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Cross-border corporate affairs

We were first approached by a leading snack food company in Mexico for support with two of the company’s divisions in building corporate reputation and stakeholder relationships to protect the business’ freedom to operate and generate opportunities for revenue growth

Our focus was on developing a comprehensive public affairs strategy for the local management team, and providing targeted support around a number of key issues, including: liaising with state government on potential investment opportunities and incentives, supporting the wider team in moving towards a resolution on the US tariffs & trade issue and providing political intelligence on potential competitive, regulatory and legislative issues. Our work since has expanded across Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and across Central America.

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Due diligence and market entry support for mining multinational

Very soon after a successful, high profile market entry in Mauritania, we were engaged to help address major operation-threatening issues. Our work focused on moving the company beyond firefighting a steady stream of issues which had led to project delays and stakeholder unrest, to a more proactive, systematic planned engagement effort with stakeholders.

The starting point was in-depth stakeholder mapping; looking afresh at their key stakeholders’ attitudes and agendas and identifying ways in which concerns could be mitigated and constructive partnerships forged. In the course of interviewing company representatives and third parties we identified a number of important new insights that turned conventional wisdom (that investment & job creation would generate goodwill) on its head.

From this we helped the company review not only its corporate affairs policy and practice but also HR, HSE, Supply Chain and Operating practice, which formed a foundation for ‘resetting’ stakeholder relations and moving ahead on a new more constructive footing. Against these recommendations, we revised on corporate affairs team structure, roles, responsibility and resourcing and developed guidelines for day-to-day implementation. In the client’s words, this was “game-changing” for them.

03

Expansion of HPV vaccine

Since 2014, the Brazilian government decided to provide the vaccine against HPV in the public health system to girls and women living with HIV/AIDS.

In May 2015, a pharmaceutical company approached us in order to build a strong alliance on the importance of the vaccine for boys and men living with HIV/AIDS, since their goal was to expand the vaccination to other groups. Through successful in-depth stakeholder mapping and engagement, the Ministry of Health announced later in 2016 that the HPV vaccine would be expanded in 2017 to include boys aged between 12 and 13 years old and men living with HIV/AIDS up to 26 years old.

04

Global in-depth monitoring and analysis

Speyside provides in-depth monitoring and analysis of key policy issues across the core markets of Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Australia and India for one of the world’s largest premium spirits companies.

In these markets, we track developments on a number of critical areas, including taxation, import regulations, labeling requirements, advertising restrictions, piracy issues and anti-alcohol programs. Through monthly reports and briefing calls, our consultants provide a walkthrough of the key issues identified and align on potential impacts and approach. On an ad-hoc basis, Speyside’s in-market teams have provided a “deep-dive” analysis on a particularly critical issue, along with a detailed proposal for engagement on the ground with key stakeholders.

05

Influencing the environment and shaping policy in new industry sectors

We provide consultancy services for a global digital disruptor in 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Central & Eastern Europe.

Working closely with the public policy team, we provide insight into political and policy undercurrents which feeds into the overall policy engagement strategy. We map and audit key stakeholders, advise on strategy and risk, facilitate engagement at the most senior levels of government, and provide issues management support. Our work is a fundamental in influencing the environment and shaping policy in what is a brand new, as-yet unregulated industry sector.

01

Cross-border corporate affairs

We were first approached by a leading snack food company in Mexico for support with two of the company’s divisions in building corporate reputation and stakeholder relationships to protect the business’ freedom to operate and generate opportunities for revenue growth

Our focus was on developing a comprehensive public affairs strategy for the local management team, and providing targeted support around a number of key issues, including: liaising with state government on potential investment opportunities and incentives, supporting the wider team in moving towards a resolution on the US tariffs & trade issue and providing political intelligence on potential competitive, regulatory and legislative issues. Our work since has expanded across Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and across Central America.

02

Due diligence and market entry support for mining multinational

Very soon after a successful, high profile market entry in Mauritania, we were engaged to help address major operation-threatening issues. Our work focused on moving the company beyond firefighting a steady stream of issues which had led to project delays and stakeholder unrest, to a more proactive, systematic planned engagement effort with stakeholders.

The starting point was in-depth stakeholder mapping; looking afresh at their key stakeholders’ attitudes and agendas and identifying ways in which concerns could be mitigated and constructive partnerships forged. In the course of interviewing company representatives and third parties we identified a number of important new insights that turned conventional wisdom (that investment & job creation would generate goodwill) on its head.

From this we helped the company review not only its corporate affairs policy and practice but also HR, HSE, Supply Chain and Operating practice, which formed a foundation for ‘resetting’ stakeholder relations and moving ahead on a new more constructive footing. Against these recommendations, we revised on corporate affairs team structure, roles, responsibility and resourcing and developed guidelines for day-to-day implementation. In the client’s words, this was “game-changing” for them.

03

Expansion of HPV vaccine

Since 2014, the Brazilian government decided to provide the vaccine against HPV in the public health system to girls and women living with HIV/AIDS.

In May 2015, a pharmaceutical company approached us in order to build a strong alliance on the importance of the vaccine for boys and men living with HIV/AIDS, since their goal was to expand the vaccination to other groups. Through successful in-depth stakeholder mapping and engagement, the Ministry of Health announced later in 2016 that the HPV vaccine would be expanded in 2017 to include boys aged between 12 and 13 years old and men living with HIV/AIDS up to 26 years old.

04

Global in-depth monitoring and analysis

Speyside provides in-depth monitoring and analysis of key policy issues across the core markets of Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Australia and India for one of the world’s largest premium spirits companies.

In these markets, we track developments on a number of critical areas, including taxation, import regulations, labeling requirements, advertising restrictions, piracy issues and anti-alcohol programs. Through monthly reports and briefing calls, our consultants provide a walkthrough of the key issues identified and align on potential impacts and approach. On an ad-hoc basis, Speyside’s in-market teams have provided a “deep-dive” analysis on a particularly critical issue, along with a detailed proposal for engagement on the ground with key stakeholders.

05

Influencing the environment and shaping policy in new industry sectors

We provide consultancy services for a global digital disruptor in 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Central & Eastern Europe.

Working closely with the public policy team, we provide insight into political and policy undercurrents which feeds into the overall policy engagement strategy. We map and audit key stakeholders, advise on strategy and risk, facilitate engagement at the most senior levels of government, and provide issues management support. Our work is a fundamental in influencing the environment and shaping policy in what is a brand new, as-yet unregulated industry sector.