CSR consulting

CSR Agency Consulting firm Experts Specialists Consultancy

For more than 30 years, our team has been supporting industrial everyday leaders, innovative SMEs and start-ups, as well as institutions, in their CSR-related innovation and development projects.

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    How we support our clients in their CSR projects

    Founded in 1993, Alcimed is a consulting firm specialized in innovation and new markets development in life sciences. Spread over our 8 offices in the world (in France, Europe, Singapore and the USA), our team of 220 high-level explorers supports everyday decision-makers and business departments (marketing, research, innovation, strategy, CSR, etc.) in their innovation and new market development projects.

    Our CSR-related projects cover subjects as diverse as defining CSR strategies, implementing circular economy approaches, building materiality matrices, defining eco-designed user pathways, researching alternative raw materials, biomaterials, waste valorization, recyclability, green industrialization, developing sustainable packaging, and many more!

    And our activities are not limited to CSR. The diversity of our clients (manufacturers, ETIs, innovative start-ups, institutions, etc.), the subjects we deal with, and the geographical areas we explore, enable us to master a wide range of missions and develop recognized expertise in our specialized sectors.

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    Examples of projects carried out for our clients in CSR

    • Supporting a player in the defense sector in its strategic reflections on decarbonization

      Our client wanted an overview of future low-carbon and decarbonized renewable energies that would meet military operational requirements, in order to better orient its future studies.

      To do this, we conducted a 3-step investigation: first, we defined the army’s playgrounds and segmented the related uses, then our team identified and segmented the relevant low-carbon and decarbonized energy types, before characterizing and selecting the most relevant technologies for our client.

      Finally, 40 energy bricks were analyzed to create an overview report of the army’s future renewable energies, thanks to which our client was able to build its strategy.

    • Assessing the opportunity to switch from a bottled product to a bulk product and its impact on the business model for a cosmetics company

      We supported a cosmetics player who wanted to reduce its environmental impact by transforming one of its products currently sold in pharmacies in a bottle to a bulk product in a container. As a first step, we verified that a bulk formula could make sense for their markets and customers.

      We then sought to understand how it would affect pharmacists. For example, who would be responsible for asepsis? How would the storage be managed? What would be the impact on the point of sale? Lastly, we defined a new business model more adapted to this new offer and mapped out the new stakeholders to consider.

      What was the result for our client? A clear vision of the changes brought about in the market by its new offer, as well as a roadmap to best accommodate the changes.

    • Definition of a materiality matrix for an energy player

      ESG questions are becoming a crucial issue, notably for our client, who needed to adapt to new demands from banks, rating agencies, stakeholders and the grand public, in terms of environmental, social, and ethical approaches.
      Our client had put in place local action plans, but they were not fully coordinated, and the communication around these plans was isolated.
      The client wished to identify amongst the actions put in place which were the most impactful, and challenge them with an external point of view in order to build their strategic vision and their communication around the management of their ESG issues in the general sense. We supported this organization by:

      • Mapping out the actions put in place by conducting interviews with the people in charge of these actions
      • Identifying and selecting key criteria for stakeholders by benchmarking the strategies claimed by key players in the sector
      • Building their sustainability strategy together with them, by putting in place a materiality matrix and prioritizing the key challenges
      • Working on the strategy and plans of action associated based on the existing plans

      Our assessment allowed the client to define a CSR strategy in line with the expectations of the market and their ecosystem, as well as clear areas of communication.

    • Challenging the credibility, ambition, and exhaustiveness of the CSR strategy of a leader in the phytosanitary and seed field

      Alcimed supported a leader in the phytosanitary and seed field who had recently defined its CSR commitments and selected the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on which it wanted to focus. Our client wanted a critical review of its strategy by players in its ecosystem before moving on to the implementation stage. We examined the commitments and SDGs chosen with KOLs and CSR leaders in the agricultural value chain, focusing on 3 questions:

      1. Was our client perceived as credible and competent to work on the selected UN SDGs?
      2. Were the commitments sufficiently ambitious and clearly defined, and were the associated KPIs adapted?
      3. What were the gaps our client needed to fill?

      Following this assessment, we were able to help our client to finalize their selection of UN SDGs and enter the implementation phase with a solid foundation.

    • Developing a CSR pitch to support the response to public calls for tender in healthcare

      We supported a pharmaceutical player who was seeking to strengthen its application for public contracts by reinforcing its differentiation arguments based not only on its products and services but also on its CSR policy.

      To do this, we identified the expectations of the authorities in the respective countries in terms of CSR and deciphered the weight of CSR criteria when choosing awardees. By coupling this vision of demand with an analysis of the CSR policies of our client’s competitors, we developed a pitch and a toolbox for each of the countries within the scope of the call and proposed some avenues to improve our client’s CSR performance!

    • Support for an industrial leader in food and beverages in the identification of innovative solutions for reducing the weight of its packaging in a sustainable packaging approach

      We supported one of our clients, an industrial leader in the food and beverage sector, in achieving a state of the art on packaging solutions and innovations related to weight reduction, meeting the objectives of conservation, storage of products, and reduction of the environmental footprint.

      We first identified the key trends in the field of packaging weight reduction (solutions around materials, production processes and design methods). We then identified 30 solutions and characterized the 10 most relevant innovations in relation to our client’s context, by creating an interactive database and a specific identity card for each solution retained.

      Our analysis enabled our client to identify several possible solutions to achieve their packaging goals.

    • Identification and characterization of the impacts of eco-design on the ecosystem of a health player

      We supported a leading pharmaceutical player in a project aiming to study the impact of eco-designing their medications on their ecosystem (doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, patient associations, payers, regulators, etc).

      Through an in-depth external investigation, our team measured the impact of ecological design levers on the entire life cycle of our client’s products, and provided a set of recommendations on priority actions to be integrated in the short, medium, and long term, with the aim of transforming our client’s development strategy into a green design approach.

    • Constructing a CSR management tool in R&D and implementing its governance for an agrifood manufacturer

      We helped one of our clients, a leading agrifood manufacturer, to develop a decision-making tool for R&D, so that all CSR dimensions could be integrated from the very first stages of the concept, including product design, materials, purchases, the ethics of its positioning, etc.

      We first worked on the CSR pillars in order to define each criterion and the KPIs to be considered when making product development decisions. We then defined how and by whom this tool would be used in order to open up decision-making. This tool is now used in each of their R&D programs and guides their innovation decisions.

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