Shared Value Foundation

Shared Value Foundation is a non-profit organisation working in developing countries and aims to contribute to the creation of Shared Value, a business concept that seeks opportunity for businesses to solve societal problems. Through our global network of experienced young development geographers at Utrecht University, we aim to assist businesses and other organisations that (want to) work in developing countries by providing in-depth local research to gain a clear insight in the local context  and (future) impact of the investment or intervention. We think this knowledge of, and interaction with, local communities, entrepreneurs and other local stakeholders is essential for an investment to be successful for both business and society.


Through its international network and past fieldwork experience in the global south, the foundation is able to advise its clients on the context of emerging markets and discuss possibilities and potential pitfalls.


Shared Value Foundation works in close collaboration with IDS (the International Development Studies group at Utrecht University) and has a wide network of academic and civil societal organizations.


Operating in intercultural situations, international entrepreneurs interested in creating shared value can directly benefit from rigorous fieldwork, mapping unintended consequences and opportunities for positive impact.

Shared Value

Creating Shared Value is a business concept that seeks opportunity for business in solving societal problems (economic, social, environmental), starting from the premise that the competitiveness of a company and the wellbeing of the communities around it are mutually dependent.


CSR is a process with the aim to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be considered as stakeholders.


These professionals – trained and supervised by Shared Value Foundation- will work on the basis of confidentiality – and will keep to a code of conduct. In this way they can work with the client in a safe and open collaboration.

We are always looking for new projects. Feel free to contact us with your questions about the possibility for fieldwork or advise on the developing context.

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