BCG, Deloitte, IBM and Oliver Wyman partner with The TENT Foundation

10 June 2016 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firms The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, IBM and Oliver Wyman have joined The TENT Foundation as a partner. The New York-based non-profit aims to support refugees directly through goods and services, as well as indirectly through creating job opportunities or supporting organisations that provide refugees with employment.

Globally there are more than 50 million refugees, many of whom have no place to go following persecution and war in their home countries. Recent conflicts in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq, have propelled those seeking safe harbour globally to around 16 million. A great number of refugees, particularly Syrians, have ended up in camps in Turkey and Jordan, while many others have sought refuge in Europe. Europe too opened its doors to the plight, briefly at least, providing a large number of refugees a place to stay for the time being.

While humanity hopes for an end to hostilities and persecution in affected areas – ‘business’ has been actively seeking to support governments and NGOs provide a range of resources to those whom have become stranded for reasons that are often beyond their control. One of the recent initiatives is the TENT alliance. The organisation – founded by Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish entrepreneur and founder of Chobani (America's most popular Greek yogurt) – aims to provide a range of measures, leveraging corporate responsibility and their wider corporate networks, to find ways of supporting governments, NGOs and the people affected themselves, through the crisis. The organisation is partner based, and has so far partnered with 30+ private sector organisations, including four advisory firms: Deloitte, BCG, IBM and Oliver Wyman.

BCG, Deloitte, IBM and Oliver Wyman partner with The TENT Foundation

Besides imploring global businesses to step in and support refugees, the organisation aims to raise awareness about the role of business in the crisis; to participate in confidential sharing, learning and collaboration among businesses engaged in refugee-related efforts, as well as virtual and in-person meetings;and  presenting a unified ‘voice of business’ on refugee related issues pertaining to business. Concrete measures proposed by TENT include direct donations of goods and services; directly hire refugees or support their employment training or employment assistance; and shape supply chains to source products and services from vendors that employ refugees or support refugee relief organisations.

Commenting on the partnership, Frauke Uekermann, Principal at The Boston Consulting Group in Germany, states: "How can assistance be most effective to Syrian refugees and help them feed their families? A deep understanding of refugees' consumption and shopping behaviour is instrumental in optimising the humanitarian response."

In September last year Oliver Wyman launched a European-wide recruitment campaign aimed at recruiting qualified candidates from the refugee populations into the firm's ranks. "We want to do our part,” said Scott McDonald, President and CEO of Oliver Wyman.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”