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.
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.
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.
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 UK, Practical Action, Shell Foundation, Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), Itad Ltd, Institute of Development Studies, and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), to mention just a few.
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.