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Recognizing social impact: Roger Kaufman Awards 2017

October 10, 2017


Since 2014, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), based on Washington DC, has instituted the Roger Kaufman Award to recognize organizations, projects and individuals for outstanding and measurable contributions to societal impact.


This year the Awards are open to candidates in three categories: 


For Profit: 2017 Award went to Whole Foods/ Whole Planet

Government Nonprofit: 2017 Award went to US Coast guard

Social startup: 2017 Award went to TOMS shoes.


This year candidates include Barrio 31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Colon City, Panama. Candidacies are open and you are invited to submit your candidates before November 15 using this link.


About Roger Kaufman


Roger Kaufman,PhD,. CPT, professor Emeritus of Florida State University and Reseach Professor at the Performance Improvement Institute, first PhD and MBI program on societal performance improvement and social business incubation, is one of the foremost experts on strategic planning and thinking and one of the pioneers in introducing the concept of social impact and responsibility as an integral part of business and organizational sustainability.



The core of Roger Kaufman's concept of social impact is the imperative on including in all planning three levels of results:​

  • Micro: the goods and services that organizations or teams deliver

  • Macro: the benefits that those Micro results bring to the organization to be sustainable and thrive (revenue, profits, market share, brand value, reputation)

  • Mega: the impact (positive or negative) that those Micro and Macro results bring to all stakeholders: customers (direct and indirect), shareholders, employees, communities, our shared, global world and future generations. -our children and grandchildren)

According to Kaufman, all elements of each organization (results, processes and resources) must be aligned to the three levels of results.

Societal impact can be measured using a double bottom line business case (Bernardez, 2009) and measuring both conventional and social returns on investment (ROI)



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