Social impact

Case studies
Pro bono

Each year, Bain London runs a number of pro bono consulting projects, working with organisations on projects that deliver results for the community.

Most recently, we have worked with our long-standing partner, the Private Equity Foundation, to develop a strategy for the London launch of its most recent investment, City Year. Launched in 2010, the scheme allows young people, known as "corps members", to spend 10 months working in schools as tutors, mentors and role models, leading in-school and after-school programmes and community projects.

Fundraising

Fund-raising is a core part of the Bain Social Impact programme in London. We run, for example, a give-as-you-earn effort, the Bain Social Impact fund, which has won the Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark Award.

Eighteen per cent of the office has signed up to give monthly, and we have donated more than £50,000 to 14 charities through regular funding rounds and emergency appeals. The charities and projects we support vary greatly, but are proposed by people within the office with which they have a particular connection. Examples include:

  • Building a primary school classroom in Mozambique (Vila Maninga)
  • Setting up a sewing cooperative in Uganda (Soft Power Education)
  • Saving penguins from the effects of climate change (ZSL London Zoo, Penguin Futures Project)
  • Housing and educating two orphaned girls in Kenya (One Home Many Hopes)
  • Bringing sexual advisory road shows to areas with poor sexual health in the UK (Brook)

More about Bain's fundraising initiatives

"The Bain Cares Fund provides an efficient way for employees to support high impact charity projects, especially where there is a personal connection to the cause."


- Ben Dimson, Founder, Bain Cares Fund
Externships

Many consultants from the London office choose to take advantage of the opportunity to complete a six-month externship at a nonprofit organisation, such as The Clinton Foundation, Bridgespan, the Carbon Trust and Technoserve. These externships provide an opportunity for consulting staff to use the skills they have developed at Bain to help a charitable organisation, whilst gaining experiences and learning new skills they can bring back to Bain.

luba_thumbRead about Luba’s externship experience at The Network Challenge. The Challenge Network tackles social segregation in the UK and works on a local level to connect people across all walks of life.

Volunteering

Our commitment to the community goes beyond the purely financial. In London, we run a series of office-wide community impact days in which all of us spend the day volunteering for a variety of projects that serve our local community. Over the years, London Bainies have participated in a huge variety of activities, as part of our annual Bain Community Impact Day, including painting hostels and community centres, planting trees at local City Farms, cleaning out part of the River Thames as well as providing career coaching to children in underprivileged schools.

Individuals have also pursued their own initiatives to benefit the community:

"I organised a winter coat drive, in conjunction with Connection at St. Martin's, which assists the homeless. For two weeks, Bainies were encouraged to bring in their old or unused winter coats which we then donated."

- Ben, Associate Consultant

"The charity was immensely grateful and reported to us that many of the people they serve will be better equipped to stay warm and look the part when heading to more formal meetings, job interviews, etc. It was very successful and we plan to continue the effort."

- Brett, Senior Associate Consultant

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