How to Write Mission, Vision, and Values Statements - 100 Examples to Help Guide You Through the Process
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How to Write Mission, Vision, and Values Statements - 100 Examples to Help Guide You Through the Process

February 19, 2021
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Mission, vision and values statements serve as the foundation for an organization’s strategic plan. They convey the purpose, direction and underlying values of the organization. When developed and implemented in a thoughtful and deliberate manner, these statements can serve as powerful tools that provide organizations with meaningful guidance, especially under times of rapid change. Consequently, taking the time to craft relevant mission, vision and value statements should be carefully considered.

To get started, review our tips below on how to write a good mission, vision and values statement, and download our list of 100 mission, vision and values statement examples below:

Mission Statements

The mission statement defines an organization’s purpose or reason for being. It guides the day-to-day operations of the organization, communicates to external stakeholders the core solutions the organization provides in society and motivates employees toward a common near-to-medium term goal. In short, the mission statement paints a picture of who the company is and what the company does.

A good mission statement should only focus on what is most important to the organization. It should be brief, clear, informative, simple and direct. It should avoid elaborate language, clichés, and generalizations and it should emphasize outcomes and the people the organization is serving.

When writing a mission statement, consider the following questions:

  • What do we do today?
  • Who do we serve?
  • What are we trying to accomplish?
  • What impact do we want to achieve?

Examples:

  • LinkedIn: To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful.
  • Starbucks: To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
  • Twitter: To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, instantly, without barriers.
  • TripAdvisor: To help people around the world plan and have the perfect trip.
  • Tesla: To accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy.
  • Sweetgreen: To inspire healthier communities by connecting people to real food.

Vision Statements

The vision statement describes the future of the organization. It reveals what the company aspires to be or hopes to achieve in the long-term. The vision statement is inspirational and motivational but also provides direction, mapping out where the organization is headed. In this regard, it serves as a guide for choosing current and future courses of action.

An effective vision statement should be concise, unambiguous, futuristic, realistic, aspirational and inspirational. It shouldn’t be generic but rather focus on outcomes specific to the organization.

 When writing a vision statement, consider these questions:

  • Where are we going moving forward?
  • What do we want to achieve in the future?
  • What kind of future society do we envision?

Examples:

  • LinkedIn: To create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce.
  • GoDaddy: To radically shift the global economy toward independent entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Wikimedia Foundation: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.
  • Habitat for Humanity: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
  • SouthwestAirlines: To be the world’s most loved, most efficient, and most profitable airline.

Values Statements

The values statement highlights an organization’s core principles and philosophical ideals. It is used to both inform and guide the decisions and behaviors of the people inside the organization and signal to external stakeholders what’s important to the company. An organization’s core values shape daily culture and establish standards of conduct against which actions and decisions can be assessed.

A values statement should be memorable, actionable and timeless. The format of the values statement depends on the organizations; some organizations use one, two or three words to describe their core values while others provide a short phrase.

 When drafting a values statement, some questions to consider include:

  • What do we stand for?
  • What behaviors do we value over all else?
  • How will we conduct our activities to achieve our mission and vision?
  • How do we treat members of our own organization and community?

Examples:

Gusto:

  • Ownership mentality.
  • Don’t optimize for the short term.
  • We are all builders.
  • Go the extra mile.
  • Do what’s right.
  • Be transparent.

Etsy:

  • We commit to our craft.
  • We minimize waste.
  • We embrace differences.
  • We dig deeper.
  • We lead with optimism.

Summary

The mission, vision, and values statements are the guiding forces behind an organization. The mission statement communicates the purpose of the organization. The vision statement provides insight into what the company hopes to achieve or become in the future. The values statement reflects the organization’s core principles and ethics. Together, these statements provide strategic direction for an organization, informing current and future business strategies.

Learn how Bâton Global support organizations in building lasting and impactful core commitments here.

Interested in viewing examples from other organizations? Download our collection of of 100 mission, vision, and value statements below: 

Download 100 Examples below:

Other Helpful Resources

365 Careers, January 26, 2018,The mission, vision and values statements [video file].

Bain & Company, April 2, 2018, Mission and vision statements.

Diffen LLC, n.d., Mission statement vs. vision statement.

Paula Fernandes, May 4, 2018, What is a vision statement?

Linda Le Phan, April 12, 2018, How to define your company’s core values (37 experts share their advice) [blog].  

William A. Nelson & Paul B. Gardent, March/April 2011, "Organizational values statements," Healthcare Executive, 56-59.

Edward L. Powers, 2012, "Organizational mission statement guidelines revisited," International Journal of Management & Information Systems, 16(4), 281-290.

Britt Skrabanek, August 19, 2018, Difference between vision and mission statements: 25 examples.

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