The mission of the Initiative is:
Be the leading, cross-sector initiative to give guidance on how to measure social impacts of products and services, in a way that is recognised for its high quality, credibility and business viability. The purpose is to improve the lives of workers, users and local communities by better insights that enables more balanced decision making.
The Initiative has been funded by the companies. All results and deliverables are non proprietary and available under a Creative Commons licence (BY|ND). We do this as we believe methods like these will only be recognised and accepted on a wide scale if it is non-proprietary and transparent in all its aspects.
The current Handbook can be considered to be the fifth iteration since 2013. After each release of the Handbook, the companies tested it in a number of case studies. Each time this learning by doing made clear what improvement should and could be made. Until 2020 we worked in a Roundtable format with just one participation level.
As of 2021 we transit towards an initiative anyone can join by registering on our Community of Practice.