How can we measure and value social capital for business decision-making and reporting?
Social capital refers to relationships between individuals or groups and the resulting ability to secure or obtain resources, knowledge and information. Despite the importance given to relationships in business leadership and management, it is remarkable how little explicit, structured attention is often given to assessing and improving them. We define social capital and provide an overview of its business benefits, and we also outline measures and tools that can be used to assess the key dimensions of social capital.

For more information on the project or reports, please contact Kristy Faccer, kfaccer@nbs.net


Measuring and Valuing Social Capital

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Download(s): Executive Report

Recently, the value of relationships has been foregrounded in the integrated reporting movement.  The guidance provided by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) suggests that… Read More

Measuring and Valuing Social Capital

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Download(s): Systematic Review

This report provides research-based guidance on the definition, measurement, and value that social capital provides to individuals, businesses, and communities.

The Theory of Creativity

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Research suggests political correctness positively affects workplace creativity by sharpening an individual’s contribution to a group.

How Insertech Sets High Standards for Social Enterprises

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Even motivated individuals can find themselves down on their luck. Perhaps they immigrated to a new community in which their skillset doesn’t match the labour… Read More

Better Late! Than Never

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Late! operates just like any other business; the difference is that all profits are devoted entirely to social projects.

Pay It Forward

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With Lumni, investors participate in professional and academic advancement students. The goal is to reduce the student’s risk while attracting investors.

Good is the New Black

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Animaná connects those at the start of the value chain—artisans, weavers, small-scale farmers—to those to those at the end—designers, companies, consumers.

Primer: Measuring and Valuing Social Capital

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Download(s): Primer

In business as in life, relationships matter. The integrated reporting movement emphasizes the importance of such “social capital,” urging companies to report on it. This… Read More


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