We facilitate responsible and sustainable solutions for global trade.
Improving respect for workers’ rights and working conditions in international supply chains requires a range of skills encompassing ethical trade, human rights, risk management, labour standards and market systems development.
Our aim is to assist and advance regional and international trade opportunities while supporting socially and environmentally responsible business practices amongst African suppliers, producers and smallholder farmers.
With our pan-African reach and experienced teams, we are able to deliver a variety of practical, client-specific social advisory services that draw upon our knowledge of local capabilities and culture to develop innovative and targeted supply chain solutions that move beyond compliance.
This enables us to build capacity, measure impact, investigate issues, develop trade and better aid implementation of international codes of practice and trade certifications. Our advisory services help clients in assessing, monitoring and mitigating supply chain risk in their operations across the region through the lens of workers’ rights.
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“Our relationship with Partner Africa has been a real partnership, from supporting us with the development of our responsible sourcing programme, to providing insights into the development of our supplier training and capability building projects. We have also benefitted from access to their network of innovative partners, all committed to genuine impact and improvements in supply chain conditions.”
CLARE FLANNERY, SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER, ABINBEV
Partner Africa has a skilled and passionate team of over 50 individuals based across the region.
By employing local expertise, we give our clients a unique insight into the context, culture, regulations, standards, working practices and labour and environmental laws in the countries where we work. This ensures that our services are well-designed and take account of local cultural, political and economic dynamics.
We develop partnerships and are active in trade associations, leveraging our position as a leading body within the industry and enabling us to develop services to meet sector needs and market demand. Our participation in public-private partnerships and donor programmes enables us to bring direct economic and social benefits to workers, while creating opportunities to innovate and demonstrate good practice.
In our advisory work, our teams employ a wide range of participatory techniques, and we actively search for new and innovative ways of involving stakeholders in the process.
We do this by…
- Actively listening to others and using culturally-sensitive and discreet approaches to communication and data gathering methods
- Involving primary as well as secondary stakeholders in decisions
- Building local capacity & cultivating teamwork
- Facilitating the required attitudes in the project team and developing a self-critical/ learning culture
- Cultivating partnership relationships and building expert and targeted project teams
- Striving for diversity in our project teams
- Rigorously challenging & verifying information
- Using subject matter and on-the-ground expertise to provide vital context to findings
Partner Africa’s advisory services allow clients to draw upon our experienced teams’ on-the-ground knowledge of workers’ rights in the context of the local laws and culture to identify practical and appropriate supply chain solutions.
We provide a variety of client-specific services, which are summarised below:
Research, Investigation & Impact Assessment
Understanding local trends and demands, with an ethical trade and human rights focus.
EXAMPLES OF PRODUCTS:
- Gap analysis
- Root cause analysis
- Capacity mapping
- Impact assessment
- Baseline survey
- Issue- and trend-focused research reporting
- Feasibility, capacity and context studies
- Value chain mapping studies
- Monitoring and evaluation