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Social Innovation

Social Innovation: Contributor and driver of future value and capital

Even today – many development practitioners find it hard to prove the value (and the business case for that matter) that social and community development delivers and contributes too the future sustainability of a business. However, because we have proved through impact assessments that measures both the impact (on beneficiaries and investment portfolios or themes) and […]

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Determining impact and return

Determining impact and return: How Now

How to measure the impact and return on investment of community/social programs have plagued industry practitioners for a long time. The Investment Impact Index was developed as a uniquely African methodology to solve the problem. Until now there has been a lot of focus on monitoring and evaluating the outputs and outcomes of social, community and […]

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Getting the human rights impact assessment right

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Towards NPO/NGO sustainability

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Risk Management and Stakeholder Engagement

Much has been said and written about best practice or effective stakeholder engagement.  There are standards, guidelines and frameworks that governs stakeholder processes and many consultants have advised on developing stakeholder management strategies and processes.  However, very little is said or advise provided on what to do when absolutely everything goes wrong during the stakeholder […]

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Human Rights Impact Assessments:

Human Rights Impact Assessments:  An introduction and overview of a human rights due diligence processes For large projects and multinational companies, Impact Assessment Studies have become standard. Social, environmental, and health impacts are investigated using internationally accepted methodologies and are commissioned to anticipate multiple classes of challenges. Each Impact assessment normally addresses a defined area […]

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Business Management and Human Rights

The challenge of integrating human rights practices in business management: “The intent of integration is to make respecting human rights part of the parameters within which business is conducted – like ethical behaviour, compliance should ensure leadership from the top to embed respect for human rights, include human rights in relevant training, and develop the […]

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Indicators to measure Human Rights

Using effective human rights indicators to measure progress on human rights management practices: The relevance of measuring, managing and reporting on business and human rights indicators cannot be overstated. Valid and reliable indicators could be useful to:  Assess the size of the human rights issues that companies face; track corporate progress over time; and compare […]

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Human Rights and Stakeholder engagement:

Human Rights and Stakeholder engagement:  A rights holder approach to effective human rights management practices: Significant progress has been made in recent years by companies to understand, come to terms with and implement human rights practices.  However, this statement in general applies mostly to high profile industries such as mining, oil and gas.  Similarly manufacturers […]

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Benefits and Challenges of Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement is not a new concept.  Recent reporting frameworks (GRI and IIRC) however have pushed to topic up the ladder of importance for companies as it is a specific reporting requirement in order to develop and release sustainability and integrated reports. On the upside, reporting requires companies to report annually on stakeholder engagement activities […]

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