Why focus on CCI?

Corporate Community Investment (CCI)

Corporate community investment is a businesses’ voluntary engagement
with charitable organisations or activities that extends beyond their core
business activities.

How we calculate CCI?

Our Framework is compliant with global best-practice frameworks
including the LBG Framework* for corporate community investment.

Cash Contributions

A cash contribution is the gross monetary amount a company pays in support of a community organisation/project, and can include:

Time Contribution

A time contribution is the cost to the company of the paid working hours contributed by employees to a community organisation or activity.

In-Kind Contribution

Companies can also commit other non-cash resources to community activities. These in-kind contributions can include donations of the company’s product or services or other corporate resources such as IT equipment, used furniture, meeting rooms or other space. All in-kind contributions must be valued at what it has cost the company to make.

Management Costs

Companies can report costs incurred in making its contributions. These will include the salaries, benefits and other overheads of community affairs staff along with research/communications spend if used to help the community engage with the company.

Not Included

Leverage is money that is raised by a company from employees, customers, etc.  This money is not a cost to the company, and therefore is not counted as community

Forgone Revenue

When companies calculate the cost of their investment, they must calculate the direct cost to the organisation, not how much they would have made if they had charged the full
value – which is known as forgone revenue. This number is too subjective and can distort community investment figures.

*For more information about LBG framework, go to www.lbg-online.org.

Our Methodology

We apply a rigorous method for ensuring that we have a valid and
complete set of data to formulate the Index.

  • We rank all companies within an industry – this is not an opt-in model.
  • Most companies make CCI information available. We seek validation from all companies
    that CCI information is consistent with our framework.
  • When we are unsure, we don’t include data. Companies that are not transparent with
    their information receive a 0 in any categories which cannot be verified as consistent with
    our framework.
  • We check all data against industry standards and third-party data sources where available.
  • First we collect…

    Public Company Data

    • Annual Reports
    • Sustainability Reports
    • ESG Reports

  • Next we make…

    Direct Contact with Companies

    • Check discrepancies
    • Get Clarification
    • Validate data where possible

  • Finally we check against…

    Third Party Data

    • LBG
    • CSR Hub
    • Strive Philanthropy

How do we create the index?


    Giving ratio
    Social Footprint

    Divide how much companies GIVE (i.e., corporate community investment) by how much they MAKE (i.e., their revenue)

    Divide the giving ratio of each company by the best performing company in their industry


    So you can compare companies based on how much they give relative to their size

    So you can directly compare companies in each industry

How and why do we measure transparency?


The Transparency Score is a grade given to each company based on how transparent they are with reporting their CCI data to the Social Footprint Index. The more transparent the organisation, the greater the confidence we have in their data.

We do this because transparency is important, and we want to incentive corporations to be more transparent with their data.


We have implemented a scoring system to reflect the amount of information that companies make available for scrutiny. The more transparent a company is with their data, the better their rating.

  • F

    • No Data is reported publicly
    that can be verified

    • Company is unresponsive
    to requests for data

  • D

    • Some data is reported, but
    cannot be mapped to the

    • Company unable or
    unwilling to provide data
    that is compliant with

  • C

    • Data is reported only in
    aggregate form, not by
    community investment
    category (E.g., cash, time
    contribution, etc.)

    • Company is responsive to

  • B

    • Data is reported at the level
    of community investment
    categories (E.g., cash, time
    contribution, etc.)

    • Company is responsive to

  • A

    • Data is reported at the
    level, where each donation/
    contribution is accounted
    for at level of the activity.

    • Company is responsive to

What about other Socially Responsible Practices?

Where data is available, SFI provides ratings on corporations responsible actions towards employee practices, the environment and human rights.

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    Human Rights &
    Supply Chain Practices
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These scores are calculated based on ratings provided by CSR Hub, the largest aggregator of Corporate Social Responsibility practices in the world.


What do our practice categories cover and
how are they scored?

  • Environment

    Environment category data “covers a company’s interactions with the environment at large, including use of natural resources, and a company’s impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. The category evaluates corporate environmental performance, compliance with environmental regulations, mitigation of environmental footprint, leadership in addressing climate change through appropriate policies and strategies, energy-efficient operations, and the development of renewable energy and other alternative environmental technologies, disclosure of sources of environmental risk and liability and actions to minimize exposure to future risk, implementation of natural resource conservation and efficiency programs, pollution prevention programs, demonstration of a strategy toward sustainable development, integration of environmental sustainability and responsiveness with management and the board, and programs to measure and engage stakeholders for environmental improvement.”

  • Human Rights & Supply Chain

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  • Employees

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A Small Switch, For A Large Contribution

In a competitive market where price, service and product are comparable, it makes
sense that social responsibility becomes a defining factor for choice of provider.