What is social impact?


January 15, 2024

For companies, no matter its size or purposes, the concept of “social impact” has become a central topic. From nonprofits that strive to address social issues and businesses that seek to create sustainable practices, the desire for a positive impact has become the driving force behind companies efforts.

Why? Because the social impact of a company is the catalyst of change. It regards the tangible difference made in the lives of individuals, communities and society at large through the efforts and strategic initiatives of impact-driven businesses. These can create positive social change, address crucial issues, foster sustainable development, along with other beneficial effects. Also, it can inspire  other enterprises  to join the mission and collectively shape a better future.

In that sense, it is imperative that businesses focus on making positive changes and improving the overall well-being of communities while achieving their organizational goals. There has to be a focus on the short- and long-term results of their products and programs while improving operational efficiency.

Social impact and its measurement

Also, it’s important to take into account that, given that social impact refers to a tangible outcome, there is a difference between an impact and the outcome of a business action. Outcomes are the immediate results of an action, while impact relates to broader, long-term effects that extend beyond the initial intervention.

Distinguishing impact and outcomes is crucial for an effective measurement. 

How to maximize social impact?

After measuring the social impact, maximizing it is the next step. This requires a strategic approach that includes collaboration, innovation and a commitment to continuous improvement. Forging partnerships with like-minded entities, sharing knowledge and resources to collectively address complex problems are a set of actions that organizations can take for it. 

In that regard, innovation plays a key role in improving impact. New technologies, methodologies and data-driven approaches can lead to more effective interventions and scalable solutions.


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We start 2024 with a new series of “round tables”!

On this occasion we invite you to a debate about social impact.

At Cliclab, we want to deepen and debate the importance of our activities, and how we transform ideas, projects, companies around the impact they generate on society. We will also talk about the sustainability of that impact through the environment, the economy, and the social sphere.

Likewise, we want to promote connections between sectors, origins, jobs, etc. Therefore, the round table will be followed by a networking cocktail.

The event will take place on February 8 at 6:30 p.m. at our headquarters
(Carrer Llibertat, 11).