Our responsibility in the world does not end with the programmes we implement.

We comply with corporate social responsibility, human rights and environmental standards. We also take measures to tackle climate change and inform the international development debate by sharing lessons with other organisations.

 
 
 

Donation of new library to Pakistan’s school

Each year, we allocate £10,000 to our Charity Fund to support initiatives that aim to alleviate poverty in the regions where we operate and maximise the impact of ongoing programmes. In 2017, we teamed up with DFID to provide Islamabad Model School in Pakistan with a library. While DFID paid for the structure, IMC donated furniture, including bean bags, rugs and bookshelves, and hundreds of books.

 
   DFID Pakistan Deputy Head Judith Herbertson reading out to children on 31 July 2017, during the inauguration of a library that IMC Worldwide and UKAid donated to a primary school in Islamabad. Credit: Syed Abdullah Hameed/Humqadam.

 DFID Pakistan Deputy Head Judith Herbertson reading out to children on 31 July 2017, during the inauguration of a library that IMC Worldwide and UKAid donated to a primary school in Islamabad. Credit: Syed Abdullah Hameed/Humqadam.

  Pakistan Deputy Head Judith Herbertson and school’s principal Sajida Bibi cut the ribbon at the library inauguration ceremony in Islamabad on 31 July 2017. Credit: Syed Abdullah Hameed/Humqadam.

Pakistan Deputy Head Judith Herbertson and school’s principal Sajida Bibi cut the ribbon at the library inauguration ceremony in Islamabad on 31 July 2017. Credit: Syed Abdullah Hameed/Humqadam.

We are proud to be a part of this small contribution. Education is very important for children especially girls, its impact is much larger. As we invest in girls’ education, we contribute in better health, better living, better lifestyle and better generations to come.
— Judith Herbertson, Deputy Head DFID Pakistan
We had no library at the school and this is a great opportunity for the children as well as the teachers; we will definitely benefit from this. On behalf of the school, I thank DFID, IMC Worldwide and Prime Minister’s Education Reform Programme for this greatest gift.
— Sajida Bibi, Islamabad Model School’s principal

  Adoption of the Paris Agreement.  Credit: UNFCCC

Adoption of the Paris Agreement. Credit: UNFCCC

 

IMC part of the Paris Pledge for Action

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, also known as COP 21, saw over 190 countries commit to keeping global temperatures rise to below 2 degrees Celsius versus pre-industrial levels. IMC is now part of the Paris Pledge for Action, a joint declaration where we reinforce our commitment towards a low-emission future. We support the Paris Agreement through  initiatives such as tracking carbon emissions, identifying where we can reduce them, and benchmarking against competitors.

We welcome the global commitment to this Agreement, which is a significant step forward in solving our climate change challenges, and we are proud to join over 1,300 other signatories, which include large multinational business, SMEs, investors, business groups, NGOs, religious groups, and city governments.
— IMC Worldwide Managing Director Gavin English
 
 

Award of Observer Status on the Green Climate Fund

In 2017, we were granted observer status by the Green Climate Fund. The GCF, established in 2010 by 194 countries parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is the world’s largest fund dedicated to the fight against climate change, whose current portfolio includes 43 low-emission projects in low- and middle-income countries worth USD 2.2 billion.

As GCF observer, we participate in Board meetings, share lessons and provide strategic advice on the design and implementation of the strategies, programmes and activities it finances.

The GCF is making a substantial contribution to advancing climate resilience across the world and IMC Worldwide looks forward to supporting its work.
— Loyd Mawena, IMC Worldwide Principal Consultant, Economics and Finance
 

 

REACHING OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

IMC regularly interacts with students across the UK to shed light on the international development sector and open up their career horizons.

We also believe in the importance of sharing lessons learned with other development practitioners and donors to identify what works and what could be improved in the development arena.

In February 2017, the Ideas to Impact programme and IMC, with support from DFID, USAID and the Rockefeller Foundation, organised a two-day workshop in London.

 
 

Fifty-five funders, implementers and evaluators shared their practical experiences of funding, designing, implementing and evaluating innovation-focused development programmes.

We were lucky enough to have a rich mix of participants from organisations such as Oxfam UKPractical ActionShell FoundationHuman Development Innovation Fund (HDIF)Itad LtdInstitute of Development Studies, and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), to mention just a few.

 
 

DFID entrepreneur in Residence, Ken Banks (kiwanja.net) discusses the state of development and innovation today and how it has been discussed in the past.

 
The event confirmed our hunch that we have so much to learn from each other if we can just get out of our silos and make a space to connect with innovation peers and counterparts from across the spectrum of development and humanitarian sectors, NGOs and the private sector. It was a great couple of days - energising, inspiring and useful.
— Isabel Vogel, Independent Evaluator Innovating in Development Event Facilitator
 
 
 

IMC is also a member of the Centre for Development Results, an organisation that supports companies that deliver DFID-funded programmes and share the aspiration to improve their work’s impact, value for money and accountability.