Covalence helps non-profit organisations manage their relations with for-profit companies. To governments, international organisations and NGOs we offer benchmarking tools and reputation research that can increase their knowledge on the ESG and ethical strengths and weaknesses of companies.
These services are relevant either for campaign activities, dialogue, or partnerships.
As examples, Covalence has been working for the following organizations:
Covalence collaborates with the PeaceNexus foundation for measuring the contribution of business to peacebuilding in fragile countries (Peacebuilding Company Index) with the objective of setting up a Peace Investment Fund that will invest in companies with a positive social impact in fragile states and conflict-sensitive performance. PeaceNexus is a Swiss-based foundation established in May 2009. It was founded by Anne Gloor and has been supported since its inception by the endowment granted by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss.
Covalence has provided WWF-UK with ESG ratings on luxury companies, which has been used to produce the ground-breaking report Deeper Luxury: quality and style when the world matters. In the Deeper Luxury report, based on self-reported performance and public reputation, Jem Bendell and Anthony Kleanthous present a clear vision and rationale for a more sustainable luxury industry. This report has been covered by numerous media world wide, for instance the Financial Times.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) has mandated Covalence to produce a research report on The Public Image of Nutrition, which demonstrates how the topic of nutrition has historically been covered in stakeholders’, the media, and corporate communications. GAIN’s mission is to reduce malnutrition through sustainable strategies aimed at improving the health and nutrition of populations at risk. GAIN is developing the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a tool for benchmarking the nutrition practices of F&B companies.
Covalence has also helped The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) better understand the ESG performance of companies active in its region of operations, as well as its own visibility in online media internationally with a focus on Switzerland. The results found for UNRWA have been compared to those of similar organisations, for benchmarking purposes.
If you’re interested in the services offered by Covalence to non-profit organisations, please contact our managing partner Antoine Mach.
For a typology of relations between NGOs and Corporation, see Le pouvoir des ONG sur les entreprises : pression, partenariat, évaluation / Macht der NGO über die Unternehmen : Druck, Partnershaft, Evaluation | Antoine Mach | 01.05.2002 | Annuaire Suisse — Tiers Monde 2002, IUED Genève.