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We first met with Outsized a few months ago. Apart from being a great bunch of people, we instantly believed in their mission – to bring together the best boutique consultants in a way that enables large companies to access unique talent and expertise that they might otherwise struggle to access. Of course we have massive respect for the big consulting firms, there’s no competing with them on research capacity and pure scale of abilities. But there’s a certain value that comes from working with boutique consultancies who can offer high-level expertise in a specific field, a fresh perspective for every client, and plenty of face time with directors and founders.
The problem for companies in hiring a boutique consultancy is finding the right one for their needs and being able to blindly trust in its ability to deliver. That’s where Outsized comes in – by working personally with hundreds of small consultancies and undertaking background checks on previous clients and projects, they are able to offer a suite of pre-vetted options to large clients, specialising in financial services.
We love a bit of innovation and were quick to work out how we could collaborate with the Outsized team. Our founder Laura wrote this piece for their thought-leadership forum in July and we are excited to announce the launch of a bespoke service product in the CSR space. Called “Right Track”, it’s designed for clients who currently don’t have a holistic CSR vision, or want to align their CSR activities more tightly with business objectives.
You can read all about the new “Right Track” service product here.
We are looking for a smart problem solver who’s excited about using research and data to create social programmes. The role would involve supporting our team of consultants by undertaking desk-based research to feed great knowledge and insights into our projects within affordable housing, ethical manufacturing, and road safety.
You’d be a critical part of the team, your findings would underpin all of our projects and you’d need to be ready to bring your own ideas to the table. You’d also be asked to assist with research for new client meetings, as well as assist with some project implementation.
Currently this is a short-term role with the potential to become a permanent junior consultant.
Initially a three-month role from August to October
Compensation will be discussed with short-listed candidates
Full-time, 9.30-6pm, Monday to Friday with additional time as required Graduate with up to two years of experience
To apply, write to us at email@example.com, with your CV, a cover letter explaining why you are the right person for the job, and answers to the following questions to give us some insight into how awesome you are!
What experience do you have in research and finding insights?
Why would you be interested in working for a consultancy that creates social impact through business?
If you had to create a plan to tackle road safety in India tell us the first three things you would try to find out?
We’re growing and are looking for a creative and enterprising summer intern.
If you’re a college student or recent graduate excited by CSR and responsible business in India – this is the perfect opportunity for you to dive into it! The internship would give you a vast experience, covering business development, communications, knowledge management and client servicing.
We’re looking for someone to join us ASAP by 1st June 2016. To apply, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy of your CV, telling us why you’re interested in interning at DOT.
(Please note, this is a paid internship - compensation will be disclosed to short-listed candidates)
Our Founder & MD, Laura Quinn, wrote a great opinion piece in the The CSR Journal, titled "Philanthropy To Purpose: India Inc. Is Finding Its Socially Responsible Feet".
The article describes India Inc's journey from corporate & family-led philanthropy, to the introduction of the CSR legislation and how that led to systems and processes being put in place to manage CSR compliance. After two years of the legislation, we are now seeing a surprising but truly encouraging trend - Indian companies integrating "purpose" at the core of the business strategies. Read the full article here
"It was obvious to me that I’d found my passion—and my next professional challenge—so I took the leap and decided to turn that passion into a business. Do One Thing is now over four years old. We’re a consultancy in Delhi that helps great companies find their purpose – through brand positioning, CSR, employee engagement, and communications – enabling them to drive financial value and social impact at the same time."
It's been an amazing 18 months managing BG India's social investment strategy and programmes - working with numerous advisors from their head office, various CSR Committee members, a handful of incredible NGOs and of course the core team in Delhi and Mumbai. Over the months, we've also had the opportunity to visit a number of project sites and speak to countless men, women and children on BG India's social investment projects and the impact.
This Social Investment report provides a glimpse into the work we've been doing for the company across urban and rural Maharashtra. From local education, health and rural development projects to strategic state-wide initiatives, we're happy to have had a hand in making a positive impact on communities in and around where BG India operates.
We'd encourage you to have a read and are excited for what the next months working with BG brings!
The start of the new year marked the beginning of a new project at DOT headquarters! We are extremely excited to be working with Sterlite Technologies Limited, a leading Telecom and Power products and solutions company based in Pune with a mission of "connecting every home on the planet". If you haven't heard of them, it won't belong before they cross your radar considering their current growth - check out their recent Make in India pledge to start LCD fabrication units across Maharashtra!
Read more about our work with Sterlite on our projects page.
Do One Thing Pvt. Ltd. is a bespoke impact consultancy based in Delhi. At just over four years old, we’re a group of young and energetic professionals with a passion for responsible business.
We believe CSR goes beyond philanthropy and that business comes first. As such, we help companies to identify their purpose and integrate it throughout all business verticals to increase triple bottom lines and have a greater impact on society and the environment. We then communicate that impact to the world, shining a light on the good work that companies do.
We often work in ambiguous spaces and complex corporate structures when achieving this goal. Unchartered territory is our favourite place to be!
As we expand, we are looking for full-time and part-time (roster) consultants to manage several exciting, new clients. In line with the above, you have to be like-minded enough to believe in our mission, and brave enough to work the way we do!
We are specifically looking for people who have mid-level or higher experience in one or all of the following:
- Business integrated sustainability
- Strategic CSR (in-house or consultancy)
- Cause-related brand building and communications
In addition to work experience in the above areas, consultants should have:
- Minimum 5 years work experience, ideally with at least 2-3 years project management
- Experience and success in client pitches and servicing, with a mastery of creating and managing scopes of work, timing plans, internal/external processes, minute taking, and other administrative tasks
- Ability to develop relationships with various stakeholders, from CEOs to internal client teams to rural school children
- Excellent writing and presentation skills, including being able to create briefs, reports and powerful and engaging presentations
- Analytical skills to be able to pull out key insights and develop new strategies
- Understanding of and passion for development and responsible business trends in India, including Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013, and globally
Culturally, we’re looking for someone who “gets it” and gets excited by it! As a startup responsible business consultancy we are hard, fast workers who are often working multiple projects in multiple areas at the same time. You’ll need to be organised, committed and flexible enough to wear several different hats, sometimes in areas or topics you are unfamiliar with. If you think brainstorming “out of the box” ideas is fun and you have your finger on the “CSR pulse” you’ll fit right in!
Our ideal colleague is someone who’s worked in both marketing/comms and CSR/sustainability, either in-house or at an agency/consultancy. A bit done with the status quo, s/he is looking for a new challenge that will help shape and define what responsible business in India should mean.
If you believe you fit the above and are excited about an opportunity to drive a new wave of responsible business in India, we’d love to hear from you. Please send the following to email@example.com:
- A short cover letter detailing how you and your experience fit into our needs and culture and what your personal views on responsible business are
- A one-page resume
- Fee range (part-time consultants)
We’d also welcome 2-3 links/attachments of any reports, videos or branding materials you’ve worked on as well as they relate to CSR/sustainability that you believe would strengthen your application.
By Laura Quinn
Last Friday I was very happy to make it to the Godrej Good Conclave in Mumbai, which focused on how to create a more employable India, and how to do it at scale. As part of its “Good & Green” strategy, Godrej has an ambitious aim to train one million youth in skills that enhance their earning potential, by 2020. Apart from some guts, an aim like that takes a genuine commitment to work with stakeholders across the ecosystem in order to find new solutions to the numerous issues in India’s employability landscape. And so the Godrej Good Conclave was initiated, by Mr. Nadir Godrej himself.
The speakers and audience were as well-curated as you’d expect at an invite-only event like this, with CSR funders, skilling NGOs, and advisory organisations all present. Overall it was an intelligent and enjoyable day of conversations that threw up some interesting debates. But for me some key issues emerged that absolutely need to be addressed if we’re to tackle India’s employability gap with any real success in the coming years. Issues that need not only require debate but that require action, innovation, and multi-stakeholder commitments.
In general, understanding the impact of employability programmes feels stuck in the dark ages. It was absolutely surprising to hear how NGOs and funders are starting to shift from measuring the number of people trained to measuring the impact of the training. That should be absolute basic hygiene in any programme from the beginning. Of course it’s critical to note that the particular complexities of skilling make impact-tracking more complex that some other programmatic areas but that’s exactly why, instead of putting in place basic tracking mechanisms now, we need to be talking about how to innovate methods of impact assessment within the space, with employers and trainers working together. If we work together effectively we can combine forces to undertake large-scale tracking, compare different methodologies, and sharing smart, “best-practice” learnings across all stakeholders.
The critical role of employers
Employers are one of the critical end goals of any employability programme but their role as stakeholders in the dialogue is too often understated, including a noticable absence of voices from the formal employment sector at Friday’s event. Some of the key messages coming out on Friday involved issues of making formal sector jobs attractive to young people and aligning their aspirations and attitudes with those of employers. Anyone interested in training for employability needs to be working actively with employers to successfully close the loop from training to sustained, long-term employment.
Overall the biggest issue that came out of the conversations for me was that working towards a market-based solution is critical. Industry needs a workforce, and people need and want jobs. It’s an industry in its own right and a natural market-based process. Non-profits that provide employability training tread a very fine line in potentially undermining the inherent value of that training and preventing the natural market of a skilling economy from taking hold. Although NSDC has done come commendable work in standardising training courses, there’s too much complexity and poor delivery to build “consumer” confidence that training is being done to the highest standard and will lead to long-term employment.
It was great to debate some of these issues on Friday, but it would be even better if we could get together to act on them. There’s a lot of talk around the problems but not enough around how we create and test new, innovative solutions. So, inspired by Godrej’s first step in convening the right stakeholders together, we might just take on that mantle and see if we can make it happen...
Last week, Payal, our director of social investment, wrote a great opinion piece for Mint on the role that India Inc. can and should play in helping India reach the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Market-oriented solutions, investing in innovation, skilling the workforce and closed-loop manufacturing - a good read on a Monday morning! Get the full piece here.
Last week Mint published a feature on some of the young entrepreneurs from the The Coalition's event TC/1 who are building niche creative businesses. Lovely article that starts to put creative enterprise on the map. Thanks to Chanpreet at Mint for putting so much time into this one.
With the new Companies Act coming into effect from April 1st, Mint's double-page feature today discussed approaches to CSR in light of the new Act.
DOT’s founder Laura was happy to contribute to the conversation on deriving strategic advantage through intelligent CSR strategies.
For more information on what the new rules mean for businesses, check out our one-stop guide to Clause 135.
We love a bit of entrepreneurship at DOT (wait until you hear about the new programme we’ve co-founded with OML, the big announcement is coming soon) and Sunday’s session was further proof.
The format loosely involved a lucky-dip Q&A session during which we all attempted to provide some insight or advice on each others' business problems – glass of wine in hand, of course.
Two thoughts really stuck in my mind from the session…
1. The diversity of the people and businesses in the room was incredible - from organic food delivery, to sustainable architecture, low-cost books, online intern recruitment, graphic design studios, a new Facebook payment system, and of course little old us, amongst others. But despite such diversity the business issues, motivations, problems, and challenges were incredibly similar. And sharing those with each other was brilliantly liberating, inspiring and useful. It’s something every early-stage entrepreneur should have the opportunity to do.
2. Although Bangalore is well-known for being the tech start-up capital of India, Delhi is home to an increasingly vibrant creative start-up culture. Yesterday was a great example but we routinely come across exciting creative entrepreneurs in Delhi who are striving to innovate and change the status quo. Maybe Delhi is ripe to become the new creative business hub for India – is it too much to hope?! Either way it got me wondering: As a Delhi-based start-up, is there more we could be doing to foster that burgeoning culture?
We’re already working on something, as I mentioned above, but I have a feeling this may only the beginning…
For reference, this is the list of bright young things who were present...
- Abhik Prasad, founder of Experia Media
- Mayank Batheja founder LetsIntern
- Henri Fanthome of Henri Fanthome Office of Architecture
- Dev Kabir Malik, graphic designer
- Nira Kehar, chef/owner of Chez Nini
- Bharat Nagpal, founder of IGyaan.in
- Ashmeet Kapoor, founder of I Say Organic
- Shreya Soni, VP at Anamcaara
- Dhruv Mathur: Co-founder GetFBPay.in
- Suchita Salwan and Upasana Gupta, LBBD
- Rupali Lamba, founder of LAWA Designs
- Nivida Chandra, founder of Page99.in
- Vivita Relan, Founder of Pot Belly restaurant and The Wishing Chair
- Avneet Mann, co-founder of The Wishing Chair
We have a new co-conspirator at DOT Towers, in the form of the super smart Gautam Raju. Alongside his other projects, Gautam is consulting on some of our corporate responsibility work. As you can see from his official biog below, he’s more than qualified and we’re super happy to have him on board.
Gautam Raju is Director and Co-founder of OurSay. OurSay is a democratic media website that connects the public with decision makers and has partnered with Google Australia, Fairfax Media, News Ltd and the ABC. Gautam is currently based in Delhi where he is launching OurSay India, as well as developing a digital communications strategy for Oxfam India.
Gautam has extensive experience working for a number of Australian and international NGOs, in a variety of roles and has held policy development roles in the government of Victoria, Australia.
You should check out the brilliant OurSay India.
And if you feel so inclined you can follow Gautam on Twitter.
It’s a great pleasure for us to announce a new strategic CSR project with Shahi Exports Pvt Ltd, India’s biggest exporter of apparel. Shahi produces women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, as well as home furnishings - and has a client list to be reckoned with, including Gap Inc., Walmart, H&M, JCPenny, PVH, and Target amongst many others.
To give you a sense of the scale of Shahi’s operations: They employ over 70,000 workers across 43 manufacturing facilities in six regions, with a production capacity of 25 million pieces per year.
Yes, it’s big.
We’ve been working with them for a couple of months now, and it’s been good to understand how Shahi’s company values pay homage to the kind of organisations that we all strive to be; their focus is on combining customer satisfaction with corporate integrity, ethical management, respect for human values, and nurturing human talent.
With the growing global concern over the welfare of garment workers in the developing world (recently brought under the spotlight again with a tragic building collapse in Bangladesh), Shahi, as India’s market leader in apparel exports, is proving that financial success and ethical operations need not be mutually exclusive.
This is an exciting and important moment to be setting an agenda for change within the garment industry, and we look forward to doing that hand in hand with Shahi.
We were lucky enough to work with the wonderful team behind the Focus Photography Festival last month, helping to manage their relationship with main sponsor, Bloomberg LP, and supporter, Absolut vodka. And we got to spend 10 fantastic days in Mumbai watching it all take shape.
There are some projects that leave a lasting impression. This was one of those. Some of our top moments...
- Confused passers-by looking at the giant outdoor photographs in Horniman Circle Gardens.
- The sun shining on the roof of the Jehangir gallery as Sunil Gupta and three female photographers discuss women's photography today.
- The photographer sage that is Raghu Rai addressing a packed bar at Cheval restaurant.
- Sunday afternoon at the Terrace gallery seeing families, students, and hundreds of other visitors passing through the show.
- Kids figuring out how photography works in a pinhole camera workshop with Susan Hapgood.
- Bharat Sikka at work in his pop-up studio as part of his wonderful show, Matter, for one night only at Mehboob Studio in Bandra.
Watching the drop-dead amount of work the Focus team put in made our little piece of the pie feel like a bit of a breeze in comparison. Very much helped by how thoroughly nice the teams are at Bloomberg and Absolut.
Here are some nice shots of the festival. Photographing photography...
Last week I took a trip to Uttar Pradesh with Punj Lloyd to visit a village they've been working with for over 15 years. Called Sitamarhi, it's located halfway between Allahabad and Varanasi (and is supposed to be the place where Sita was welcomed back into the Earth). We asked a lot of questions, met a lot of people, and took a lot of pictures across the education, vocational training, healthcare and poverty alleviation programmes they're undertaking.
You'll be able to read about the work Punj Lloyd does on the site we're creating with them soon. But for now here are some pictures to give you a taste...