Impact Business advisory Granito & Partners launches

27 May 2015

A new consultancy has recently been launched in Latin America: Granito & Partners. From its base in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and satellite operations in Dubai and London, Granito & Partners will support companies and funds globally with maximising their potential to impact human and sustainable development.

According to the Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends, $6.57 trillion or 18% of total United States assets under management were placed in socially-responsible investments in 2014. This was a 76% increase since 2012. It is against the background of such developments, and a plethora of other similar cases, that across every corner of the globe sustainability is gaining terrain. The movement is reinforced by among other financial, marketing and even talent management considerations – a recent survey conducted by Deloitte showed that 75% of millennials (people born no earlier than 1982) believe businesses are too fixated on their own agendas and not focused enough on helping improve society.


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“Every single survey and trend indicates that we are experiencing a gradual shift in corporate orientation whereby the pursuit of financial and commercial returns needs to be aligned with a contribution to societal and environmental improvement. Regardless their motivations, corporations are adjusting their business plans, methods and practices. Granito & Partners was born to advise them on how to maintain their competitiveness in this new environment” says Rodrigo Tavares, the consultancy’s founder and CEO.

Granito & Partners presents itself as a “impact business” company, an umbrella term that comprehends all possible ways for private enterprises to intentionally contribute to solving social and environmental challenges. Impact investing and CSR are part of this comprehensive mandate. Although other consultancy firms have established themselves advising solely on corporate social responsibility or, more recently, on impact investing, Granito & Partners starts off with five practices (corporate finance and strategy, impact investing, CSR, social impact bonds and development research and measurement). The firm’s core team is both trained in finance and economics as well as foreign affairs and sustainability, says Tavares, pointing at high-calibre recruits that have joined from Harvard and Stanford universities.


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According to Tavares, “as different companies and funds are equipped in different ways to contribute to a more sustainable society, our firm needed to be comprehensive. We can either work with a large global equity fund or with a national corporation. Our client's practices vary, profits vary but our ultimate purpose is the same – advise them on how to impact without compromising their financial goals.” The firm's first clients are U.S and Brazilian multinational corporations on the biotechnology, infrastructure and retail sectors.

Tavares, who started designing the company while he was a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard, is the former head of foreign affairs at the state government of Sao Paulo. The CEO is also a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness, one of the knowledge networks of the global think tank. Tavares is joined on the Executive Team by three other experienced professionals – Ilton Caldeira (former executive in media industry), Karine Bueno (sustainability expert with experience in banking sector) and Falko Paetzold (expert in sustainable investing).

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The London-based operations are led by John Doddrell, who just stepped down as British Consul-General in Sao Paulo and Head of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in Brazil. Doddrell fulfilled the roles for four years, and previously held several positions in the British Government. Mujtaba Hussain heads Dubai office – he previously founded Emirates Legal, a Dubai-based boutique law firm, and worked as a Legal Officer for the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in Geneva.

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Robert Park on the launch of his consultancy RWG Enterprises

18 April 2019

Following a lengthy spell as a General Manager at an international materials corporation, Robert Park was keen to rediscover his inner entrepreneur. With the launch of his new consulting firm, RWG Enterprises, Park spoke with to outline his hopes for the future of the company, and how he believes his boutique will be able to challenge the market.

Robert Park commenced his career in retail, taking up a string of General Store Manager positions with companies – including Poundstretcher and The Gadget Shop – before making the 2005 move that would lead him to a 13-year stay with Morgan Advanced Materials. First taking up a role as Production Supervisor with the organisation, Park quickly worked his way to the upper echelons of the group. By 2013, he held the role of UK Operations Manager for the company’s UK ceramic core business, Certech UK, before seeing out his final four years at the firm as General Manager, leading the senior management team and strategic direction of the business.

Despite his success with the firm, however, Park found himself getting itchy feet. A change of career seemed increasingly appealing, and by February 2019, the time to take a new path had arrived.

Park explained: “I was losing the ability to to use the entrepreneurial flair that I had enjoyed in the past; the organisation was moving more towards a structured and common approach for doing things, and that made me feel restricted. I also really enjoy the troubleshooting, problem solving side of my role. However, having been in my last post for four years, the troubleshooting and firefighting was long behind me. I realised that I am really energised by tackling difficult issues or turning around things that are clearly struggling.”

New consulting firm RWG Enterprises launches

His criteria for a new career seemed to point conclusively in the direction of management consulting, and while his CV has no formal experience in the sector, Park believes his career to date has provided him with a wealth of transferable skills. During his time with Certech at Morgan Advanced Materials, he became a Senior Manager at the age of just 21, and went on to succeed in a harsh factory environment where six former candidates had previously failed to deliver results.

Later, he became the group’s youngest General Manager in its history, and was involved in the turnaround of numerous departments. He also developed vast experience dealing with a wide range of ‘people’ challenges, including re-organisation, talent development, talent acquisition and leadership development. Along the way, Park noted that he learned to deal with large, blue chip organisations such as Rolls Royce, securing major long-term contracts worth upwards of £25 million.

Now, he hopes to take that know-how and apply it to the diverse world of consulting work. Park elaborated: “I really want to be able to help organisations that feel that there is no hope or have lost faith in the business… Having been there myself I know how helpful it would have been to have someone to refer to in times of crisis… The firm will also focus on leadership development, as I spent a lot of time with the global graduate program during my corporate career… and I was really motivated to see these individuals grow and develop… helping them to find their own way through challenging situations.

New enterprise

Park’s new Derby-based consultancy, RWG Enterprises, will focus on five key operational fronts. As stated, leadership development and business rescue will be two of these areas, as well as manufacturing – where the firm will tackle challenges such as new product introduction. RWG will also offer financial advisory services and strategic business planning offerings.

While Park is understandably guarded about the firm’s initial engagements, he revealed that he has been “speaking at length to a well-known university and business school about providing mentoring and coaching support to students.” In the long-term, the aim is for RWG Enterprises to take on engagements from clients across the industrial spectrum. He added that as “the company is very embryonic”, it would be “foolish” to become too focused on target clients at this stage.

When asked how RWG Enterprises intends to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack, in an ever-more-crowded UK consulting sector, Park is undaunted by the task ahead. He stated, “I think the main differentiator is that we are small... I have operated at a very senior level for many years but I have enjoyed a very diverse background having worked in most functions within my last organisation. I also won’t take on any work or clients that I feel I cannot deliver value for, I am honest and ethical and am really motivated by seeing others become successful… The main thing I am focused on is 'can I add value' and 'can I help?'”