By increasing visibility and understanding ​of the fourth sector, we can enable and harness it to upgrade our economic system.



Below are "lighthouse initiatives" — efforts by partners and allies that are accelerating the growth and visibility of the fourth sector and/or its supportive ecosystem.  By increasing the visibility and understanding of this burgeoning new sector, we can scale it to help build a better economy after COVID-19.


To support one of these efforts, or start your own, please contact us!

  • OurCity


    Secondary cities as change agents for wellbeing and education

  • Fourth Sector Mapping Initiative (FSMI)

    Fourth Sector Mapping Initiative (FSMI)

    To meet the global demand for better data on the fourth sector and a more rigorous understanding of for-benefit organizations, The Fourth Sector Group, in partnership with the Urban Institute, The B Team, and a 180+ member Council of experts are undertaking the Fourth Sector Mapping Initiative. The project was launched with seed funding from a competition held at the Growing the Impact Economy summit at Harvard University in 2013. The Urban Institute is leveraging its experience with the development of the National Center on Charitable Statistics, a comprehensive repository of data on the third sector in the U.S., and The B Team is leading the development and deployment of a global outreach campaign to collect data on the fourth sector.

  • Fourth Sector 2030

    Fourth Sector 2030

    The Fourth Sector 2030 (FS 2030) initiative is a global, multi-stakeholder effort to drive achievement of the Global Goals for sustainable development. FS 2030 aims to accelerate the development of an enabling ecosystem for purpose-driven, for-benefit businesses — the emerging fourth sector of the economy.

  • The Fourth Sector in Ibero-America Project

    The Fourth Sector in Ibero-America Project

    The Fourth Sector in Ibero-America Project is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), that seeks to facilitate the creation of a more prosperous, socially fair and environmentally sustainable economy in the 22 countries of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, by advancing the development of a new ecosystem for benefit-driven enterprises.

  • Buy For-Benefit Coalition

    Buy For-Benefit Coalition

    A trillion-dollar movement to transform global value chains and advance an economy that benefits all stakeholders

    The Fourth Sector Group and SYSTEMIQ, working in partnership with the World Economic Forum, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and CARE, and with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), are delighted to announce the launch of the Buy For-Benefit Coalition at the World Economic Forum 2020 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

  • The Fourth Sector Development Initiative

    The Fourth Sector Development Initiative

    The Fourth Sector Development Initiative (FSDI) is a collaboration of public, private, and philanthropic institutions committed to accelerating sustainable, inclusive development by catalysing trillions of dollars of fourth sector growth globally by 2030.

  • Leaders On Purpose: The CEO Summit

    Leaders On Purpose: The CEO Summit

    THE CEO SUMMIT 2020:

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Help the post-COVID-19 economy grow through the rise of the fourth sector.

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A collective global effort driven by leaders in policy, business, investing, academia, social innovation, and civil society who have come together to harness the growing fourth sector of the economy as pathway for social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Building back a better economy is an effort that requires massive collaboration — there is a role for everyone across every sector. To get involved, or if you have any questions, please contact us!