MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Reflecting on a year of remarkable global change, I’m proud of how Adam Smith International (ASI) has championed impactful projects in challenging contexts, notably aiding Pakistan towards climate resilience and driving positive change in Somalia, Panama, Vanuatu, and beyond.
With recalibrated climate objectives and strategic alliances, especially with International SOS, we’re broadening our reach and deepening our influence in new sectors, including health. As we celebrate 30 years of global impact, our newly launched Thought Leaders Forum exemplifies our dedication to fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration in international development.
With our B Corp re-certification, we’re making it clear: At ASI, we don’t just meet business benchmarks; we set them with the planet and people in mind.
Jalpa Patel, CEO
OUR B CORP JOURNEY
We established the framework for long-term growth and significant societal impact from the beginning of ASI in 1992. In 2017, we began our B Corp journey, a period of intense self-reflection in which we aligned our practices with our ambitions. Today, the B Corp community has grown to nearly 1,000 UK companies and 7,000 peek and we successfully recertified as a B Corp on June 30, 2023, with an outstanding B Impact Assessment score. Our future goals? Continuous growth and a stronger B Corp influence. Take a peek at our ambitious journey so far.
ASI is born, laying the foundation for a future of commitment to sustainable growth, ethical operations, and positive societal impact across the globe.
B CORP JOURNEY START
January 1, 2017
Our commitment to making a positive impact led us to embark on our journey to become a B Corp. This pivotal moment marked not just the start of a certification journey but a period of deep selfreflection, ensuring our business practices truly aligned with our impactful aspirations.
September 17, 2019
We joined the B Corp community as one of the pioneering 300 companies in the UK (we were B Corp 226!).
FIRST ‘BEST FOR THE WORLD AWARDS’
July 14, 2021
We were recognised as being among the top 5% of companies in our size group worldwide for our commitment to our customers and workers, receiving Best for the World Awards in both categories.
SECOND ‘BEST FOR THE WORLD AWARDS’
July 13, 2022
For the second year running, we were recognised among the top 5% of companies for our impact on customers and workers, once again earning Best for the World Awards in both categories.
July 18, 2022
We celebrated 30 years of global impact, marking a significant milestone in our company’s history.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL SOS
February 3, 2023
As part of our ongoing B Corp journey, driven by a desire to continuously amplify our positive influence, we formed a pivotal alliance with International SOS. This partnership represents our proactive commitment to broadening our horizons, enhancing our services, and reaching more communities with transformative health and medical solutions.
B CORP COMMUNITY GROWTH
March 1, 2023
The B Corp community has grown to nearly 1,000 companies in the UK and around 7,000 globally. Joining us in this impactful community were prominent names like The Guardian, The Body Shop, Patagonia, Tony’s Chocolonely and several other industry leaders dedicated to balancing profit with purpose.
RECERTIFICATION AS A B CORP
June 30, 2023
We successfully recertified as a B Corp, achieving an overall B Impact Assessment score of 115.3. Particularly noteworthy was our exceptional performance in the Customers category, one of the highest in the world. A significant feat to note: only 1 in 8 companies successfully navigate the recertification process.
We are committed to continuous growth and making a positive impact, with our future goals set firmly on enhancing our B Corp contributions and influence.
DIVE INTO ASI'S LAST YEAR, WHERE PROJECTS AND STORIES SHAPED TANGIBLE CHANGE.
DISCOVER WHAT WE ACHIEVED, LEARNED, AND WHAT WE ASPIRE TO DO NEXT.
TURNING THE TIDE
LAKE CHAD BASIN’S PATH TO PEACE
In the heart of the Lake Chad Basin lies a story of resilience and hope. Despite years of neglect and the harsh impact of climate change, the people in northeast Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon stand strong. Challenges abound, from extreme poverty to the threat of violent extremism. But the spirit of these communities remains unbroken. From Enhancing Threat Detection and Tackling to Bridging the Civil-Military Gap, our Lake Chad Basin Support Framework (LSF) programme tells the story of rebuilding, reframing, and restoring the Lake Chad Basin.
BUILDING URBAN CLIMATE RESILIENCE
URBAN FLOOD MANAGEMENT FOR LAHORE
Marginalised people in Lahore that struggle with water scarcity face enormous problems from climate change and urban flooding. Under the direction of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), our South Asia Water Security Initiative (SAWASI) works to address these problems and offer long-term solutions to impacted communities. This project aims to enhance water management and infrastructure in Lahore, ensuring its long-term sustainability and adaptability to climate change.
PANAMA'S FIGHT AGAINST SHADOW FINANCES
TRANSFORMING REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS TO ILLUMINATE (AND ELIMINATE) ILLICIT FLOWS
Panama’s financial landscape is continuously evolving, and we’re proud to be a part of it. Recognising the challenges of opaque financial networks, Panama’s government took decisive steps to strengthen regulations. Powered by our Panama – Improving the Ability to Trace & Tackle Illicit Financial Flows programme (IFFs), our journey began with a focus on the “Superintendencia for Non-Financial Services” (SSNF). What started as a limited project grew into a full-blown institutional development effort. This success is a testament to collaboration, trust, and dedication.
CHARTING A NEW COURSE
ELEVATING SOMALI EDUCATION AGAINST THE ODDS
After twenty years of civil conflict and widespread population displacement, Somalia’s educational system faces formidable obstacles. Our Somalia Education Systems Support Programme (SESSP) aims to remove these roadblocks with the long-term success of improving Somalia’s educational system.
“Our education sector has seen remarkable improvements in both its functionality and quality. While each educational sub-sector has its unique challenges, maintaining the quality of education stands out as our top priority. We are deeply grateful for the European Union’s invaluable support in this journey, and we hope for their continued collaboration and commitment, ensuring that both our Ministry and the educational quality in Somalia keep progressing positively.”
Mohammed Abbi Hassan, Director General of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education, Federal Government Somalia
THE JOURNEY OF SUSTAINABLE ROAD DEVELOPMENT
The Vanuatuan government places a high value on the improvement of the nation’s road system. These 2,100 km of roads are crucial because they link Vanuatu’s primarily rural population to amenities including schools, health centres, and important intersections for commerce and transit. The Vanuatu National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2030 reinforces this requirement. Since 76% of Ni-Vanuatu citizens live in rural areas, the condition of their socioeconomic structure, as well as their capacity to handle environmental problems, depends on these roads. The ASI-implemented R4D2 initiative, which is currently in its third phase, is a representation of Australia’s ongoing commitment to enhancing Vanuatu’s road system in order to benefit its citizens.
IMPACT THROUGH EXECUTION
A Strategic Look into ASI's Programme Delivery by Neil Fowler, Director of Global Programme Impact."Our work comes with huge responsibilities. Responsibility to the citizens and governments of the countries in which we work, responsibility to our clients and the taxpayers who often fund them, and responsibility to our people, who work in this sector because they want to make a positive difference in the world. Our response is a relentless focus on impact. In the programmes we design, the interventions we implement and the results we measure – we seek to drive meaningful and measurable change." DOWNLOAD REPORT
ASI HAS OPERATED IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE, WITH CURRENT ACTIVE PROJECTS IN 50 COUNTRIESExplore our work
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