The CSI report, entitled The Social Footprint – Proof of Concept, marks the completion of the first phase in a three-year project to fully develop the method. The report includes an introduction to the Social Footprint, the theory behind it, and a sample illustration of its use as applied to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In the CSI report, Wal-Mart’s global Social Footprint is calculated based on the company’s contributions towards achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, one of many different analyses possible under the method. Free downloadable copies of the report can be found on CSI’s home page at

The Social Footprint is being jointly developed by the Center for Sustainable Innovation and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.