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The Boston Consulting Group

September 03, 2014 07:55 ET

BCG Receives Award for Pro Bono Work With Save the Children

Award From Consulting Magazine Recognizes Excellence in Social & Community Investment

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 3, 2014) - The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has been recognized for its pro bono work with Save the Children by Consulting magazine, the industry's leading trade publication.

BCG will receive an Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award. The firm won for its work in helping Save the Children develop a global strategy and organization for a new entity: Save the Children International (SCI). BCG has been working with SCI since 2009 to transform it from a loose confederation of 29 member organizations into a single, integrated nonprofit. SCI is one of BCG's five global social impact partners.

Joe Kornik, the magazine's publisher and editor in chief, called BCG's work with Save the Children "extraordinary" and noted that the engagement's impact has been "profound." "Your efforts not only reflect positively on your people and BCG, but they also shine a light on the entire consulting profession."

Over a five-year period, BCG helped Save the Children create a central programming body that aggregated 14,000 employees from previously independent programs. The firm redesigned processes to enhance efficiency, clarified roles and responsibilities to strengthen accountability, and facilitated key leadership meetings to align decision making.

"Programs now have a global focus on impact, underpinned by a shared vision, mission, values, and strategic direction," explained BCG senior partner Wendy Woods, global leader of the firm's Social Impact practice.

Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of SCI, said of BCG's work: "Save the Children's long-standing relationship with BCG, which dates back to the 1990s, gave us confidence globally to move forward with the organizational transformation. It is one thing to have wonderful ideas, but you need to have the capabilities to see them through."

"The impact from this change has been enormous. SCI is now a globally integrated organization that is equipped to serve the needs of the most vulnerable, hardest to reach children in the world in the most effective way possible. Due to the operations being significantly more efficient, it has allowed more money to be spent on delivering higher-quality programs to reach more children," Whitbread added.

In 2013, SCI reached more than 143 million children through its work, including more than 52 million children directly.

BCG is among 15 consultancies to receive the magazine's first annual Excellence in Social & Community Investment Award and one of seven winners in the pro bono category. The award will be formally presented on September 18 at a gala dinner at the St. Regis hotel in New York. Coverage of the honorees, their clients, and the dinner will appear in the magazine's October issue (

"This award recognizes years of hard work by more than 350 past and present BCGers," noted senior partner Mark Freedman, who led BCG's relationship with Save the Children in the first phases of the transformation. "We are honored to receive it and even more honored to have had the chance to make a difference by helping Save the Children amplify its impact."

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