People are the most powerful resource in any company. We believe that immersive experiences can bring out the very best in people, so they can drive change within their organisations to shape a better future.
Each experience is part of a programme designed to deliver measurable impact against a clearly defined objective. These programmes fall into three areas of activity:
Today’s workforce expects their company to behave responsibly and provide them with opportunities to use their skills outside of their day jobs. Our global corporate volunteering programmes enable companies to tap into that passion and help drive positive social and environmental change. These experiences develop deeper employee skills and expertise and create stronger bonds with their companies. Our approach ensures a triple win: for society, for the employees and for the company.
Tomorrow’s leaders operate in a world of uncertainty with rapid changes and significant disruption. Our experiences challenge participants at a visceral level to engage with the world differently and embrace new perspectives which drives shifts in behaviours and attitudes. Leaders return with new skills and tools and the ability to navigate uncertainty with confidence.
Purpose Brought to Life
Forward thinking companies are embracing purpose-led business strategies that address the real needs and concerns of our changing world and provide focus and meaning to those that work with them. Our programmes take people through an emotional immersive experience either bringing current strategy to life in a totally new way or preparing teams before they design new strategy.
Credit Suisse wanted to strengthen their corporate engagement with two global citizenship initiatives focused on education and financial inclusion and saw volunteering as a way to achieve their goals.
Each year, programme partners identify assignment briefs in conjunction with Emerging World and Credit Suisse. Suitably qualified employees can apply to undertake these assignments which last from 1 to 12 weeks. The learning exchange flows both ways between participant and partner and has been integrated into employee training and talent programmes.
Since its launch in 2010, over 400 employees have completed assignments in over 50 countries around the world. Assessment is carried out a year after they return with 98% gaining learning directly useful for their current role and 88% believing the programme sparked new ideas for business improvements.
Salesforce needed a purpose-led module as part of their executive leadership programme, ‘Leading Ohana’.
Leaders participate in a 5-day immersive module focused on leveraging their skills to give back to compelling purpose-driven organisations in diverse locations such as Detroit, Ho Chi Minh City & Nairobi. Sensemaking focuses on how participants integrate the new perspectives from this experience into their leadership upon return.
Over 133 senior leaders have participated in the experience across 4 cohorts. The module has become recognised as the ‘turning point’ for many while 100% of partners felt their organisation had been strengthened through the module.
MS wanted to shift attitudes towards Africa within the wider company and increase skills in its African partner ecosystem. The solution was to design a unique programme that provided MS employees all over the world with an opportunity to use their skills to support African businesses and startups.
Opportunities are identified locally by MS African staff and range from 1-2 week intensive projects delivered in person in Africa, to longer term coaching and mentoring engagements delivered virtually. Employees apply to undertake the opportunities and are supported through their journey using a customised electronic platform that enables scalability and quick fulfilment of partners needs.
A comprehensive M&E framework assesses the success of the programme, with 400 in person exchanges and 300 virtual, supporting more than 650 partners across 33 countries. 99% of participants reported positive developments in their leadership.
MARS asked for support to enhance their Ambassadors programme which enables employees across the globe to develop their skills and capabilities whilst building strong partnerships.
The programme takes teams of up to 7 who spend a week in communities across the MARS global supply chain, as well as individuals on longer term 4 week assignments focusing on business aligned issues.
MARS tracks the impact of Ambassador Programme Assignments to ensure employees, line managers and partner organisations are maximising the engagement. 84% of employees strongly agree that their job satisfaction has improved as a result of participation.
Kuwaiti Petroleum Corporation
KPC required an end-to-end leadership programme that helped senior leaders reframe their potential future when looking through a low-carbon lens. An immersive learning journey was created with 3 modules consisting of ‘seeing, being and making the change’.
71 managers from across 9 different operating companies participated in the 3 module programme in London, Mumbai and Copenhagen.
A customised assessment was developed before and after the programme to measure progress across 20 different dimensions. There was positive movement in 18 of the 20 and 82% felt the programme had a positive impact on business results.
Maersk required a powerful immersive experience that would help bring to life its redefined corporate purpose for new talent starting their careers with the company.
A 7 day immersion in Kenya was delivered that enabled participants to connect with the positive impact that trade has on communities. The module challenged the participants to experiment, explore and engage with local culture, communities and work on real business challenges as part of their learning.
The programme supported 63 young executives across the 7 days, working in teams with coaches and partner organisations. 97% reported an enhanced ability to function in intercultural environments and 78% felt the experience deepened their understanding of the corporate purpose.