Social Impact Working Group


The Working Group leverages a variety of expertise to highlight the vast potential of Blockchain and other DLTs. The tools they offer can be utilized to tackle some of today’s most pressing issues, including climate change, modern slavery, poverty, inequality, food waste, fraud, corruption, and other areas addressed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Objectives for 2020

The Working Group co-chairs have agreed on three main objectives:

First, the Working Group will finalise the exploration and analysis of current use cases and support them to scale.

Second, the Working Group aims at developing guidelines and frameworks that will feed into impact measurement practices.

Third, the Working Group will provide support to bridge the gap between blockchain projects with impact and capital (i.e. VC, social investors, institutions …).

Outputs for 2020

The Working Group engages in a number of activities aimed at achieving the abovementioned objectives. Among others, the WG will: produce a report on the Blockchain for Good ecosystem; organize roundtables involving technologists, social innovators, regulators; work on guidelines around impact measurement and SDGs framework; develop other deliverables in collaboration with vertical Working Groups.

Why is it essential?

- 87% of millennials believe business success should be based on more than just profit – Deloitte Millennial Survey 2019
- 80% of global consumers agree that business must play a role in addressing societal issues –Edelman Trust Barometer 2016
- 75% agree that a company can take specific action that both increase profits and improve the economic and social conditions in the community in which it operates – Edelman Trust Barometer 2017
- 33% of consumers are now choosing to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good – Unilever international study 2016
- 64% won’t take a job from a company that doesn’t have strong CSR practices – 2016 Cone Millennial Engagement study
- 75% say they would take a pay cut to work for a responsible company (vs. 55% U.S. average) – 2016 Cone Millennial Engagement study

These statistics substantiate that social impact is getting more and more important and is shaping our behaviours and business perceptions.
However, the social impact market is suffering from several issues:

- Lack of consolidated frameworks to measure contributions globally of projects to social impact.
- Lack of tools for funds traceability and impact transparency.
- Lack of financial resources & support, especially to developing countries.
- Need to incentivise/inspire projects or individuals to contribute to social good.
- Need to tackle Modern Slavery, Conflict Mineral trade, Human Rights Violations present in global supply chains, and incentivize ethical and responsible supply chain practice.
- Lack of coordination of the existing programs.

Many of these issues can be solved (partially) with blockchain as it may bring a greater transparency and traceability of impact investments (funding, charity…) and impact measurement (proof of impact). It can also play an important role in incentivizing people to contribute to social good as well as organisations – through responsible, ethical, and transparent sourcing practices that can be verified back to the origin.

This Working Group is essential to support the initiatives using blockchain for social impact and sustainability, build guidelines for impact measurement, and help matching project owners with investors.
The SI&S WG will also be, in collaboration with the Climate Action WG, the bridge and the link between all the other vertical working group and the social impact and sustainability issues.


Jörg Walden


Khalid Belghiti