About Bain

Social Impact

Social Impact

Our mission is to drive transformative social impact by applying Bain talent in partnership with the most innovative and effective organizations, addressing some of the world's most pressing issues.

Social Impact

We partner with organizations that have pioneered and scaled models of change that demonstrably work, but which often lack access to the type of strategic consulting that Bain can provide to help them reach full potential.

This is why our 10-year commitment to invest $1 billion in pro bono consulting work is so important.

Our 2021 Impact Report

We help leading social pioneers scale and amplify their impact.

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Ending plastics in the environment with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Ending plastics in the environment with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Bain supported the formation of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a coalition of 40+ global companies in the plastics supply chain that have pledged $1.5B over five years to eliminate plastic waste in the environment.

The shared journey ahead

As an employer, as a business and as a member of our global community, we’re challenging ourselves to build a more equitable, sustainable future for all.

Reach Further

Our Focus Areas

Our Focus Areas

Our pro bono work brings Bain’s talent, expertise and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial and social equity, economic development and the environment. To tackle these issues, we have organized around four key areas.


We work with innovative education nonprofits and school systems to create better opportunities for underserved students to lead choice-filled lives. Learn about how we help clients in the education sector.

Economic Development

Our economic development work leverages the power of markets and business enterprise models to create jobs, fuel income growth and improve the quality of life for the world's poor. Learn about our economic development work.


We work with environmental NGOs to strengthen their conservation efforts, and with corporate clients to embed sustainability and reduce environmental impact. We are proud to lead the industry on environmentally responsible practices as a Certified 100% CarbonNeutral Company®. Learn about our Environmental Sustainability.

Racial and Social Equity

We have recently announced our renewed and strengthened commitment to advancing racial equality and social justice in our communities. Additional details will be available soon.



We partner with a range of organizations that are creating meaningful change in our communities. Here's a look at some of them.

Our Enduring Clients Include

Our Enduring Clients Include


Bain has partnered with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) since 2010 to increase the number of its low-income students graduating from college and more than double the number of students served.


We have partnered extensively with Acumen since 2012—from strategy and operating model design, to sector-mapping and investee pipeline development. 


Bain teams have helped shape Endeavor's global strategy and the expansion of its repeatable model to roughly 30 countries around the world.


Bain teams have worked with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to develop and operationalize a sustainable fundraising strategy and operating model, which will nearly triple current private-sector funding to $1 billion.

We are working with The Nature Conservancy to address critical environmental issues around the globe, from sustainable forestry in North America to tuna scarcity in Micronesia.

Denver Public Schools

Bain has worked with Denver Public Schools, a leader in American education reform, across several of its strategic priorities, including distributed leadership and career-connected learning.

Belonging, Support, and Trust: Racial Equity at Work

Real progress toward racial equity depends not only on hiring Black employees, but also on making sure they stay and thrive.

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Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Social & Public Sectors

Social & Public Sector

We help tackle some of the world's toughest social issues by partnering with the most effective and change-oriented nonprofit organizations and government entities.

Explore our Social & Public Sector work


Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility

In addition to our work with nonprofits, we help clients accelerate their core business strategies while addressing social, environmental and economic fairness considerations.

Explore our Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility work

People in Action

People in Action

Bainies across the globe give their time and talent to make a difference. These are a few of the ways our people take action.

Bainies can rally around issues they are passionate about by joining one of our global affiliation groups.

The Global Development Network (GDEV) is a grassroots network that connects and mobilizes hundreds of Bainies who share a passion for global development. The network holds knowledge-building events and offers opportunities for Bainies to support developing-market social enterprises.

Bain’s Green Teams leverage office-level “green communities”—Bainies who are passionate about reducing our environmental impact—to champion sustainability strategies. These employee-led teams identify and implement environmentally sustainable practices in their local offices and share best practices globally.

Bain is proud to share that we have led the industry as a 100% CarbonNeutral Company since 2012, offsetting all emissions, including client travel.

Another opportunity for Bainies to make a difference is through nonprofit casework. Through these "Extra 10%" projects, volunteer teams provide consulting advice to nonprofits and social enterprises.

We have led hundreds of Extra 10% cases over the past few years, providing unique professional development opportunities while positively impacting local communities.

Social impact externships provide our people with deep, hands-on experience working for a wide variety of NGOs, social enterprises and public sector organizations around the world.

We provide opportunities to work with our key partner organizations, such as Acumen, Endeavor, Ethiopian Agribusiness Accelerator Platform and KIPP. Externs can also work with alternative organizations based on the causes they are personally passionate about. Our externs support critical strategic projects and drive meaningful results—this past year we received a 100% Net Promoter Score from our extern partner organizations.

We embrace a grassroots tradition of fostering entrepreneurial community service, encouraging employees to rally for the causes they care most about.

Bain offers several opportunities to volunteer with our community partners, including office-wide Community Impact Days, which are hosted by most offices around the globe.

In 2017, two-thirds of all Bainies were involved in some form of social impact initiative across the globe, contributing over 30,000 hours of volunteer service and raising $1.5 million for local nonprofits—in addition to the countless hours and millions of dollars invested through our pro bono casework.

Bold Steps for Climate Change

The firm announced an aggressive set of goals to help curb global warming by 1.5°C, in line with its commitment to the Science-Based Targets Initiative.

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