● Click here to download the GLOBAL RANKINGS Table
● Click here to download the LOCAL and REGIONAL RANKINGS Table
The Financial Times/Dalberg partnership rankings are a pioneering effort to provide a detailed assessment of the quality of the non-governmental organisations and United Nations’ agencies with which private-sector companies have established long-term working relationships.
These partnerships include donations of time, money, products and premises; advocacy and awareness programmes; and activites linked to core business activities such as creating employment.
Dalberg Global Development Advisers, a consultancy which developed the idea, worked with the UN Global Compact and other organisations to draw up a list of 20,000 companies.
Dalberg identified 865 corporate partnerships with NGOs, polled the 445 companies involved on their views, and drew up a shortlist from their responses of 554 organisations to study in further detail.
The partnerships were assessed by the companies on four criteria, each ranked on a scale of 1 to 5:
Accountability: upholding a strong relationship by committing to milestones, disclosing problems and engaging with the partnering company
Adaptability: appreciating the company’s goals, understanding its strengths and weaknesses, and leveraging its expertise in the partnership
Communication: responding to company requests for relevant, timely and concise information
Execution: acquiring the capacity and resources to deliver, demonstrating flexibility to enhance outcomes and partnership expectations
From more than 42 “global” agencies with which a minimum of three companies had entered partnership arrangements, the 34 listed in the first table stood out with scores of at least 3.5.
Since each user may have different criteria, each of the four ranks was listed. But the Financial Times also calculated an average performance figure to provide an overall rank order.
The second table above identifies a further 38 regional and local non-governmental organisations that were rated highly by their corporate partners.
However, because some had partnered with only one or two companies, no formal numerical rankings were assigned.
Details of the full Dalberg business guide for partnerships is available from www.ft.com/reports/philanthropy2007.