“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead
where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Historic changes – including an expanding environmental consciousness and the relative weakening of welfare-economic arguments in the face of contemporary appeals to human rights – have altered the normative context of business. The rules that structured the post-war world no longer hold. The pursuit of profit is now conditioned by an explicit concern for the common good.
Businesses are yet adapting to this new reality. Most have created senior executive positions in sustainability or social responsibility to chart and steer appropriate course. Such moves – although laudable – alone are not enough. Businesses were not built to be charitable organizations. Greater results can often be achieved by partnering with actors that are. The difficulty here – especially for the extractive industries – is that such groups typically do not perceive themselves to be natural allies. Working with high-impact industries can cost these potential partners political capital with their own constituencies.
Agile has unique experience and proven expertise in developing cross-sectoral collaborations between resource companies and civil society associations and international organizations in the social sector. In the “middle space” between industry and the providers of public services, Agile generates emotionally compelling, action-driven projects and – leveraging its extensive network – brings onboard local and international partners to implement high-profile, industry-leading initiatives.