Stone Soup Consulting souhaite élargir son réseau international d’experts en France.

Nous recherchons des consultants avec de l’expérience de conseil dans les domaines de la stratégie et des opérations, et spécialisés en évaluation des résultats et de l’impact social, business model social, levée de fonds et stratégies d’essaimage, en particulier.

Stone Soup recherche des professionnels expérimentés, ayant une connaissance et expérience mixtes, dans le monde de l’entreprise et dans le secteur associatif, une capacité à gérer des projets et à animer des ateliers et groupes de travail, une bonne maîtrise de l’anglais, 5 ans d’expérience professionnelle minimum, une disponibilité réelle pour s’engager afin de participer à la mise en place de nouveaux projets et au développement de l’organisation.

Stone Soup offre la possibilité de faire partie d’un réseau multiculturel et multidisciplinaire, qui travaille en équipe, dans une ambiance créative, ouverte et flexible (basée sur les nouvelles technologies de l’information).

Fondé en 2008, Stone Soup Consulting est un cabinet de conseil à dimension sociale. Organisée en réseau de consultants, notre entreprise travaille avec différents types d’organisations (fondations, associations, entrepreneurs sociaux, entreprises, investisseurs sociaux) qui veulent accroître leur valeur sociale.

Intervenant de préférence en tant que partenaire plus qu’en tant que simple conseiller, Stone Soup Consulting accompagne les organisations dans leur effort de maximisation de leur valeur sociale. Pour cela nous utilisons des processus de réflexion collectifs, afin de développer et mettre en place des stratégies de consolidation et croissance des organisations.

EDP, a major Portuguese global electric operator, ​​is a customer of Stone Soup Consulting in Portugal and it is gradually expanding its business in Spain. This growth goes hand in hand with an expansion of its CSR and social action through its Foundation. An important part of this social action is its "EDP Solidarity" Programme; an annual call for social projects with a total budget of 500,000 euros.

Stone Soup Consulting started supporting EDP by preparing the start of this programme in Spain, based on the Portuguese practice. However, in Spain, the programme had a really special hallmark as the jury responsible for assessing the projects submitted is part of the company’s staff.

My work as a consultant for EDP began with the preparation and delivery of a short practical training for employees who were part of the jury. It was an interesting but complex mission as we had to convey sufficient knowledge to properly evaluate a wide variety of projects to people with varied professional backgrounds and sometimes far from the social sphere. On the other hand they were very interested in taking part of the process and incorporating the programme as part of the company’s work with the community.  

Stone Soup procura colaborador/a administrativo-financeiro

A Stone Soup Consulting é uma empresa de vocação social cuja missão é a maximização do impacto social das organizações e iniciativas sociais. Procuramos um/a colaborador/a para apoio, em regime de teletrabalho e part-time, em tarefas administrativas e financeiras, preferencialmente residente na Grande Lisboa. As tarefas incluem, entre outras, digitalização de documentação e arquivo documental, expedição de correspondência, controlo orçamental e de faturação, gestão de tesouraria, conciliação bancária  e preparação de documentos financeiros para contabilista. Embora com sede em Portugal, é uma empresa internacional, pelo que se exige também conhecimentos de língua inglesa.

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Clara de Bienassis and Sophie Robin, both partners at Stone Soup Consulting, recently attended the annual European Venture Philantropy Association conference, of which Stone Soup Consulting is a member, in Casa de America, an old and elegant place at the very heart of Madrid.

As usual, the event was a success with 500 people attending and more in the waiting-list. Unfortunately as it seems, many important Spanish players of the philanthropic sector did not attend the conference, showing that -despite the important and regular increase of members of the association- there is still an important number of organisations implementing philanthropy in a more classical, less hands-on approach. At least, that is the first reason that comes to mind.

Despite these noted absences, the event was a perfect place to showcase the incredible rise of the venture philanthropic world in Southern Europe. And here is another interesting tendency: in this event, the world "venture philanthropy" was largely overtaken by that of "impact investment". Indeed, in Spain and in other countries, it seems that both concepts are converging in such a way that some new comers even find it difficult to differentiate them.

Impact with a social investment philosophy

In impact investment, which used to be balanced between impact-only (grant type, no return expected) to impact first (with or without expected returns), the latter is clearly now dominating the space. Again, the young and fast growing Spanish industry is a reflection of that: of the 18 members, around 10% are philanthropic entities with a donations-based philosophy, whilst around 30% are or include a social investment philosophy.

An interesting trend, which will probably get stronger over the next few years given the European Investment Fund and the European Commission push for it, is the interest of impact investors currently acting mainly in their own country to grow outside their traditional frontiers. That will mean that new collaborative patterns will emerge with cross-cultural investments in social enterprises, which might lead to more expansion of the impact of social enterprises outside their natural playground.