Founded in 1979, Mercy Corps is an international NGO whose mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and currently works in over 40 countries around the world, improving the lives of 19 million people.
Mercy Corps has a long and successful history of partnering with corporations on important relief and development efforts around the globe. The organization’s interest in increasing its work in shared value approaches came from the recognition that the relationships between the private, civil society, and government sectors were in the midst of a fundamental change, namely the recognition that cross-sector collaboration is one of the most effective means for bringing about sustainable social change. As a leader in bringing bold new approaches to improve the lives of people who live in many of the world’s toughest places, Mercy Corps seeks new ways to reach those who have been left behind by the global economy. Reflecting on its diverse shared value experiences in Haiti, Central America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, Mercy Corps incorporated an institutional strategy to pursue two promising opportunities: (1) financial services for the poor (often mobile-enabled), such as savings, insurance and loans; (2) “last-mile” sales and distribution of goods with a social benefit (e.g., cook stoves and solar products) through mobile networks, online resources, and new business models. Today, Mercy Corps is actively seeking new relationships with companies on shared value arrangements to create greater social impact.
Learn more and connect with MercyCorps community members:
Paul Dudley Hart, Senior Vice President
William Farrell, Vice President, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Jennifer Schmidt, Director, Corporate Partnerships
Bharat Pathak, Program Director
Andie Long, Senior Communications Officer
Kevin Hong, M&E Advisor
Ted Volchok, Economic Development Advisor