One of the primary objectives of the MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) Program Review is to enable greater growth for food service companies and organizations selling directly to final seafood consumers. These ‘consumer-facing organizations’ (CFOs) include contract caterers, restaurant chains, fish counters at retailers, and independent restaurants and fishmongers. Enabling Outcomes provided comparative research with other certification schemes and advice as to different approaches for Chain of Custody Program improvements that would help to make the compliance process more user-friendly for these organizations whilst still maintaining the credibility of the MSC eco-label. The work of Enabling Outcomes helped MSC to shape the options presented for its public consultation on the CoC Program.
Enabling Outcomes led the evaluation of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Capacity Development Fund—a grant platform to fund projects that create tools and insights that can help the SME sector in emerging markets. This evaluation included developing an impact framework for the fund, which included a theory of change and metrics. The evaluation also encompassed measuring the impact of the individual grants as well as the collective impact of the fund. The work culminated in developing a strategy for improving the fundʼs impact as well as its attractiveness to the donor community, leading to greater support for grantee and a rebranding as the “Catalyst” Fund.
Enabling Outcomes developed a draft impact framework for AIM-PROGRESS, the forum of leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) manufacturers that collectively enable and promote responsible sourcing practices and sustainable supply chains. The framework was designed to better understand and articulate the link between the collective work of AIM-PROGRESS and positive impact on the lives of those who work within the supply chains of their members. The work included a theory of change linking the strategy and activities of AIM-PROGRESS to key output metrics and outcomes and a proposed metrics scorecard.
The Argidius Foundation and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) launched a competition designed to support innovative ways to provide capital to small businesses in emerging markets that require $20,000-$250,000 in early stage capital. The goal of the challenge was to accelerate the development of innovative and sustainable solutions in a number of emerging markets, ideally establishing models that can be replicated. Enabling Outcomes designed the evaluation criteria and ran the evaluation of the five projects over a period of a year, including interviewing stakeholders in Central America and West Africa. Enabling Outcomes made recommendations to a selection committee that helped determine the winner of the challenge who received a 1 million Euro investment.
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The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) contracted Enabling Outcomes to review their risk management standard. Enabling Outcomes interviewed key stakeholders and standards and certification schemes, and made recommendations as to how RSB could improve the standard and associated certification processes. This provided RSB with the guidance they needed to release a revised standard in 2014.
ISEAL, the global membership organization for sustainability standards, has implemented a mechanism to assess member compliance with ISEAL Codes of Good Practice. Caren Holzman has been selected as an evaluator focused on standards and is conducting compliance assessments for prospective ISEAL members.