The project was one of Mondi’s responses to a 2005 Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT) finding that recognized orphan care as a serious issue in Mondi’s local operations.
Mondi aims to develop a simple, fit-for-purpose, robust and scalable framework and methodology that will measure the impact and value that Mondi’s community investments and activities have on beneficiary communities and the business. As the Isibindi project has a broad and comprehensive focus involving health, education, infrastructure and employment support (directly or indirectly), Mondi chose it as a pilot project for this framework.
A range of business value drivers lie behind Mondi’s decision to measure the impacts of its community activities:
Given that the aim of the project was to identify group-level KPIs, integrating the process and results of the assessment into the business was part of the process from inception. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a broadly recognized common language and aligning local KPIs to the SDGs offers an efficient communication channel for group-level and external communication. Mondi also understands the importance of setting up the right structure internally through country liaisons and the appropriate level of capacity building to allow continuous assessment once the consultants are gone.
The next step for Mondi is to roll out the social impact assessment framework to other projects in other countries and to validate its applicability across locations.
The main finding of the Isibindi Social Impact Measurement Assessment is that Mondi and its partners are creating lasting improvements in the quality of life for the main beneficiaries of the project, namely orphans, their families and child and youth care workers.
The exercise has proven very valuable for Mondi at different levels:
The data helps to track progress and maximize the positive impact that the project can have on the children and on their lives.