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Total Impact Valuation: Overview of Current Practices (Expanded Report)

Total impact valuation—the practice of quantifying and monetizing a company’s economic, social, and environmental impacts—has almost as many methodologies as it has companies engaging in the practice. BASFSamsung, AkzoNobel, and the 11 other companies in our sample thathave published the methodologies and results of their quantitative environmental and social impact analyses are trailblazers in a complex, emerging field that could play an important role in the future of company reporting. But in the absence of a standard methodology, the differences in valuation approaches make it unfeasible to compare company practices oreven to draw useful conclusions about an individual company’s results. Without a common language, total impact valuation risks remaining at best an immensely challenging, scattered practice, and at worst a self-serving, misleading instrument.

This report includes: 

  • Appendix A: Companies in our sample; 
  • Appendix B: Economic, social, and environmental indicators used in total impact valuation methodologies; 
  • Appendix C: Examples of valuation approaches by indicator.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Total impact valuation—the practice of quantifying and monetizing a company’s economic, social, and environmental impacts—can help organizations better understand the full extent of their impacts on society, which can in turn guide management decisions by identifying where to focus efforts on improving social value creation. While today this process is complicated and its results can be misleading, once refined, it has the potential to play an important role in the future of company reporting.

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Thomas Singer

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