We know and understand the complexity of our proposition. We also know and understand that small projects can have big effects in alleviating risks and contributing positively to improving life outcomes.


The Centre for Innovation at Leiden University completed extensive research into the complexities and opportunities of adopting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The research highlights the multiple relationships that exist among the 17 goals. The challenge is to better understand the interrelation between SDGs and how policies that contribute to their realisation could complement each other. Institutions working on specific areas of sustainable development tend to explore and focus on limited aspects of the SDG roadmap. The following study provides an overview of the various links between the sustainable development goals throughout key policy documents - with a specific focus on the message that relates to urban development (SDG 11). The Centre for Innovation has developed an interactive (automated) classifier to identify how certain policies (texts) relate to specific aspects and how these focus areas might be addressed in relation to each other.

The classifier has been trained on the basis of the formulation of SDGs and their pertaining targets. Take a look at the complexity of the problem at the following link.


Our work aligns with the UNITED NATIONS NEW URBAN AGENDA (Habitat III) our projects support science, research and innovation, including a focus on social, technological, digital and nature-based innovation, robust science-policy that interfaces in urban and territorial planning and policy formulation and generates open source mechanisms for sharing and exchanging information, knowledge and expertise, including the collection, analysis, standardisation and dissemination of geographically based, community-collected, high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migration status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national, regional and local contexts, respecting privacy rights and all human rights obligations and commitments.


Our partners expect us to have high ethical standards in everything we do. We are expected to not have any conflict between our own interests and our obligations to the communities we work with. All of our business partners comply with our Statement of Business Ethics and know and understand the standards the Statement promotes. Our values are committed to good governance and transparent and accountable practices. Economic, environmental and social sustainability practices. Excellence, respect, integrity and making a difference. We act with integrity – consciously informed by a framework of core values and principles that are given consistent, practical effect.  Our consultants and project partners are accountable for their conduct, to be evaluated in the light of our Ethics Framework Policy, (1) Fostering a collegial community based on mutual trust; (2) Respecting the intrinsic dignity of all persons; (3) Promoting equality of opportunity; and (4) Neither initiating nor colluding in harmful acts.


Our global team of consultants work via a Memorandum of Understanding (Consulting Services Agreement) (“MOU”) and this is designed to be signed as a preliminary non-binding heads of terms document and sets out terms of reference, code of ethics and privacy statements. Once your project scope is developed the MOU is then followed by a binding detailed, definitive Consulting Services Agreement under which the consultant’s agree to provide consulting services to our project partners and business clients. Using an MOU such as this allows for project teams to develop their own mutually agreed terms and prevents cultural misunderstandings. It also aids the process of focusing on and agreeing all of the important legal and commercial points that need to be dealt with by the definitive, binding, Consulting Services Agreement.


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