As global energy company ContourGlobal (CG) seeks to strengthen its operations in Africa and enhance impact to achieve inclusive growth, representatives of CG Africa participated in a two-day workshop that highlighted emerging trends and best practices in sustainability practices.
Helen Mant and Adrienne Gifford, Senior Advisors at the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) organized and led the workshop, which took place from January 31-February 1 in Lomé, Togo.
Representatives from CG Togo, Rwanda, Senegal, and Nigeria attending the workshop learned about shared value approaches to sustainability, creating, measuring and evaluating impact and gained innovative communication strategies to share impact with a broad range of stakeholders. The workshop also aimed to assist CG Africa representatives in forming strategic thinking around impact both in individual operations and across the African region.
“The workshop has been very useful and has given us new tools and approaches to think more strategically about how our activities can more effectively achieve impact,” said Cheick-Oumar Sylla, ContourGlobal CEO for Africa & the Solution Business.
The workshop built on IGD’s successful partnership with ContourGlobal since 2012. The IGD Advisory team has provided strategic guidance on identifying effective ways to integrate CG’s sustainability objectives with their core business operations. In 2015 a detailed impact assessment of CG’s operations in Togo was conducted.
“Based on the outcomes of IGD’s assessment in Togo in 2015 and the real benefits we got as a business, we decided to organize a workshop in Lomé to build broader knowledge and understanding across Africa,” Sylla pointed out about the recent workshop.
Additionally, the workshop introduced as a learning case study, IGD’s impact assessment on the operations of the Nigeria-based Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) and its U.S-based strategic partner the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI) in the Niger Delta. The workshop also drew attention to research and insights from IGD’s previous experience working with Visa Inc. and Pearson on impact assessments in Africa.
At the conclusion of the workshop, IGD Advisory team provided CG Africa leadership with recommendations to leverage the company’s core expertise and identify strategic areas to create shared value and enhance impact as CG’s portfolio in Africa expands. The IGD recommendations also featured opportunities to develop platforms and dialogues that foster relationships within the power sector to increase CG’s visibility and increase credibility as a thought leader in the industry.