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Oct 13

Learning Circle – Putting Equity at the Centre of Grantmaking

October 13, 2022

With the many considerations and challenges in grants management, it’s easy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practices to take the backseat, and for structural biases to go unnoticed. In the endeavour to improve outcomes for all, how can Corporate Social Impact (CSI) professionals convert EDI goals to a solid strategy and framework, and embed it in the organization’s grant-making practices in meaningful ways?

In this Learning Circle, we will explore how corporate foundations can start identifying and addressing inequities through their grantmaking; the challenges they should expect in this process; and the radical results that can come from putting under-represented beneficiaries at the forefront of the conversation. The Learning Circle will feature Meenu Bhambhani, Vice President, Head of Corporate Citizenship and Inclusion and Diversion for Asia Pacific. State Street has launched a new 10-point action plan to address racism and inequality, systematically analyzing the portfolio of their grantees to reflect these priorities. Meenu will share her insights on the challenges of representing marginalized groups and implementing EDI principles in different regional contexts within Asia.


October 13, 2022



Inclusive Business

Companies may choose to adopt an inclusive business model or approach that provides goods, services, and livelihoods on a commercially viable basis to people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Depending on the nature and size of the organisation, companies can do this by directly incorporating the BoP in their core value chain, or by piloting inclusive business initiatives through their corporate impact efforts.

Adapted from: Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)


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Creating Shared Value Through Inclusive Business Strategies

By CSR Asia

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This paper by CSR Asia outlines how inclusive business (IB) strategies can create shared value and walks through practical steps companies can take to develop an effective IB strategy. It makes a case for inclusive business and demonstrates how companies can leverage aspects of their value chain to create opportunities for low-income communities. You will also find a number of case studies from around the Asia region.

Corporate Foundation

Corporate foundations (or company-sponsored foundations) are philanthropic organisations that are created and financially supported by a corporation. The foundation is created as a separate legal entity from the corporation, but with close ties to the corporation. Corporate foundations tend to make grants in fields related to their corporate activities or in communities where the corporation operates, or where their employees reside.

Source: Council of Foundations

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Corporate Social Impact Accelerator

Companies may establish Social Impact Accelerators to help enterprises looking to address a social problem over an extended period of time with a mix of financial and non-financial support, including seed funding, mentorship, training, networking and working space.

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Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is any formally organised support or encouragement from companies to leverage employee time, knowledge, skills or other resources to support impact organisations. Employee engagement can vary from corporate volunteering (hands-on or skill-based, virtual or on-site volunteering) and/or corporate giving (payroll giving, employee matching) to co-investment programmes.

Source: EVPA, 2018

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to strategies that companies put into action as part of corporate governance that are designed to ensure the company’s operations are ethical and beneficial for society. These may include initiatives to support the environment, fair labour practices, philanthropy and/or sustainable business practices.

Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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Corporate Impact Fund

Corporate impact funds enable companies to make investments that are aligned with and amplified by their strategic priorities, market position and resources in order to generation measurable and mutually reinforcing social, environmental and financial returns and outcomes.

Adapted from: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), 2021

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