About B4SI

B4SI is the global standard in measuring and managing corporate social impact.

The B4SI Frameworks form a robust measurement standard that any company can apply to understand the difference their contributions make to business and society.

Our Vision

A world where every business can measure and manage its social impact, sharing information in an open, transparent, and consistent way.

Our Mission

To provide a common standard for companies to measure and manage their social impact, and a platform to learn together how to maximise their impact.

Benefits of the Network

Companies who have used the B4SI Framework for longer have higher ESG scores, including scoring an average of +35 points above industry mean in the Social dimension of DJSI ESG scores (2021).

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Meet the Team 

Clodagh Connolly

Clodagh Connolly

Global B4SI Director

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Clodagh has designed and implemented the change programme for B4SI globally and manages the B4SI Network of companies providing strategic direction and operational overview. B4SI is the global standard in measuring and managing social impact and the Framework underpins brand confidence in both internal & external stakeholder messaging for major global companies. A network dedicated to business, members are committed to excellence in societal impact. Clodagh is passionate about the power of business as a driver of meaningful societal and business impact.

Background:
My background is in strategy development and implementation and my experience over the past twenty years spans all three sectors – private, public and non-profit. I’ve collaborated with multinationals to create and evolve bespoke strategies, flagship programs, and measurement frameworks with a view to positively impacting the business and society and a common theme in all the roles I’ve held has been my work on the creation of strategy through to operational implementation. Appointed at senior advisor level to the Irish Government on issues related to business and societal impact and representing Ireland at CSR Europe, I’ve also worked with academia through Trinity College, Dublin Centre for Non Profit Management.

I hold an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin and an undergraduate degree in Business with a specialism in HR. I’m an accredited AgilePM Practitioner and recipient of the ‘Dunant’ award from the International Red Cross for work within the British Red Cross Crisis Response Team throughout the Manchester Bombings, Waterloo Bridge & Borough Market attacks and Grenfell fire.

Person I most admire:
I admire anyone who isn’t afraid to make/inspire change, because real change is slow and can be difficult, but the rewards are amazing. My personal passion is in the issue of Social Mobility.

 

Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson

B4SI APAC Director

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Simon is a specialist in the measurement and benchmarking of corporate community investments and impact assessment using the B4SI methodology. Simon has been a CSR professional, connecting business and communities, since the early 1990’s.

Simon was accredited as a partnership broker and now supports companies and not for profits to measure, innovate and lead in their community investment.

Background:
Simon has held a range of senior positions including Deputy Regional Director for Business in the Community (UK). Moving to Australia in 2004, he has held positions as GM for Corporate Responsibility at Sensis and was the inaugural CEO of Melbourne / Australia Cares. Simon has been the B4SI Director in Australia and New Zealand since 2009

Client and Project Experience:
Simon regularly works with over 50 large companies across Australia and New Zealand these include ANZ, Woodside and Qantas. He has provided training and guidance in all aspects of corporate community investment and impact assessment. Simon managed the feasibility study and subsequent establishment of Australia Cares, connecting business and communities and prior to that pioneered the establishment of the Çares programme across many UK cities.

Person I most admire:
Anyone who can turn adversity around. People across the world who having experienced some difficult or traumatic events take that and turn into a benefit to society working to prevent the same happening to others. Malala Yousafzai, the young woman from Afghanistan springs to mind as one such person I very much admire.

Sarah Downey

Sarah Downey

B4SI APAC Lead

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I have 14 years of international business experience across communications, marketing and community investment roles with expertise in corporate communications, digital marketing, events management, community engagement, business development and social impact measurement and management.

Background:
My career started in marketing and business development roles in the financial services sector, and in more recent years I have held roles specialising in community engagement and social impact in the infrastructure and logistics sector. Throughout my career, I have led national professional development roadshows for financial planners, project managed the delivery of a best-in-class website and designed and delivered a community grants program, improving the lives of thousands.

I believe that corporate social responsibility is central to business success and I have has experience leading and aligning community investment programs with corporate goals.

Client and Project Experience:
Working in global and domestic organisations, my experience ranges from communications planning, community engagement design, strategy formulation and execution, and social impact measurement. I have worked with businesses across multiple industries – including banking, funds management, financial planning, logistics & infrastructure.

Person I most admire:
Grace Tame for her courage and tenacity in the pursuit of justice, in an unjust world. And Brené Brown for colloquialising vulnerability and gifting us the language to wrap words around our feelings.

Nicola Inge

Nicola Inge

B4SI EMEA Lead

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I have 20 years’ experience leading campaigns and programmes tackling inequality and driving social impact in communities and workplaces, with a particular focus on responsible business.  My expertise lies in influencing changes in behaviour and practice within many of the UK’s largest businesses, working with leaders in business, government and the voluntary sector to create a fairer society. 

Background:

I began my career addressing social justice and homelessness before moving into responsible business, where I have built specific expertise around employment, skills and inclusion.  Over the last decade I have provided advice, guidance and frameworks to support businesses to create measurable impact in their communities and workplaces.  I have also acted as a strategic adviser for various corporate, government and voluntary sector groups, shaping changes in policy and practice.  I have joined B4SI from Business in the Community where I was Social Impact Director, and I am also a Trustee at a large mental health & housing charity in Oxford, UK.   

Client and project experience

Over the past two decades I have supported clients from diverse sectors, including financial services, transport, utilities, retail and legal, to improve their responsible business practices.  This has involved intensive work with CR and HR teams, as well as engaging CEOs and Executive Boards in driving greater social impact.  My client engagement has involved delivering training in community investment and social sustainability issues, and conducting Social Return on Investment analysis.

Person I most admire

Social justice campaigners everywhere, for the tenacity and resilience that enables them to keep pushing for change despite the heavy headwinds.

Andres Schottlaender

Andres Schottlaender

B4SI Managing Consultant

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With experience in the private, public and third sectors, before joining CC I worked in the Membership Team of Business in the Community, supporting companies from across the UK embed and advance their responsible business strategies, on top of managing transformation projects within the charity.

I started my career after studying Communication Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, working on purposeful brands marketing at Unilever for three years, as part of the company’s Future Leaders Programme. I then worked on corruption prevention policies in the government of my home province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, where I supported state-owned enterprises develop Integrity Plans, as well as drafted legislation and managed policy implementation projects. I moved to the UK in 2018, where I completed an MSc in Global Governance and Ethics at UCL.

Client and Project Experience
I have worked with companies in multiple sectors -legal, food manufacturing and utilities, among others- and on topics as varied as business purpose and strategy, charity partnerships, transition to net zero carbon or employee wellbeing. I currently support companies to apply the B4SI Frameworks in measuring the social impact of their initiatives.

Person I most admire
I admire people who silently make others’ lives better, through everyday actions or advocating arduous organisational and societal change. I admire collective activism movements, from environment to human rights, as they are the only route for true and durable change.

Natasha Hare

Natasha Hare

B4SI Social Impact Client Coordinator

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Areas of Expertise:
I work as a Social Impact Client Coordinator for the B4SI Network, and I support the management of the growth of B4SI in the Asia Pacific region. My role includes supporting member practitioners with applying the B4SI Frameworks correctly and maximising the tools, resources, and expertise available, ensuring maximum client satisfaction and membership retention. I am responsible for network coordination in the APAC region, and I collaborate with global colleagues on strategic B4SI project design and delivery.

Background:
Prior to joining Corporate Citizenship, I completed a double degree in Design and Business at Monash University, majoring in Industrial Design and International Business. Throughout my academic experience, I became passionate about corporate social responsibility, responsible business practices, sustainability and making a positive impact. My degree taught me creative thinking and problem-solving skills and gave me the knowledge required to thoughtfully approach ESG topics.

Client and Project Experience:
I have overseen the launch of a strategic B4SI project and I’ve provided support with delivering various social impact projects throughout the APAC region across several sectors, including financial services, consumer goods, and utilities and services.

Person I most admire:
I remember first hearing about Mary Wollstonecraft and falling in love with her passion, brilliance, and strong desire to protect the women around her and deliver them from injustice. I admire her for her courage to challenge the conventions of society that reinforced inequality, no matter what the consequences were.

Rayan Chahin

Rayan Chahin

B4SI Consultant

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Background:
Prior to joining SLR Consulting, I worked in the interfaith charity sector for two years. During this time, I delivered award-winning social action projects, led workshops on project implementation, co-organised London’s largest Youth Interfaith Summit, and produced a guidebook on how to facilitate open interfaith dialogue.

Areas of expertise:
By nature of my two degrees, I am a trained researcher that specialises in the field of international development. My Masters degree at the University of Oxford saw me critically analyse development programmes that target poverty, race and gender inequality, and environmental sustainability. I focussed my thesis on analysing Palestinian refugee remittances through the lens of humanitarian aid. Not only did this project focus on giving agency back to refugees, but it attempted to shift the popular narrative around them being ‘helpless victims’ and receivers of aid towards them being proactive providers of aid themselves.

Person I most admire:
I admire the courage and determination of all displaced peoples. Particularly the strength needed to uproot their lives and start afresh whilst actively engaging in the remembrance of their homelands.

 

Agnes Tornberg

Agnes Tornberg

B4SI Senior Researcher

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Background:
After spending over six years at university studying a wide variety of subjects and having worked in both the private and non-profit sector, my knowledge spans across different disciplines. With a master’s degree in Sustainability and Management from Royal Holloway, University of London, I have a deep understanding of both environmental and social issues as well as the way these two are interconnected. My master’s studies gave me an opportunity to explore topics such as women’s access to microfinance in the Global South and the continued oppression of the indigenous Sámi people in Northern Sweden, further developing my interest in the social side of things. This passion has also led me to volunteer for causes like Millions Missing, raising awareness for ME, and ESOL Refugee Tutoring, aimed at helping refugees integrate into society.

Client experience:
With experience of working with clients from multiple continents in both the private and public sector, I am used to managing a diverse and international client portfolio which has helped me develop an understanding of cultural differences and the different types of challenges organisations today face.

Person I most admire:
I admire all minorities that show resilience and are committed to preserving their culture despite a history of oppression. On a personal level, I really look up to my dad for reclaiming (what should have been) his native language of Meänkieli, and I am trying to follow his example!

Emma Evans

Emma Evans

B4SI Senior Researcher

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Area of Expertise

I work as a Senior Researcher within the B4SI team. I focus on supporting the management of the growth of B4SI in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. My key responsibilities include supporting clients with the correct application of the B4SI Frameworks and ensuring client satisfaction and membership retention. I also collect and analyse client data and provide recommendations based on the data. In addition, I support the delivery of B4SI events and the coordination of content via digital media platforms.

Background

I completed my undergraduate degree in Human Geography at Cardiff University in 2016. During my degree, I became particularly interested in sustainability and so went on to study Sustainability & Consultancy at the University of Leeds in 2020. During my Masters, we were required to do a 3-month placement; I chose to do mine with Royal Mail looking into their social impact strategies and the best way to report their activities. I thoroughly enjoyed this research project, and it was during this time that it became apparent that I found the social side of sustainability extremely interesting and knew I wanted a job in that field.

Anna Cheng

Anna Cheng

B4SI Social Impact Client Coordinator

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My Background
With over two decades working as a creative and design professional, my experience is deeply rooted in extensive cross-disciplinary practice and broad global exposure. Having completed the Social Impact program at UNSW Business School, I’ve strategically pivoted my skills and knowledge to drive meaningful social impact and foster positive change.

My Expertise
My role at B4SI focuses on supporting our members in the network, to better manage their social and community initiatives and in identifying opportunities to amplify their social impact. I am particularly passionate about collaborative impact, shared-value strategies, and social impact measurement.

Person I most admire
I admire people who push the boundaries to rectify social injustice. Particularly Muhammad Yunus, who revolutionized social entrepreneurship with microfinance, empowering impoverished individuals, especially women, to uplift themselves. His Grameen Bank model showcases how business can be a force for good, merging profit and purpose. Yunus’s vision, resilience, and impact underscore the transformative potential of innovative, purpose-driven business solutions.

Laura Burroughs

Laura Burroughs

B4SI Senior Consultant

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I am passionate about working at the nexus of environmental and social challenges and developing holistic, stakeholder-led solutions for complex problems. I bring eight years of experience advancing social impact and sustainability through nonprofits and the private sector.

At B4SI, I support the global team to help companies navigate their social impact journeys and support the growth of B4SI in North America.

Client experience

My role at B4SI combines a background in nonprofit impact measurement and ESG consulting, to provide rigorous and relevant support to B4SI members. Before joining the B4SI team, I worked as a Consultant for SLR’s ESG Advisory, where I supported Fortune 100 clients across multiple sectors, including heath care, retail, agriculture, and food and beverage. My work was wide ranging and included ESG gap analyses, Dow Jones Sustainability Index submissions, climate risk analysis (TCFD), ESG report writing, human rights saliency, and benchmarking.

Background

Prior to SLR, I spent over five years in the nonprofit sector, working for a peacebuilding NGO. My program engaged fishing communities in Somalia, and I was responsible for leading our monitoring and evaluation and gender mainstreaming.

To translate this work into advancing impact with the private sector, I obtained my Master of Business Administration with a Social Impact focus from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and German Studies from Lewis and Clark College and a Project Management Professional certification.

Person I most admire

There are too many to count, but, in the social impact space, I would have to say Edgar Villanueva for his work on advancing social justice philanthropy.

Victoria Veber

Victoria Veber

B4SI Senior Client Manager

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I have been working on sustainability related roles for the last 10 years, both in-house and as a consultant, supporting organisations and clients across a number of industries, delivering commercial and social impact for private companies, industry associations, and international standards.

Background

Following my initial studies in political science and public administration, I initially focused my career in the public sector, at both local and national level in Argentina, with the aim to have a wider and more impactful reach. After stumbling into the corporate social responsibility word, I decided to shift my approach and focus on delivering value through the private sector, with specific focus on employability and inclusion in the workplace. Following my masters’ studies in Business Administration and Sustainability in the UK, I embraced the opportunity to work in the mining sector for an international standard, followed by a role as consultant, specialising in sustainability strategy, compliance, responsible sourcing and due diligence.

Client and Project Experience

I have worked with companies from various geographies, scope and sectors, in developing or rethinking their sustainability strategies, improving their management systems, strengthening their social programmes and enhancing their responsible sourcing and due diligence practices. This work required creating rapport in diverse environments at different organisational levels as well as managing and engaging internal and external stakeholders in creating and delivering a shared version of success.

Person I most admire

My parents, for their dedication, resilience and strive to make a difference everyday through their work as doctors, making every life matter. 

 

Genevieve Widger

Genevieve Widger

B4SI Client Account Manager

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Background

Prior to joining B4SI I spent over five years working in the charity sector, starting at a local education charity in east London where I was responsible for in-school programme delivery, volunteer engagement and communications. I then progressed to the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity and think tank, where I was a corporate fundraiser in the Development team.

Before entering the charity sector, I spent two years teaching English at the University of Nantes in France and also have prior work experience in Spain.

I hold a degree in languages and a research MA in French from the University of Sheffield where I submitted a thesis exploring representations of women migrants in Calais.

Client experience

I have extensive experience in developing strategic corporate partnerships with organisations from a range of sectors, including law, banking and finance and professional services. This experience at the interface between corporates and community organisations has given me a strong understanding of how to build mutually beneficial and strategic partnerships, and a deep belief in the role businesses can play in achieving positive social impact.

Person I most admire

Through my educational and professional background, I have always been struck by the inspirational role that talented teachers can play in shaping the lives of young people and the incredible patience and resilience they possess in the face of so many challenges.

We only manage what we measure. For us, using B4SI was the corner stone to evaluate objectively our investment in the community.”

Sandra Aparício. Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, GALP.