Businesses can have a transformative social impact that also benefits their brand and key stakeholders, but this has only been realised in small doses by the most forward-thinking organisations. By working with TSIC, your organisation can become a key contributor to that change. We provide bespoke consultancy support to foundations and businesses who are looking to develop, improve or measure their social impact.
Our in-house developed methodology – TSIC Fuse – converts business assets into social change. We support our clients to identify their key strengths and select a cause and partner organisation that best complements their business in order to maximise social impact. The broad outline of the methodology is as follows:
Measuring the value of social programmes is a crucial part of maximising the benefits they deliver for society. Our approach to impact assessment balances academic rigour with practicality. We collaborate with our clients to implement an assessment system that is reflective of the organisation’s goals, scale and team capacity. We also work with our clients to ensure that impact findings have resonance beyond the organisation and can inform funders and influence policy makers.
BG Group is an international exploration, production and LNG company, ranked among the 15 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. TSIC was appointed by BG Group in Kazakhstan to develop and maintain an integrated social investment portfolio to contribute to sustainable development in the communities in which they work. TSIC thus conducted extensive research into corporate social investment strategies, drawing lessons particularly from the UK for Kazakhstan to develop its social enterprise ecosystem.
Kettle Foods is an international potato chip company that prides itself on producing authentic snack foods for over 25 years. Kettle Foods appointed TSIC to develop a signature community initiative that aligns with the brand’s trusted relationship with its customers and the community, and positions Kettle as a distinctive corporate leader. TSIC produced a thorough report of the challenges faced by five identified stakeholder groups and the underlying root causes that have hindered progress. TSIC interviewed community leaders across multiple sectors to gain a nuanced perspective of the current interventions in place. After discussing the complexity of each social group in relation to the existing assets of Kettle Foods, TSIC identified possible options for the initiative that had both local impact and national scalability.
In 2013 Oxford University Press (OUP) set up a £2m fund to support the advancement of education in sub-Saharan Africa. With direct experience of initiating and scaling educational interventions as well as working with private foundations, TSIC was commissioned to help the publisher focus its donation on high-impact programmes, work in coordination with other donors and government initiatives, and deliver a lasting-change that responds to a critical need in communities. TSIC worked with OUP to map challenges in education, current approaches and opportunities to support innovation across eight key geographies. TSIC then ran a competitive grants process which ended in OUP committing to four grants across East and Southern Africa. OUP commissioned TSIC again in 2014 to review the performance of the grants after one year and report to OUP stakeholders on the social impact achieved to date.
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) is a global consumer and wholesale bank operating in 71 countries with 80,000 employees. SCB donates $40m annually toward community initiatives, with Seeing is Believing (SiB) being the flagship global initiative to tackle avoidable blindness. TSIC was appointed to review and refocus the SiB programme, based on industry best practice as well as feedback from internal and external stakeholders. SCB used the TSIC Fuse methodology to uncover further areas of support that utilise core business expertise and resources, including mobilising the banks technology infrastructure and business contacts to support NGO partners. This has led to a real shift in SCB’s CSR strategy – a year after TSIC’s work, 95% of staff was aware and thought positively of the volunteering opportunities, with 70% supporting the move away from pure fundraising activities. We have also successfully engaged the bank’s client and customers through SiB related products and services, raising over $250,000 to fund more projects around the world.
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