DanChurchAid (DCA) sees great potential in collaborating with companies that are interested in making their operations more sustainable and who wish to also seek benefits for the most vulnerable people. We apply our specialised knowledge in various types of private sector engagements to meet the growing interest and demand from the business community.
For example, by combining DCA’s expertise on challenges in sustainable development with companies’ technical skills and innovative capacity, we can develop concrete business concepts or interventions that benefit both vulnerable groups and the companies themselves. As one of Denmark’s largest and most respected humanitarian organisations, we can provide business partners with:
A principled approach
Working with the private sector requires a focus on profitability and business needs, but we ensure responsibility by adhering to and promoting the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), as outlined in our Human Rights Policy and CSR Guidelines. DCA is also fully committed to the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strive to ensure the realisation of the goals through advocacy activities and strategic engagements with private entities.
By committing to the UNGPs and SDGs, DCA can align with strategic sustainability objectives of businesses and define concrete objectives for interventions and collaborations that can result in lasting impacts and promote a life in dignity for all. DCA has special expertise on climate change issues, including renewable energy investments, the IT and tech sector and, not least, the agricultural sector and global value chains, including how to protect and promote smallholder farmers.
In addition to engaging in partnerships, DCA also seeks to provide constructive contributions to broader policy debates on the role of businesses in promoting sustainable development, responsible investments and global climate action in accordance with the UNGPs and the 2015 Paris Declaration.
This includes engaging in international fora and with institutional and private investors, such as the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), and providing input to multinational companies operating in developing countries. The global advocacy work also includes contributions to, and monitoring of, implementation of the SDGs on a Danish, European and international level. DCA is also represented in the ACT Alliance’s European Union (EU) focal group on the SDGs, which monitors the EU’s efforts towards the SDGs and the Paris Principles (2030 Agenda)