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We can help at every stage of strategy development, from understanding and evaluating risks through to assessing current practices and designing and implementing risk management/mitigation.

Human Rights Risk Atlas
Verisk Maplecroft's annual Human Rights Risk Atlas analyses the extent of human rights violations in 197 countries
Trajectories, scenario analytics and forecasting
Policy Bank
Verisk Maplecroft's policy bank contains 23 policies designed to help structure environmental, social and governance policies

Development of policies and management systems

Any successful sustainability and risk/opportunity management strategy requires a solid policy framework. Verisk Maplecroft works with clients to develop impactful yet practical policies, codes of conduct and associated procedural guidance and accountability structures to direct and inform working practices across a range of issues critical to managing a socially and environmentally responsible business.

Fully tailored to the culture and commercial objectives of the business, these can be used by employees, supply chain partners, customers, investors, and other stakeholders, and are developed in line with relevant standards such as ISO 14001, SA 8000, OHSAS 18001 and the Global Reporting Initiative.

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Development of best practice sustainability policies for junior mining company in West Africa

Verisk Maplecroft developed a comprehensive suite of pragmatic policies – ranging from a Stakeholder Engagement Policy to a Business Ethics Policy – to help the company achieve international-level sustainability practices in what is otherwise a relatively challenging, higher-risk operating environment. The policies were aligned with all relevant aspects of a range of international standards, including the Equator Principles, the UN Global Compact, ICMM Sustainable Development Framework, the IFC Performance Standards (and associated guidance), amongst others. These policies are likely to form the bedrock for all future efforts to improve the company’s sustainability performance – and to improve its risk management proficiency.

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Benchmarking and gap analysis

We conduct benchmarking surveys, audits and gap analyses that compare an organisation’s sustainability and risk management approach against ‘best practice’, as reflected in both the performance of peer organisations and conformance to international guidelines and standards.

Every aspect of sustainable business management is covered in our assessments, which look at political, economic, social and environmental risks and draw on a repository of over 700 audit criteria based on international standards and initiatives including the following:

  • ISO 14001
  • SA 8000
  • OHSAS 18001
  • IFC Performance Standards
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Sector standards (including those issued by the ICMM and IPIECA)

These studies conclude with the provision of expert recommendations for enhanced adherence, and a roadmap toward ‘best-in-class’ status.

Opportunity and risk assessment

We facilitate the development of comprehensive risk and opportunity evaluation strategies for a range of clients across different sectors. This is based on an in-depth understanding of the full range of political, governance, societal and environmental threats and advantages facing each organisation (including those specific issues linked to their geographical footprint, sector, lifecycle stage, business relationships and other relevant factors).

Whether conducted on a portfolio-wide basis to inform resource allocation and define risk appetite – or on individual, high-value or high-risk investments – our ability to blend quantitative, visual and qualitative analysis ensures decisions are taken with maximum insight, understanding and comparative perspective.

Analytics, forecasting and scenario-planning

Verisk Maplecroft’s unparalleled global risk analytics means we can draw on six years of data across more than 170 indices to chart the trajectories of key political, economic, environmental, human rights, societal, natural hazard and climate risks in 197 countries.

Multinational corporations, governments and international organisations use these analytics in their risk management processes to monitor risks to current investments, inform strategic decisions on market entry and assess supply chain vulnerabilities.

  • Allows for risks and opportunities to be identified and tracked at city, sub-national and country level
  • Plots the trajectories and root causes of risk indices over time and identifies emerging challenges / trends
  • Integrates this data with country risk analysis to support scenario planning and horizon scanning
  • Enables clients to compare country risk profiles and informs business decision-making
  • Identifies countries with the potential for instability enabling clients to mitigate risk and diversify exposure
  • Empowers clients to seize opportunities in countries where risk exposure aligns with their risk appetite

With this background, we work up a number of tailored scenarios to provide a detailed picture of future opportunities and risks.

Download the pdf for a full outline of Verisk Maplecroft's trajectories, scenario analytics and forecasting resources (available to bronze and above subscibers).

Verisk Maplecroft's trajectories, scenario analytics and forecasting resources

Stakeholder engagement and problem-solving

We work with companies at every stage of the stakeholder engagement process, including diagnostic investigation and mitigation / remediation in situations where there is potential for damage to relationships, reputation and/or business performance.

Our work approach typically involves:

  • Stakeholder identification and analysis to understand key issues, influencers and opinions – as well as potentially vulnerable stakeholder groups
  • Development of targeted, optimal stakeholder engagement, information disclosure and communication/consultation plans using variety of different tools and formats
  • Awareness raising around corporate commitments/performance among influential stakeholders
  • Design and monitoring of appropriate grievance mechanisms
  • Provision of assurance that issues are being managed effectively and responsibly

Training and capacity-building

We support the continuous development of our clients’ in-house capabilities by running customised training workshops and designing interactive web-based e-learning materials. These focus on the full range of political, governance, social and environmental issues facing global business, and best-practice approaches to maximising opportunity and minimising risk in each context.

Programmes can be designed to focus on specific regions of interest or specific issues, such as human rights, climate change, or political risk management. In addition to being culturally appropriate, training is designed to be interactive, engaging and practical – and to add real value to the analysis and decision-making of participants and their teams.

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