doing good is part of doing business

Two out of three businesses in Germany get involved on a regular basis with social projects that go beyond legal requirements.

But there is room for improvement: 
9 out of 10 company representatives believe that firms should once again take on greater responsibility in acting as role models in society.

civic engagement is as diverse as society itself

Do you want to raise the bar in terms of the impact of your company’s civic engagement? Do you want to work with exceptional partners or launch your own projects that are suited to your core business and strategy? PHINEO supports you with the following:

Corporate

Citizenship strategy

Corporate citizenship refers to a company’s voluntary investment in strong communities that reaches beyond its core business. Finding solutions to the challenges facing society and business alike creates a win-win situation for everyone involved. We work with you to develop and implement strategies that help you improving your civic engagement activities. We do this by:

  • developing and refining your sustainable mission statements that include your vision, mission, values and principles,
  • identifying relevant social issues and challenges through a needs and context analysis,
  • conducting an inventory and analysis of your current portfolio of activities, competencies and resources,
  • developing a civic engagement profile tailored to your needs that includes strategic goals and target groups, defines roles and develops strategies for action.

Corporate

Volunteering

With corporate volunteering, employees participate in activities targeting social causes that are beyond the realm of a company’s daily operations. In a best-case scenario, corporate volunteering creates a benefit for everyone:

  • Society benefits as a number of energized individuals get involved where it counts, bringing valuable professional skills or other benefits to a social cause.
  • Employees benefit because they can make a difference, develop an appreciation for other points of view and strengthen their skill set.
  • Companies benefit because employee satisfaction increases, newly acquired skills have a positive impact on the core business, and compelling civic engagement activities attract new employees and junior staff.

We work with you in building an effective corporate volunteering portfolio. We tailor the broader concept and its individual components to your business and staff. Whatever the activity or measure – from one-day campaigns to mentoring programs to social internships or pro bono services – we advise you on direction, resources and the practical tools at hand.

Corporate

giving

German companies most often involve themselves by donating money and goods. But donations bring benefits only when everything – from planning to strategy to the toolbox used to organization and communication – is in sync with each other. We work with you in:

  • developing grant-making strategies,
  • managing tenders and applications,
  • identifying funding needs and drafting grant agreements or funding allocations,
  • capacity-building and linking up recipient organizations,
  • reporting and controlling.

partnerships

and cooperations

We are convinced that more can be accomplished by working together. Whether you are working with local organizations on site or with other companies on regional or national projects – we are at your side helping you initiate and determine the shape of successful partnerships.

  • We advise you on cooperating and linking up with nonprofits, foundations, government actors and other companies.
  • We help you build strategic partnerships by providing everything from a catalogue of criteria to researching potential partner organizations to matching your organization with the ideal partner.
  • When it comes to ensuring effective participation, we are at your side from start to finish, identifying relevant stakeholders, conducting an analysis of extant communication and participatory formats and developing and carrying out dialogue and inclusive processes.
  • We strengthen existing cooperation efforts and collective impact networks by emphasizing impact-oriented management that targets a shared vision and set of goals, coordinating the operational rollout of activities, designing monitoring and evaluation systems and assisting with collective learning processes.

impact orientation

in your company

We support you through each stage of the implementation process of an impact-oriented approach to doing good with an individual project or a portfolio of activities:

  • Together with you, we plan for high-impact civic engagement and, when needed, are there to assist you in implementation.
  • We analyze the outcomes and help you structure the expansion of your activity for scalability. 
  • We also provide consultancy services to help you communicate professionally and report on your civic engagement with transparency. This can involve social impact storytelling and reporting in line with the London Benchmarking Group or for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. 

organizational

development

The success of your civic engagement and core business requires that principles be upheld and that standards of quality are met. The success of both also demands internal clarity and the adaptation of processes and structures to goals. We help you embed your corporate citizenship strategy and its impact-oriented implementation within your company for the long term.

  • Together with you, we develop corporate guidelines (e.g., for engagement activity or donations) and other regulations.
  • We clarify roles and responsibilities (e.g., relevant committees and functions).
  • We design and optimize internal information and management processes, working with you to develop effective workflows. 
  • We set up key documentation for you, such as report templates or funding forms.

our approach to consulting

impact-oriented

We focus on impact for society as well your company.

partnership-driven

We foster partnerships that are built on equal footing and combine our strengths with yours.

systemic

Together with you, we consider the challenges specific to your entire organization and the social environment.

balanced

We value the work you do, combining this with an openness toward new goals and ways forward as the key to instituting effective change.

informed

Our partners trust PHINEO’s proven methods and the expertise we have gained from scores of projects and in-depth insights into more than 3,000 nonprofits.


Do you have any questions?

We are happy to discuss your questions or a potential cooperation with you directly.

Juliane Hagedorn
Head of Consulting and Organizational Development
+49 30 520065315
juliane.hagedorn@phineo.org

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