Societies develop by connecting people with each other, with services and with resources in increasingly productive and sustainable ways. Our mission is to enable the most disadvantaged populations to make these connections so that they can advance, for the benefit of all of us.
We do this by helping low- and middle-income countries develop the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure that people need to connect. This can range from creating ‘hard’ infrastructure such as transport networks that link impoverished farmers to markets or communities to health facilities, through to developing ‘soft’ infrastructure such as the institutions, systems and skills required to deliver public services to the disadvantaged or to support inclusive economic growth.
We deliver these complex projects in an equally ‘connected’ and collaborative manner. We not only bring together national and international partners, but also work closely with all the key stakeholders throughout each project, from the beneficiaries and governments to donors, to ensure solutions are locally driven, contextually appropriate and produce maximum social and economic value for the beneficiaries.
Throughout, we put quality before profit, operate openly and collaboratively, and adhere to the highest ethical standards – essential ingredients for productive and sustainable partnerships and outcomes.
IMC Worldwide is committed to protecting the environment. We manage our impacts through our ISO14001 accredited Environmental Management System (EMS). The aim of our EMS is to minimise our resource use, noise and waste and more, as outlined in IMC Environmental Policy.
Our purpose is to empower the poor and disadvantaged in low- and middle-income countries by enabling them to connect more productively and sustainably with the services and resources they need to realise their potential.
We do this by helping these countries develop and connect the necessary ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ infrastructure in more economically, socially and environmentally effective ways.
This can range from creating ‘hard’ infrastructure such as transport networks that link impoverished farmers to markets or health and education facilities for communities, through to developing ‘soft’ infrastructure such as the institutions, systems and skills required to deliver public services to the disadvantaged or to support inclusive growth.
We deliver these complex projects in a ‘connected’ and collaborative manner. We not only bring together national and international partners, but also work closely with all the key stakeholders throughout each project, from the disadvantaged and governments to donors and clients, to ensure solutions are locally driven, contextually appropriate and produce maximum social, economic and environmental value for disadvantaged populations.
In short, we ‘connect all the dots’ to produce stronger and more sustainable development impacts.
As one of the world’s leading international development consultancies, our vision is to continually increase the scale, sustainability and value for money of our company’s impact, while strengthening our reputation as one of the most collaborative partners in the sector.
Throughout, we will put quality before profit, operate openly and collaboratively, and adhere to the highest ethical standards – essential ingredients for productive and sustainable partnerships and outcomes.
These strengths will ensure we deliver outstanding value for society and our clients, fair returns for our shareholders, fruitful relationships for our partners, and rewarding careers for our staff.
As a world leader in our field, we will set new standards in international development that will not only strengthen its impact but also win growing support for, and recognition of, the global socio-economic value of this work.
Our strategy is deeply rooted in the professional, managerial and technical skills that IMC has developed since it first started as an engineering business over 50 years ago.
Those skills enable us to effectively integrate our hard infrastructure capability, such as developing transport networks, needed to connect the poor and disadvantaged to services, resources and knowledge with our soft infrastructure capability, such as livelihoods and sustainability, required to optimise social, economic and environmental outcomes sustainably.
This combination, together with our outstanding project management, drives our strategy to fulfil our purpose and vision.
In order to achieve our purpose and vision we have identified six strategic priorities that we must consistently deliver. The six strategic priorities cover: 1) our business growth and development; 2) building a world-class team; 3) building strategic alliances and partnerships; 4) client focus; 5) business performance improvement and management; and 6) marketing and business development.
Develop and grow our business
We need to develop and grow our business to make a bigger impact, and to respond to the donor trend towards increasingly large programmes. We will do this by applying and developing our two key strengths in all the markets in which we operate, and the projects for which we bid. These two strengths include:
We will apply these strengths to our combined hard and soft infrastructure services. So, for example, we help develop the physical infrastructure for schools, which enable people to connect and provide wider economic opportunities through enhanced inclusion and education.
Similarly, we might develop ways for remote rural communities to access health services, including organisational changes. These core strengths will underpin the growth and development of our business over the next three years.
Build a world-class, global team
We will only fulfil our purpose and vision if we: attract, recruit and retain the best people with a passion for international development and the right skills and experience; enable and motivate our people to deliver high levels of performance; and work collaboratively as a team, connecting and sharing our global knowledge, experience and expertise.
Deepen strategic alliances and partnerships
The scale and complexity of many of our projects requires strategic alliances and partnerships with national and international organisations.
We will develop long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations with complementary skills and resources and who share our values.
Strengthen client focus
Attracting, retaining and building closer relationships with the best clients is fundamental to our future success and to achieve our purpose and vision.
As such, we will implement an effective Client Relationship Management system that facilitates and strengthens client care.
Improve business performance management
To help us get a clear indication of whether the activities we undertake are helping us achieve our vision, we will take an integrated approach to business performance management by setting targets, measuring and reviewing performance against these and where necessary redefining goals.
At an individual level, this should help us become more productive, more skilful and better informed; at the organisational level, it will help us improve our processes, systems and procedures.
Sharpen our marketing and business development
We aim to establish IMC Worldwide as a distinct and recognisable brand that is known for delivering superior socio-economic outcomes by enabling people to connect more effectively – both the beneficiaries of our projects and the people who work on the projects.
We understand what our clients want early in the process and then plan, prepare, package and promote our response to their needs effectively at the right time and at the right price.
IMC Worldwide Ltd (IMC) is fully committed to promoting the highest standards of responsible behaviour throughout our business and to do no harm.
Every move and investment IMC make towards acknowledging our social responsibilities will keep central our core values and harmonise with global and local priorities.
To accelerate sustainable outcomes by going above and beyond in our actions, deliver enduring progress for all our stakeholders and lead the way for CSR in the development sector.
The IMC Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy sets out:
Adopting the ISO Guidance on Corporate Responsibility (ISO 26000) across all IMC and project offices globally, we will strictly implement and actively ensure:
Acting to accelerate the emergence of sustainability, is a natural choice for a business whose mission is ‘to enable the most disadvantaged populations make the connections with services and with resources in increasingly productive and sustainable ways, so they can advance, for the benefit of us all’.
IMC will channel its CSR resources to support initiatives in two thematic areas: developing People and Platforms.
IMC will invest to strengthen those most vulnerable among our people and promote the progress of women and youth.
IMC Charity Fund
The aim of the Charity Fund is to ‘help charitable and sustainable projects or programmes with the ambition of alleviating poverty in countries where IMC has a presence or strategic interest’. The Charity Fund provides grants based on applications made by IMC staff such as supporting local staff in Nepal post the earthquake in 2015 to mitigate personal losses to homes.
To read more about how the Charity Fund was spent in 2015, click here.
IMC initiatives in this thematic area aim to be transformative. Working based on bigger and inclusive visions of change, we will support ecosystem activities that address systemic constraints, focus on shifting paradigms and recognise changes at scale. Acting as a convener IMC will:
Efforts will be directed to promote innovation, contribute to the SDG agenda and to support ideas with potential to bring sector wide disruption, looking for connections, building connections and transcending these connections to effect change.
We are a values-based organisation. Our values determine what we do as both a business and as teams and individuals, including the decisions we make, how we behave, and how we connect and interact with our beneficiaries, clients, partners and each other.
Each of us adopts, owns and consistently applies our values in our work. Our values include:
Integrity: We do the ‘right thing’, ethically and professionally. We have a steadfast adherence to a strict moral and ethical code. We bring honesty and sincerity to our work, including being candid with all stakeholders, and providing them with the insights and solutions that are fit for purpose and that produce maximum, inclusive social and economic value for all, including our beneficiaries and clients.
Customer focus: We have two equally important customers – the beneficiaries of our work and the organisations that fund our projects. Their interests always come first. We do what it takes to serve them best and we constantly seek to maximise the social, economic and environmental impact of our work for them.
Collaboration: We recognise that the complexity and scale of the issues we address require bringing together different types of expertise, working with numerous different stakeholders, and often enlisting the support of other organisations as the issues are often beyond the resources and expertise of a single institution. To succeed, collaboration is essential. We embrace and excel at mutually beneficial collaboration, connecting people and resources, internally and externally – nationally, regionally and globally.
Shared knowledge: Knowledge is the foundation of everything we do. We share knowledge to ensure we all make informed, evidence-based decisions, and learn from our successes and failures.
Trust: Trust is the essential ingredient of our relationships. Only in a relationship of trust between the key stakeholders in our projects can the full value of our services be realised. We take time to understand stakeholders’ needs and build the relationships needed for effective collaboration.
Innovation: We recognise that international development has its failings, like all sectors, and that new approaches are required to improve outcomes for beneficiaries and value for money for clients.
We constantly seek ways to improve our effectiveness, efficiency and economy, drawing on our collective creativity, ingenuity and knowledge. We look for opportunities to innovate in the services we deliver; our business development, and our operations. We actively encourage our people to be entrepreneurial and creative.
Courage: We are risk aware but not risk averse and do not shy away from tough challenges. We seize opportunities, based on a clear understanding of what can realistically be achieved.
We have the courage to say what we think is right, the integrity to stick to our principles, and the determination to see it through.
Excellence: Only the best will do. The beneficiaries of our work deserve it, and our clients require it to sustain and build their relationships with us. We seek to recruit people and partners who believe this, who will go the extra mile to make it happen and who will create and deliver value.
We constantly question our solutions against the yardstick of excellence, taking into account the practical realities of the contexts in which we operate.
Originated in the 1950s as T.P. O’Sullivan
1991: Merged in 1991 with the Graham Group to form O’Sullivan & Graham
O’Sullivan and Graham acquired Coode Blizard
1997: Acquired by WSP in 1997. WSP International was formed.
2000: Renamed to WSP imc
2002: WSP International Sweden established
2004: WSP imc and WSP International Sweden integrated
2011: Management buy-out of WSP imc from WSP
2015: Secondary buy-out of shareholding of private equity partner
IMC Worldwide Ltd’s policy on business integrity is outlined in two parts: a Code of Ethics and aCode of Lead, Bid and Project Conduct.
Our Code of Ethics outlines the ethical principles of IMC and its staff, representing the aspirations of the firm at the business level.
Our Code of Lead, Bid and Project Conduct translates these principles into practical guidance, empowering IMC and its staff and business partners and their employees to realise these aspirations.
In addition, our Code of Lead, Bid and Project Conduct has been developed and enforced for the practical purpose of protecting IMC, its staff and business partners from acts of corruption and the potential criminal liabilities incumbent upon us should we find ourselves party to such acts.
Specifically, it recognises the responsibilities of IMC as a UK-registered firm under the UK Bribery Act 2010, and its responsibilities in accordance with the relevant laws, statutes and codes applicable in the countries in which we operate.
IMC will amend this code as and when necessary to reflect changes in national legislation, international agreements etc.
As part of our commitment to achieving the principles laid down in our Code of Ethics, IMC has assigned a Managing Director and Board Director responsible for Business Compliance and Ethics, charged with ensuring the firm maintains its commitment to combat corruption, and continues to promote a zero-tolerance approach on the issue to our clients and business partners.
The Board and staff of IMC Worldwide have adopted and operate according to the IMC Worldwide Ethics and Anti-Corruption Policy Statement.
The above five-page business ethics policy must be signed by all IMC staff, business partners, and independent consultants.
It has been developed to reinforce our commitment to honest and truthfulness and for the practical purposes of protecting IMC Worldwide Ltd, its staff and business partners from acts of corruption, modern slavery (slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, bonded labour) or human trafficking and the potential criminal liabilities.
IMC Worldwide continues to grow and succeed in scaling up the positive impacts of our work on the poor and disadvantaged around the world. During 2015, we:
Throughout 2015, we delivered an impressive portfolio of multi-disciplinary work and secured over 50 new projects. In Pakistan, a high-quality innovative design and construction programme will allow and encourage an additional 1.5 million new students to attend school.
The Connect to Grow Programme, meanwhile, is creating partnerships between innovators in India and emerging innovators in developing countries.
In the Caribbean, we are strengthening business incubators to support entrepreneurial growth.
In Nepal, we are working to increase investments in large-scale infrastructure, economic growth and employment creation.
Around south Asia, we are conducting research that will improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes to address violence against women and girls in the region.
Meanwhile, the award of a major project to conduct Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning from the International Climate Fund (ICF) will help improve the generation, dissemination and uptake of data, evidence and knowledge from across the ICF portfolio worldwide.
In June, our senior management team and directors met to discuss future growth and direction of the business. These discussions led to a revised Purpose, Values, Vision and Strategic Priorities document, published at the end of 2015.
The plan will help to guide us into the next phase of our growth, position us in current and future markets as a leading international development consultancy, and differentiate us further from competitors.
Two years ago, we registered IMC in the United States and have since made steady progress, now leading three 5-year Millennium Challenge Corporation frameworks covering environment, social, M&E, transport and engineering.
We are also involved in four USAID frameworks covering cities and urban, M&E and transport and engineering. In 2016, we will continue to build up US operations through recruitment and enhanced support from the UK business.
We launched the IMC Charity Fund to support charitable and sustainable projects aimed at alleviating poverty in developing countries. In response to the Nepal earthquake in April, the Charity Fund supported our Nepali staff in funding repairs to their damaged houses.
As you will read in this report, the hard work, passion and talent of our staff has enabled us to achieve much during 2015, and we are well-positioned to continue our remarkable story in 2016 and beyond.