The Partnering Initiative is dedicated to driving widespread, systematic and effective collaboration between civil society, government and companies towards a sustainable future.

We have been supporting cross-sector and multi-stakeholder collaborations for over 20 years, promoting partnering standards and improving partnership innovation, reach and impact.

TPI works with all sectors to promote and develop effective collaboration, providing organisational development services, including strategic advice and partnership evaluation, as well as training and capacity building programmes which promote new standards of professional practice. Further we work at the systems level – building the enabling environment and creating platforms to promote and support partnerships to deliver transformational change.

We are committed to capturing our experiences of partnership and developing cutting-edge theory from all our programmes. We continually create and renew our practical tools, processes and approaches which support collaborations reaching their full potential. Our toolbooks, case studies and research papers promote new standards of partnering practice and build practitioners skills and knowledge around the world. These are available to download for free, through the Resources section of this website.

Wherever beneficial, we work in partnership with other organisations to help achieve the greatest impact.

Founded in 2003 as a collaboration between the International Business Leaders Forum and the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry, and later run as a programme of IBLF, TPI became an independent, not-for-profit organisation in September 2013.

In this unique book – part memoir, part confessional, part manifesto for leadership – we hear a leading voice from the front line of corporate responsibility.


  • The ultimate insider’s view of corporate responsibility and ethics from the boardrooms of some of the world’s largest corporations
  • New ideas on how to seek collaborative solutions to the market failures of climate change and corruption
  • How Shell dealt with the Brent Spar and Ken Saro-Wiwa controversies and what they learnt
  • A manifesto for responsible leadership
  • Dilemmas and lessons from the front line of corporate responsibility
  • With forewords by Mark Malloch-Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary-General and Sir Robert Wilson, KCMG, former Executive Chairman of Rio Tinto plc; former Chairman of BG Group plc

Student Perspective: Will we be diverse leaders?

“True or false: I have worked in at least two of the three major sectors in our society (business, government, non-profit).”

This was the first in a series of questions posed to Wharton MBA students at a recent guest lecture that I attended by Nick Lovegrove. Mr Lovegrove, Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group and Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company, is an active proponent of the need for “triple strength leadership”.

See full article here

PRIMA helps executives and public officials manage high-impact risks and opportunities in socio-political systems in order to identify and influence stakeholder coalitions to influence public policy and corporate reputation.


Mission Statement

PRIMA identifies and quantifies high-impact risks and high-yield opportunities in complex sociopolitical and infrastructure systems. We provide our clients with actionable insights by analyzing vast quantities of data to identify the stakeholder positions with the greatest potential impact on financial performance or mission attainment.

Markets We Serve

PRIMA’s clients share a common concern: the profound impact that critical stakeholder coalitions or complex system interactions may have on financial performance or mission attainment. Whether the system in question is…

  1. Bullet a political system in which policymakers with different powers seek to accommodate organized interest groups with different priorities, or
  2. Bullet a social system in which organized interest groups attempt to shape the perceptions of ordinary consumers and voters

PRIMA assists private executives and public officials by identifying the stakeholder coalitions or infrastructure system architectures toward which limited risk mitigation resources can be most effectively directed.

For more information, see presentation here

NB: Witold J. Henisz is a principal in PRIMA LLC

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