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Our Work

Embode has had the privilege of working on a number of important projects with a diverse array of client and partner organisations, from corporate to non-profit. In an increasingly interconnected world, all types of organisations are coming together to work on social issues because they impact us all.


Our growing portfolio of work includes initiatives that called for the integration of experience and expertise across child and social protection, responsible business and organisational analysis. The following are a few of our current and past projects.

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Conducting a situational assessment of the cocoa value chain and communities in India

2018 - Current

Embode is conducting a situational assessment of cocoa growing in the Indian context for Cocoa Life India. This includes an assessment of community needs, gender and child labour in cocoa growing regions.

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Conducting an assessment of labour conditions in the garment value chain in Vietnam

2018 - Current

Embode is conducting an assessment on labour conditions in the garment and fashion value chain to support Anti-Slavery’s EU Advocacy Project.

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Developing a guidance on ‘Sustainable Business Responses on Child Labour Guidance in Corporate Supply Chains’

2018 - Current

Embode is drafting a paper on ‘Sustainable Business Responses to Child Labour’ as guidance for corporations in their supply chains and operations. As part of this work, Embode also designed and facilitated an Action Lab at the Global Child Forum in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2018, with royal, corporate, UN, government, NGO and academic participants from all over the world.

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Expert Social and Labour Monitoring Group for shrimp farms and fishery supply chains

2016 - Ongoing

Embode is a member of the Expert Social Monitoring Group for shrimp farms and fisheries developing a set of integrative indicators for social and labour monitoring to be piloted using an electronic data gathering system. The group is headed and hosted by Fairagora and includes experts from across sectors.

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Analysing the Gaps and Opportunities to Women’s Empowerment efforts across the Cocoa Life programme in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia

2018

Embode provided an analysis of gaps, opportunities and recommendations for Cocoa Life’s Women’s Empowerment efforts throughout its programme in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. This involved a desk-based review of all programme documentation, visits to cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia as well as providing technical input to workshops with all programme partners in Abidjan, Accra and Jakarta.

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Reviewing and Assessment National Advocacy Strategies for Child Wellbeing in Thailand

2017 - 2018

In partnership with Influence Global (as lead agency), Embode reviewed and assessed the relevance and effectiveness of UNICEF Thailand’s advocacy strategies over the 2012 to 2016 Country Programme. This involved a comprehensive evaluation process and a series of workshops and consultations.

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Assessing Accountabilities in relation to Migrant Labour in the Palm Oil sector in Malaysia

2017 - 2018

Embode undertook an assessment of accountabilities in relation to migrant labour in the palm oil value chain and sector in Malaysia. The objective of this assessment, and resulting recommendations, is to contribute to the increased understanding of the situation and to help forge a pathway for the sector to respond to risks.

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Developing a Guiding Manual on Good Practices in Adolescent Participation in Cambodia

2017 - 2018

Embode is currently developing a Guiding Manual and Good Practices on Adolescent Participation in Policy Dialogue and Programme Development in Cambodia. The manual includes an overview of national and international frameworks, policies and legislation.

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Contextual Scoping of Cocoa Life India

2017

Embode provided programmatic consultancy to Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life initiative in relation to the specific Indian context and implications for sustainability standards.

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Facilitating Education Week 2017 for Asia and Middle East

2017

Embode provided facilitation and design support to Save the Children’s Education Week 2017 for technical staff from across Asia and the Middle East. The conference took place in New Delhi, India.

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Systems Leadership Development for Senior Management Teams - Thailand

2017

Embode delivered two systems leadership workshops for the Senior Management and BEST/PREPS programme teams in Save the Children in Thailand. A bespoke report analysing organisational leadership and recommendations was also drawn up.

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National situational assessments of child labour and child slavery in the cocoa sectors of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia

2015 - 2017

Embode has been conducting a broad-scale assessment of child labour and child slavery in the cocoa sectors on Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Indonesia. This has included the development and refinement of methodological tools for each country assessment, a comprehensive literature review, field visits to each country encompassing stakeholder consultations with cocoa-growing communities, government, private sector, UN and NGOs and international experts, data analysis, report drafting and publication. Embode has also provided ongoing advisory consultancy to Mondelēz International relating to the implementation of the recommendations.

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Power mapping and stakeholder analysis of ESG integration across the Asian Financial Sector for Oxfam Novib

2017

Embode provided analytical and technical support to a power mapping and stakeholder analysis of ESG (environment, social and governance standards) integration across the Asian Financial Sector for Oxfam Novib.

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Scoping and Public Sentiment Review of top campaign-able issues across East Asia for Lush

2017

Embode scoped top campaign-able issues and public sentiment across human rights, animal welfare and the environment for Lush, the handmade cosmetics brand, in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Thailand.

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Delivered a Change Management session at East Asia Regional Conference

2017

Embode delivered a session on ‘Transforming Experience in Managing Organisational Change’ to the British Council East Asia Regional Conference.

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Facilitation of #EdTech Roundtable - Asia Pacific

2017

Embode facilitated Save the Children's #EdTech Roundtable held in Singapore, bringing together their Global Education Team and leading Tech Industry participants Vodafone, Huawei, Frog Design, Toladata, Cognizant, Accenture, Microsoft and Standard Chartered. Our consultancy also included preparation for the Roundtable and facilitation of pre and post meetings.

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Webinar on ‘child protection in cocoa communities’

2017

Embode delivered a webinar on ‘child protection in cocoa communities’ to the Cargill Cocoa Promise (CCP) Sustainability team.

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Facilitation and organisational consultancy to child basic education programme - Thailand

2016

Embode provided organisational consultancy to Save the Children International in Thailand and their consortium partners in reviewing and renegotiating terms of the partnership. This included the design and facilitation of partnership meetings in order to enable optimal communication and renew agreements between the organisations.

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Co-design of and technical consultancy for an Asia Regional Counter Trafficking in Persons Programme

2016

Embode co-designed and provided technical advisory to FHI 360 and collaborators for an Asia Regional Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program. This included focused project design and drafting on private sector engagement as well as partnership brokering with other organisational stakeholders in the region.

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Evaluation of the Safe SEAs programme (a 5-year national programme responding to child sexual exploitation and abuse) in Cambodia

2015

Embode designed, coordinated and conducted an evaluation of the Safe SEAs (Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) programme which included the development of evaluation tools, training and coordination of evaluation data-gatherers, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report write up, and provision of clear recommendations to World Vision International in Cambodia.

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Institutionalisation of child safe tourism capacity in Lao PDR

2015

Embode delivered ‘child safe tourism’ training-for-trainers to LANITH (the Lao PDR National Institute for Tourism and Hospitality) and provided coaching and technical backstopping in their inaugural child safe tourism training event in Champasak province.

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Development and preparation of a project proposal for an initiative against child trafficking in Ghana

2015

Embode scoped, designed and developed a project proposal for an international donor for World Vision US and Ghana. This included facilitating a project development workshop with staff personnel in Ghana as well as devising and writing up a technical design and project proposal for submission.

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Review of key emerging social causes in Thailand

2015

Embode conducted a brief review of key emerging social causes in Thailand for Love Frankie, as part of a scoping assignment for an international socially-progressive confectionary brand who were seeking to commence operations in the country.