of sustainability initiatives, measurement tools (surveys, protocols, interviews,…)

For SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

WHAT IT MEANS

Scaling impact with global partners

Scaling impact with global partners

Social Enterprises play a key role in addressing solutions to SDG and in particular to human goals and have the unique
chance to connect with corporations to develop their solutions and scale their business. Thus a deep transformation
towards financial sustainability is enabling this opportunity.

We strengthen impact entrepreneurs in building these assets. Thus we shape customized solutions to succeed and enhance scalability of selected social enterprises with outstanding concepts by:
• joining Impact Innovation Lab to share needs and solutions
• connecting with large corporates and ecosystem
• growing with global partners
• raising funds to scale business

WHAT WE DO

Scalability and Financial Sustainability

Strategy Development

Enhance strategy scalability and financial sustainability

Innovation Pilots

Launch scalable pilots with large corporations

Impact co-Labs

Share impact solutions with Corporate partners

Executive Traininig

Participate in executive training for different sustainability issues using experience oriented learning methods

Big Data mining

Identify potential Corporate partners leveraging GOLDEN dataset of sustainability initiatives

For FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

WHAT IT MEANS

Internal impact and External impact

Internal impact and External impact

Financial markets are rewarding players able to integrate social and economic value assessments in their investment and asset allocation decisions. Investors are required to set up impact alignment in asset allocation priorities, enhancing decision making processes and skills, building vehicles and blended solutions.

However the transition to a successful impact investment strategy cannot be accomplished without a deep internal transformation in the mindsets, culture, governance and operating processes.

We support investors in setting impact alignment in asset allocation priorities, enhancing decision
making processes and skills, building vehicles and blended solutions:
• Share your approach to impact investing with corporations
• Identify attractive impact targets
• Enhance impact finance metrics
• Evolve your impact value approach
• Engage in Executive training

WHAT WE DO

Envisioning. Strategizing. Investment.

Strategizing

Re-envisioning the enterprise and developing a road map with stakeholders in the ecosystem to realize the new vision.

Scaling

Testing transformational change solutions for each business function and market to identify those with the largest impact.

Innovating

Co-creation of innovative solutions with ecosystem stakeholders and social/green and tech start ups on focused human challenges.

Mindset Shifting

Executive training on different sustainability issues using experience oriented and non- cognitive learning methods.

Big Data Impact Assessment

Leveraging GOLDEN Dataset of sustainability initiatives to assess quality of investment portfolio in terms of actual business sustainability.

Each activity is inter-linked and self- reinforcing in a virtuous cycle and connected between each player of the ecosystem.

For Public Administration

WHAT IT MEANS

Bigger challenges. New opportunities

Bigger challenges. New opportunities

We are currently at the beginning of a new era in terms of sustainability. As the drafting of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN is coming to an end, the challenges posed by the new targets are becoming increasingly clear in their magnitude and depth, compared to their predecessors, the MDGs.


Transformational change: The national and international government institutions, as well as the business community and the representatives of civil society are producing an unprecedented set of commitments to transformational change in the way they will govern, produce, innovate, invest, consume, collaborate and learn. Realizing these changes will be perhaps the largest and most complex collaborative enterprise that the world has ever seen so far.


We collaborate with Government and Institutions to maximize impact of policies:
• Engage in new impact development platform
• Develop innovative SDG delivery initiatives
• Design and deploy field experiments for policy interventions
• Participate in Executive training

WHAT WE DO

Design. Impact.

Strategy Support

Applying assessment, benchmarking and road mapping tools to develop and refine sustainability policies

Innovation Pilots

Testing alternative sustainability solutions to identify the one with the largest impact for policy intervention

Impact Innovation Clubs

In depths exchange with international thought leaders and corporations

Executive Traininig

Executive training for different sustainability issues using experience oriented learning methods

Big Data Platform

Universal Database of sustainability initiatives to select most impactful activities for each community