IRIS, an initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is a voluntary multi-stakeholder certification system for labor recruiters developed to support ethical recruitment of migrant workers. It is comprised of an international standard, certification scheme, and a compliance and monitoring mechanism. For businesses and migrant workers, IRIS serves as a due diligence tool for the assessment of labor recruiters. Enabling Outcomes worked with James Sullivan and Christine Carey to outline options and a path for the development of the standards system and certification scheme. Enabling Outcomes also led the development of the IRIS Theory of Change.
On behalf of the Argidius Foundation, Enabling Outcomes developed SME ecosystem mapping reports for target geographies for the foundation. Argidius uses these reports as valuable tools in developing strategies for their engagements. The mappings give a contextual overview of the corresponding country and shed light on the challenges and opportunities for SME development and poverty alleviation. In addition, the reports inventory organizations that can help build local capacity and catalyze and accelerate SME development and growth.
These reports are public to promote and encourage cooperative and productive relationships among different organizations in this field.
To access the reports for Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Uganda, click here.
This project explored market acceptance of the potential of allowing producer organizations to design their own, individualized development paths (by creating their own ‘impact plans’) in line with a standard based on principles (rather than mandatory requirements). Enabling Outcomes along with Connective Impact carried out interviews with traders, retailers and brands to assess the potential of this innovative approach to standards.
Caren, working in partnership with Aimee Russillo and with the support of Accreditation Services International (ASI), designed and delivered the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Theory of Change. The team worked closely with the RSPO secretariat and executed a process that included extensive stakeholder participation and engagement with the Board of Governors. The team also delivered the foundations of an M&E system to support the new Theory of Change.
To view the Theory of Change, supporting documents and a video, click here.
Enabling Outcomes was called upon to define roles and responsibilities of the Standards, Certification & Impact Team, identify skill sets, and shortlist candidates to build out the team. Additional support included providing certification insight and writing the 2014 Impact Report. Most recently, we were called upon to support a review of the complaints mechanism.
Enabling Outcomes works with a high street retailer to improve the monitoring and evaluation of their ethical trade projects portfolio. Work has included a deep-dive evaluation of a grantee that delivers training on life skills and worker rights to workers in the garment sector in India and research on grievance hotlines.