Governance

Business for Societal Impact (B4SI) is a network of companies committed to measuring and maximising their social impact in line with B4SI’s industry-leading Social Impact Frameworks.

From its very origins, B4SI has always been led by the needs and interests of businesses. In return, businesses in our network agree to adhere to a Charter that underpins our values.

Regional Steering Groups

A Steering Group in each region is trusted to identify material issues, guide discussion and development, and provide a steer on operational and strategic thinking related to the Frameworks on behalf of the entire B4SI network.

The Steering Group is comprised of approximately 8-15 companies in each region and represents a variety of industries and sectors within the network. Membership of Steering Groups is open to all B4SI companies and Steering Group members serve for a fixed term of office, normally two years.

The function of the Steering Group, with the support of Corporate Citizenship as facilitators and coordinators of B4SI, is to:

 

  • Act on behalf of the entire network to maintain and enhance quality in applying the B4SI Frameworks
  • Ensure that the B4SI offering maximises value for network companies
  • Input into the external communications strategy for B4SI
  • Ensure that member services, including events and the website, are meeting the needs of members
  • Hold preparatory discussions and provide guidance on issues to be decided at plenary meetings
  • Provide a steer on operational and strategic matters that do not need full plenary group consideration, such as initiating new areas of work.

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Current Steering Group Members

Meet the Team 

Clodagh Connolly

Clodagh Connolly

Global B4SI Director

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Clodagh has designed and implemented the change programme for LBG globally and manages the LBG Network of companies providing strategic direction and operational overview. LBG 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.

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.

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.

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

Director

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Simon is a specialist in the measurement and benchmarking of corporate community investments and impact assessment using the LBG 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 LBG 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 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.

Joyce Achampong

Joyce Achampong

B4SI EMEA Lead

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Areas of Expertise:
I have over 15 years’ experience working internationally in development and higher education as well as senior leadership roles. I have led the design, development and delivery of multi-dimensional cross-functional solutions to clients; bringing together strategy and project delivery as well as stakeholder engagement. I come to this role with a wealth of experience in data analysis, framework design, strategy, communications, early career researchers, monitoring, evaluation, assessments, learning and programme design and delivery.

Background:
My background in external engagement for membership and association bodies has provided me opportunity to work with many organisations to foster international and global cooperation by working in partnership with influential stakeholders. My research and data analysis background has allowed me the opportunity to creating and use a variety of methodologies, quantitative and qualitative research approaches, policy reviews and recommendations as well as programme management and delivery. I have spent the last few years delivering project management in addition to measuring and monitoring impact across a range of global project interventions as well as designing leadership and organisational development programmes. Having worked in large and complex project management roles across multiple geographies has given me the ability to influence and lead a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels. My senior leadership experience in not-for-profit organisations includes my leadership of strategic international campaigns and supportive programming.

Client and Project Experience:
Through my work as an international consultant for the last six years I have partnered with international funders (World Bank, British Council, MasterCard Foundation) and higher education institutions to design and deliver various development projects intended to have grassroots level impact on capacity building, socio-economic impact, educational development, entrepreneurship and leadership.  Additionally, I have experience in working with bilateral and multilateral organisations such as FCDO, AusAID, Africa Research Excellence Fund as well as with networks such as the Global Development Network, Australian Africa Universities Network and African Universities Research Alliance.

Person I most admire:
Those who fight the good fight in the face of adversity.

Alisha Lewis

Alisha Lewis

Project Consultant

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I work at Corporate Citizenship as a Sustainability Researcher to undertake research on company performance and assist with client benchmarking and sustainability reporting. I also work with the B4SI Network to assess client community investment and deliver business benefit through positive social impact.

Background:
Prior to joining Corporate Citizenship, I completed my Master’s in Environment and Sustainability at Monash University, Melbourne after which I worked at several local government organisations to deliver environmental behaviour change programs within the community. As a Sustainability Officer, I developed key recycling agendas that supported residents with the shift to more efficient resource recovery. With my knowledge in community socio-environmental behaviour, I look forward to understanding corporate social responsibility and implementing sustainable business practices on a global scale.

Client and Project Experience:
At Corporate Citizenship, I work with a range of clients across different sectors to assist with social impact reporting.

Person I most admire:
Two women come to mind: Astrophysicist Janna Levin for breaking stereotypes and explaining complexities with simplicity and Lauren Singer for living a zero waste life.

Andres Schottlaender

Andres Schottlaender

B4SI Client Account Manager

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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.

Diana Paolone

Diana Paolone

Senior Researcher, B4SI Network Coordinator

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I am a researcher and network coordinator, committed to enhancing opportunities for young women to succeed through innovative networks consisting of businesses, practitioners and others who invest in their communities through social and environmental initiatives. My expertise lies in developing and coordinating global networks, gender focused research on financial education and micro-businesses in the Global South, and designing safeguarding policy for education institutions and businesses. My international work includes coaching micro female-led businesses in Tanzania and developing gender-inclusive policy for government and educational institutions in Zanzibar.

Background:
Prior to joining CC, I worked in the NGO sector developing and coordinating a variety of global networks, some of which include, NEXUS, a network of global network leaders and a young female Entrepreneurial network (in conjunction with government and local businesses) across Tanzania. My experience is underscored by my education. I hold an MA in Education, Gender, and International Development from UCL where I completed my dissertation in partnership with iNGO, Asante Africa Foundation.

Person I most admire:
Maya Angelou – She was brave and ahead of her time, writing deeply personal traumatic stories through the lens of intersectionality, a concept not properly defined until the late 80s. Her influential narrative voice of American civil rights continues to inspire movements for equal rights around the world.

Rayan Chahin

Rayan Chahin

Senior Researcher, London

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Background:
Prior to joining Corporate Citizenship, 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.

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.

Kevin Fay

Kevin Fay

B4SI Client Account Manager

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Areas of Expertise
Social Innovation and social entrepreneurship, policy design planning and implementation, urban planning, impact investing. My background is in social innovation and public policy. I have a BA in Political Science.

I started my career as a frontline worker in education and homelessness, moving later to a strategic role at Buenos Aires city Government, where I participated in social policy planning and building a 10 year city vision along with Copenhagen based firm Gehl Architects. In the UK, I’ve been involved in the social innovation sector through the Year Here Fellowship through which I founded the social enterprises Home(less) Made and Spedal, both supporting people experiencing homelessness. I have complemented this with learnings in impact investing markets and venture incubation that led to implementing an innovative peer selected approach to funding for Year Here ventures.

Person I most admire:
I admire frontline workers in charities and local organisations that commit their lives to serving people in the most challenging circumstances

I really value the peer network, and love the annual conference for inspiration and ideas. I take a huge amount from the sessions and appreciate the chance to talk openly with others working in the same space.”

Sarah D’arcy, Sustainability Team Manager, Anglican Water Services Limited