ES Global was born in 1998 of a desire to work with companies, large and small, to profitably participate in and contribute to creating a more just and sustainable world. Over the years, we have worked with some of the most innovative and creative agencies in the world. In 2003-04, for example, we undertook an evaluation of the United Nations Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) global microfinance program.
Since 2006 we have managed projects to support the development of national microfinance strategies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone for the UNCDF, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and KfW Entwicklungsbank (KfW) and other donors. In Jordan, we undertook a national survey of small business needs for the United States Agency for International Development. And for numerous other clients such as ShoreCap, the Cooperative Housing Federation, Tridos Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, we have provided a range of technical assistance, training and management consulting services to micro and small businesses and projects.
In 2004-2005, we published with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank “Sustainable and Responsible Investments in Emerging Markets” which provided an overview and inventory of social investment in developing countries. Over the last two years, we have offered executive training in CSR strategy and sustainability reporting to over 100 corporate executives.
2009 marked a transformational year for ES Global. It began with our official recognition as a social enterprise by B Corp and will end with the formal launch of our expanded Corporate Social Responsibility and Local Economic Development practice areas.
After 12 years and over 150 assignments, we believe more than ever that business can make a powerful wealth creating contribution to sustainable economies without compromising profitability or corporate value. To the contrary, it is clear that the 21st century will be the century of sustainable business, where the most successful companies will be those that can help the world meet growing material needs in a sustainable manner.
While ES Global has changed over the years, our vision remains the same: it is one of inclusiveness; where those “with” and those “without” are equally valued; where there is respect for the ecosystems that provide for all our needs, present and future; and where the world’s prosperity is measured not by income alone, but by the abundance and security shared by all.