What We Offer
We help you add an effective European dimension to your strategic operations. We provide advisory services for the entire life cycle of a fundraising or advocacy activity. We specialise in designing pan-European public affairs campaigns, building coalitions, positioning organisations as proactive and influential partners with European authorities, advocating your views with EU decision makers and all sectors of society.
From formulating and implementing EU funding projects and advocacy plans to evaluating results and compiling detailed impact assessments, we deliver genuinely resource-efficient advisory solutions.
We support your organisation to grow successfully in Brussels and assist you to reach your full potential by providing personalised policy advice that is necessary to succeed at EU level. We draw on our extensive advisory experience and in-depth knowledge of the European decision-making process to help you secure the best possible regulatory and funding result.
We perform detailed analysis, briefing you on the content of a specific legislative proposal, the positions of the various stakeholders involved and the likely outcomes. We give you early warning signals on expected developments and suggestions on what actions to take.
We also provide regular monitoring services and intelligence gathering to keep you updated on key EU policy developments in your sectors. This service covers all significant press, institutional channels and stakeholders' positions. It includes a summary of all related policy issues, political and legal analysis and recommendations for action.
For each issue we provide a number of stakeholder mappings. These identify key actors and related issues relevant to your sector, being them policy makers in the EU institutions or civil society, academia, trade unions, industry associations, consumers, public authorities and SMEs.
We help you to manage relationships with key European stakeholders by:
- Radar screening the scene
- Setting the agenda
- Opening doors on your behalf
- Positioning you and your project at the heart of key networks
To maximise support for your positions and strengthen your advocacy efforts, we build alliances with like-minded stakeholders who can influence the policy making process and add credibility to your message. In addition, we can host a representation office for your organisation and take care of the logistics for your meetings in Brussels. We can also represent you at events, making sure your message is heard by decision makers and other European stakeholders.
Our network of professionals combines technical, legal, regulatory, economic and financial expertise in innovation and sustainability issues. We have specific expertise in providing strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) advisory and manage the effective implementation of open innovation programmes that deliver a positive impact on society, the environment and creates value for all. We are trained to deliver an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) monitoring mechanism, which has been designed for application in various environments. CSR and ESG are evolving from simple communication tools to being fully embedded into organisations' management processes and performance measurement.
Because of the evolving EU legislation in the area of sustainability, we assist you to manage change effectively, solve complex issues, build capacity and enhance organisational performance by combining a sound strategy with value-added participatory, ethical, sustainable and socially responsible practices. With over 15 years advisory experience working with multinationals and NGOs, we have an unrivalled knowledge of sustainability issues at EU level to ensure the delivery of sustained growth and profitability.
We do so by developing new open innovation business models that integrate social, economic and environmental issues into core business resulting in better long term financial performance, market differentiation and brand recognition. In addition, we provide market intelligence, showcase opportunities, make commercial and investment connections and enable collaboration on research and development projects.
Within this framework, we run a number of support advisory services to organisations looking to develop or reinvigorate sustainability programmes and drive open innovation through their activities. These are:
- Surveys, consultations and multi-stakeholder engagement programmes;
- CSR/Sustainability report audits, writing and development;
- Benchmarking against best practice examples and development of suitable performance indicators;
- Ethical sourcing programme development and support along the supply chain;
- Set up of collaborative virtual and physical platforms by means of open innovation systems.
Out of these advisory services, we can quickly provide objective assessments, coupled with tangible and pragmatic actions for you to reach your desired next level of sustainability performance. By doing so, we are using the Sustainability Implementation Model below developed by the Institute for Sustainability. This approach allows the system to be continuously improved thanks to a monitoring and performance evaluation represented in graph form.
Graphic Courtesy of the Institute for Sustainability – A Division of Resource Associate Corporation
Our Customised Support
Whether you are a company needing to set up or review your innovation strategy, improve your sustainability performance or you are an NGO aiming to strengthen your positioning, create a winning case to attract EU funding, we have the expertise to help you get there. Our consultants will work with you in integrating sustainability initiatives into your vision, structure and everyday operations, reflecting key stakeholder values and driving innovation.
We provide research and advisory for organisations challenged by "disruptions", enabling them to minimise risks, pursue new opportunities and business models.
Through benchmarking and compliance with EU legislation, we can measure your organisation’s social and environmental performance and reporting systems and help you engage successfully with your stakeholders.
EU Training Courses
We deliver information and training sessions on how the EU works, its policy making process and European funding programs. We have trained, during the last 5 years, more than 500 project applicants and EU affairs experts among researchers, local authorities civil servants, managers of European offices, engineers, SMEs and large companies.
Our work in the delivery of training is that wherever possible, courses and programmes must be inter-active, with a balance between delivering classroom theory, engaging in the practice through active scenario exercising and participation of the trainees through the writing of papers, production of case study analyses and role-playing when required. Our courses are designed to meet international standards (ISO) accreditation requirements or are benchmarked in accordance to national or industry standards regulation for the delivery of training.
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Advisory Services include:
» Day to Day Administration & Running of Secretariats
» Interface & Engagement with Policy Makers
» Policy & Stakeholder Mapping
» Monitoring & Intelligence Gathering
» Tracking Legislative Updates & Policy Trends
» Political Messaging & Materials
» Representation of Interest, Branding & Positioning
» Communication Programmes & Lobbying
» Media Coverage, Digital Advocacy & Marketing
» Reputation & Issues Management
» Sector Analysis & Forecasting
» Opinion Audits & Surveys
» Ally Development & Coalition Building
» Multistakeholder Roundtables & Events Organisation
» Training & Capacity Building on EU Law Implementation & Harmonisation
» Benchmarking with Best Practices & Competitors Mapping
» Networks Animation & Facilitation
» CSR Policy Development & Performance Evaluation
» Stakeholder Engagement & NGOs Partnership Development
» Assurance & Compliance of Sustainability Reports
» Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) Advisory Services
Interested in working together? Send us a note, we respond to every email we receive and are looking forward to hearing from you.