Senior Fellow & Lecturer
Mark R. Kramer


Universities & Institutions

  • Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Harvard Business School

Areas of Interest

  • Strategies for social impact
  • Shared value creation
  • Collective impact
  • Catalytic philanthropy
  • Social entrepreneurship

Mark Kramer is a leading researcher, writer, speaker and consultant on strategies for social impact.  He is best known as the co-author of seminal articles on Creating Shared Value, Collective Impact, and Catalytic Philanthropy.

Together with Professor Michael Porter, Mark co-founded FSG, a 160-person global consulting firm with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.  FSG helps develop social impact strategies for many of the world’s largest foundations, corporations and nonprofit organizations.  FSG also operates and supports two communities of practice: the Shared Value Initiative and the Collective Impact Forum. Mark now serves as an advisor to FSG. Porter and Kramer also co-founded the Center for Effective Philanthropy, a 30-person nonprofit dedicated to improving foundation performance.

In addition, Mark serves as a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a (Visiting) Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has served on the jury of the annual Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award and the planning committee for the Clinton Global Initiative, and is a member of the Aspen Philanthropy Group and the Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Advisory Board.

Prior to founding FSG, Mark served as President of the private equity firm Kramer Capital Management, and as an Associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, The Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

See a selection of work by this Author

Where ESG Fails

Details Year: 2019 Published in: Institutional Investor Cited as: n/a Subject Social Impact, Alpha, ESG, Sustainability Abstract Despite countless studies, there has never been conclusive evidence that socially responsible screens deliver alpha. A better model exists, argue Harvard Business School luminaries Michael Porter, George Serafeim, and Mark Kramer. Where ESG Fails 1 file(s) 894.44 KB Download