Center of Excellence

IAOP Centers of Excellence are dedicated to industry advancement, collaboration and education by concentrating expertise and resources around key areas that our community members are investing in and are critical to attaining and sustaining world-class performance and value.

Center for Social Impact



Our vision is one of collaborative innovation, where the power of partnership and collective effort serves as a catalyst for meaningful change. We champion inclusive growth, ensuring that our Impact Sourcing initiatives lead to equitable development and accessible opportunities for all, particularly marginalized communities. Operating with integrity, transparency, and a steadfast commitment to sustainability, we strive to empower individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate a dynamic global landscape. Our ultimate goal is to make a tangible difference in communities and businesses alike, fostering a sustainable and inclusive business ecosystem where collaboration catalyzes success and positive change.

Purpose: To create a dynamic and inclusive platform for professionals engaged in various collaborative business models, with a focus on advancing the practice of Impact Sourcing. Our aim is to foster a culture of collaborative innovation where doing well aligns seamlessly with generating positive community impacts.


  • To position Impact Sourcing as a pivotal business model for modern enterprises, driving both commercial success and community development.
  • To illuminate the dual value of Impact Sourcing in the business landscape, emphasizing its role in creating opportunities and fostering growth.
  • To provide a rich repository of insights, tools, and strategies for organizations to integrate Impact Sourcing into their core operations.
  • To cultivate a vibrant network of companies and professionals, facilitating partnerships and collaborative endeavors in the realm of Impact Sourcing.


  • Collaborative Innovation: We believe in the power of partnership and collective effort to drive meaningful change. Our approach is rooted in fostering creative collaborations that bridge sectors and geographies.
  • Inclusive Growth: At the heart of our work is the commitment to creating opportunities that are accessible to all, particularly marginalized communities. We strive to ensure that our impact sourcing initiatives lead to equitable development.
  • Integrity and Transparency: We operate with the highest standards of integrity and openness. Our actions and decisions are made with a commitment to honesty and accountability.
  • Sustainable Practices: Sustainability is a key consideration in all our endeavors. We advocate for and implement practices that are environmentally responsible and socially beneficial.
  • Empowerment through Knowledge: We are dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed. Education and capacity building are central to our mission.
  • Adaptive Resilience: Recognizing the dynamic nature of the global business landscape, we value the ability to adapt and evolve. We embrace change and encourage innovative thinking to navigate new challenges.
  • Impact-Driven: Our ultimate goal is to make a positive impact. Every initiative and partnership is assessed through the lens of its potential to make a tangible difference in communities and businesses.

Vision: Our vision is to be the cornerstone for transformative business practices, where our members are equipped with the knowledge and connections to implement impactful sourcing strategies. We envision a community where collaboration catalyzes success and positive change, fostering a sustainable and inclusive business ecosystem.

Scope and Framework:  Knowledge resources will be categorized and mapped to a visual framework covering the broad lifecycle categories and underlying ontologies of knowledge within each of these domains that collectively will contribute to the delivery of the COE’s mission. Examples include Strategy, Implementation, Business Case Analysis, Case Studies, Toolkits, Strategic Alliances, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity.

  • Our resources and knowledge base are meticulously organized into an intuitive framework, encompassing a comprehensive lifecycle of Impact Sourcing.
  • The framework includes but is not limited to Strategy Development, Execution Modalities, Economic Inclusion, Partnership Cultivation, and Success Metrics.
  • We provide an array of resources such as Practical Toolkits, Case Studies, Strategic Alliance Guides, and Implementation Blueprints, each designed to empower organizations at different stages of their Impact Sourcing journey.
  • Our platform is committed to facilitating connections and dialogues among a diverse range of stakeholders, including businesses, communities, and thought leaders, fostering an environment of shared learning and cooperative growth.

As we embark on this journey together, let us embrace the transformative potential of collaboration and collective action. Through shared learning, cooperative growth, and a steadfast commitment to Impact Sourcing, we have the power to shape a brighter, more inclusive future for generations to come. Join us at the IAOP's Center for Social Impact, where together, we can turn vision into reality and make a lasting impact on communities around the world.

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