Growthink IMPACT is our advisory specialty practice that serves companies and organizations worldwide seeking to elevate and accelerate their social, environmental, and governance impact and outcomes.
Our team of experts deeply understands the challenges and opportunities facing impact-driven initiatives.
We work closely with our clients to develop customized strategies that support their mission, drive growth, and maximize reach. Our focus areas include:
Integration of ESG best practices in the core business
Growth plan execution support
Growth and social impact strategy development for nonprofit organizations, B-corps, and mission-driven private firms looking to advance social change
Alignment with ESG & Impact Investor criteria
Capital raising preparation and support
Exit planning and execution
Our approach is grounded in data-driven insights, best practices from successful impact companies, and our deep understanding of the impact investment ecosystem.
Whether you’re a pre-seed startup or an established organization looking to scale, we have the expertise to help you achieve your goals.
With a proven track record of success, we are confident in our ability to deliver results. Let us help you turn your vision into a reality.
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Select Growthink Impact Engagements
At Growthink Impact, we align our goals with our clients’ by deferring a portion of our fees to the clients’ achievement of relevant metrics. This means that our success is directly tied to the success of our clients.
When we engage with new clients, we work with them to define specific, measurable Social and Environmental and / or Governance factors that align with their mission and impact goals, including:
- Procurement of grants and subsidies from governments and foundations
- More sustainable product development and delivery
- Job creation for traditionally disadvantaged groups
- Energy / carbon emissions reduction
- Access to education and healthcare
- Partnerships with sustainable stakeholders
- Achievement of quality certifications.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Once these metrics are established, a portion of our fees is deferred until the target is achieved.
This aligns our interests with those of our clients, ensuring that we are both focused on delivering meaningful impact.
At Growthink Impact, we believe that this approach creates a true, long-term partnership between our firm and our clients, and it allows us to focus on what matters most: delivering results that drive growth and impact.
Client-Centered Programming Development, SCORE.org
SCORE: Founded in 1964, SCORE is the SBA’s free- and low-cost mentoring program for small business owners in the United States. Each year SCORE helps more than 120,000 entrepreneurs add jobs and sales to the U.S. economy.
SCOPE: Growthink worked with SCORE’s Executive Leadership Team to complete a study – inclusive of primary and secondary research- to identify how SCORE could better design programs and services while reaching more clients.
IMPACT: Growthink helped SCORE reimagine client segmentation through the lens of the business stage and developed recommendations on one-to-many service offerings suitable for each segment.
B-Corp Fundraising Preparation, Bewsys
BETTER WORLD SYSTEMS is an information communication technology B-Corp based in Accra, Ghana specializing in developing management information systems for humanitarian programs, government agencies, and organizations that advance sustainable global development goals. Bewsys is a certified B-Corp.
SCOPE: Growthink was engaged to develop the full business plan to serve as an internal roadmap as the company re-aligned its business model and team’s roles to the growth objectives.
IMPACT: The attribution of measurable metrics to both financial and non-financial objectives established an essential framework and accountability system for Bewsys to effectively pursue its growth objectives. Bewsys’ projects include the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, USAID and the World Bank.
Increased Membership in Sustainable Finance Initiative, United Nations Global Compact
CFO COALITION FOR THE SDGS is an initiative of the United Nations Global Compact launched in 2019 to engage global CFOs to align corporate investments and finance with the SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals).
SCOPE: Growthink was engaged to work with the leadership team to create the 2023-2025 strategic plan. The engagement involved research on best practices, interviews with CFOs of global corporations, and redesign of its operating model.
IMPACT: The 2023 strategy was approved by Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Global Compact Sanda Ojiambo and the Coalition’s Board, bringing additional focus to the initiative within the United Nations. The team can now leverage a tangible strategic plan as a roadmap and execution tool as the Coalition expands its reach.
Food Justice & Racial Equity Strategic Planning, Georgetown Law’s Coalition for Racial Equity and Democratic Economy
ROSIE’S GROCERY CO-OP is a grocery cooperative aiming to improve access to quality food in LILA Communities, where 39 million Americans live. The project is supported by the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) and Georgetown Law’s Coalition for Racial Equity and Democratic Economy (CREDE).
SCOPE: Growthink was engaged to evaluate the market potential, prioritize locations for the initial roll-out, confirm the organizational structure, and stress test the business model. Growthink also assisted Georgetown Law and NCG in the preparation of the fundraising documents.
IMPACT: As Company plans to introduce 5 locations in D.C., the anticipated Social & Economic Impact includes Reduction of Food Deserts, Creation of 100+ Jobs at Competitive Wages, Improvement in Health Outcomes in LILA districts, Promotion of Social Cohesion through work & community ownership
Community-based employment, education, and skill-building, Goodwill Industries’ e-commerce strategy
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES: With over 165 thrift stores across the U.S. and Canada, Goodwill Industries International provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers preventing them from otherwise obtaining a job, including veterans and those who lack education.
SCOPE: Growthink created the strategic plan for Goodwill’s e-commerce initiative Shop Goodwill.
IMPACT: Thanks to the partnership with Give Back Box and the shift in the brick & mortar operations, Goodwill now channels a relevant portion of its donations to the online distribution.
Access to Credit Go-to-market Planning, Amisgold Microfinance
AMISGOLD MICROFINANCE LIMITED (AMG) is a Tier 2 and Tier 3 financial institution based in Accra, Ghana.
SCOPE: Starting from a concept, Growthink worked hand in hand with Cornell Professor and AMG founder Dotsevi Sogah to create a five-year strategic plan and financial projections. As a new financial institution, approval by the Bank of Ghana was required at every stage of the process, which meant understanding in great detail a variety of financial regulations and modeling the company capital requirements accordingly.
IMPACT: Shortly after, the Company obtained the authorization to operate from the Central Bank of Ghana. Having successfully raised capital to launch operations, AMG is currently providing micro loans to business owners and individuals as a means of sparking local economic development.
- Nonprofits, Foundations, the Public sector, and generally Impact-driven companies desperately need stakeholder alignment on growth strategy and execution support
These organizations often lack dedicated skills, resources, and actionability.
Having social impact initiatives and sustainable practices at the core of the organization is not enough if the company is unable to reach scale and relevance
- There is a great opportunity for impact-aligned companies to attract impact investments
Impact investing as a sector has been a growing field over the span of the last few years. 2022 further intensified the growth of impact investment due to the venture of more mainstream investors in the market along with explosive growth in climate change finance. The GIIN estimates the size of the worldwide impact investing market to be $1.164 trillion, marking the first time that the organization’s widely-cited estimate has topped the $1 trillion mark.
While impact investing in the past was perceived as a niche market, investors are now witnessing a landslide happening as private bankers and asset managers are focusing on how to incorporate things jointly to generate net positive investments.
- Growth and Positive Impact are not mutually exclusive: they have become symbiotic
Traditionally, economic growth has been associated with negative social and environmental impacts such as pollution, inequality, and depletion of natural resources. However, over the years, there has been a growing realization that sustainable economic growth is only possible if it also takes into account positive social and environmental impact.
Businesses have come to understand that a positive impact on society and the environment can actually drive economic growth. For instance, companies that prioritize sustainability practices may attract a larger customer base who are interested in supporting environmentally and socially responsible businesses. Similarly, companies that invest in their employees’ well-being and development often see higher productivity and innovation, which can lead to increased profits.
By prioritizing these areas, businesses and other organizations can establish a virtuous cycle that supports both sustainable growth and a positive impact on society and the environment.
Growthink Impact Consultants
Our team specializes in providing solutions tailored to your goals, whether it’s the development of an actionable growth strategy, the introduction of a product that can end plastic waste, the integration of sustainability best practices in the core business, the preparation for a transaction – or simply the need for a pragmatic team to roll up their sleeves and support every step of the way. We believe that by working together, we can create a better future for your organization and all of its stakeholders.
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