Our clients consist of
- Small, medium and large companies that face particular challenges in high risk markets and fragile states and other businesses interested in in minimizing risks when starting operations or investing in FCS.
- Institutional investors aiming for meaningful corporate social performance.
- Public sector actors; governments, academic and international institutions and civil society members seeking evidences on social impact in FCS.
We work in close consultation with our clients to define the needs and the specific role in addressing (material) issues, one that clarifies the social value and balances the competing needs and interests from other stakeholders. We offer our clients access to resources, information & knowledge and new markets and practical solutions. Where needed, we help build new partnerships to ensure the solutions we provide are effective and cost-efficient.
Dealing with Challenges
We assist our clients to deal more comfortably with complex FCS challenges in a way that fits their capacity and ambition. We identify those opportunities and risks which matter most to all stakeholders and help to adopt and adapt new knowledge and processes to create practical solutions capable of responding to the challenges, whether in the field or at headquarters. By taking a holistic approach, we leverage the connections between multi-dimensional social, environmental and other issues so the total risks (including those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic) and their thresholds are fully accounted for.
Our client centric approach helps our clients meet growing demands to create social value and the ability to demonstrate tangible contributions to the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). We capture the comprehensive nature of impact by showing the interconnectiveness between security, Human Rights and sustainable development which helps decision-making and prioritizing and reduces the complexities of current methods of measuring and reporting.
We do so by:
- Developing (corporate) social impact assessments, local materiality analyses and measures for tracking and reporting.
- Assessing key risks and producing operational guidance for the implementation of risk-informed actions and policies.
- Building effective multistakeholder partnerships for data collection, analysis and impact validation as well as facilitating client-community engagement.
Between June 2020 and May 2021 FCS Impact has been conducting research and analysis for the UN Business and Human Security Initiative by LSE-Ideas and the UN Trustfund for Human Security, FCS Impact and Bureau Van Dorp produced a paper and policy brief on ESG and SDG impact measurements by businesses operating or investing in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings (FCS) which resulted in a framework for collaborative action and innovation and practical guidance that would contribute to responsible and sustainable business conduct in FCS. The framework report presents a model to assist companies and investors work with communities, the UN system and local stakeholders to achieve the SDGs and contribute to peacebuilding in FCS.