Companies around the world engage in community investment (CI) efforts as a way to promote local development and benefit stakeholders in their areas of operations. For the private sector, effective community investment programs can help companies gain a social license to operate, access land, reduce project and reputational risks, boost productivity, meet government requirements or global standards, and/or successfully compete for the next venture.
The aim of this handbook is to help IFC client companies and the wider private sector operating in emerging markets to think strategically about how they can support community investment programs that are successful, sustainable, and consistent with their business objectives. The Handbook is meant for use by anyone who is interested in developing a company-supported community investment program or improving the performance of an existing one.
The content of the Handbook is organized around seven key areas comprising a comprehensive strategic planning framework for community investment. To help users with practical application, the Handbook is also supplemented by additional tools and information which are included in the Tools section or listed under Useful References.
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This Quick Guide is intended as a summary document, providing the key highlights and messages from IFC's Good Practice Handbook on Strategic Community Investment. It is helpful for users who would like to understand the key concepts of a strategic approach to community investment, what the planning process entails, and the implications for business managers. Users wanting a more in-depth level of guidance and further project examples should refer to the Handbook.