Profit Redefined -- Management Consulting

Council Fire is a global management consultancy that helps purpose-driven organizations thrive by creating lasting economic, social and environmental value.

We listen to, collaborate with, and empower our clients to develop and implement customized strategies informed by insightful data-driven analysis, innovative and effective stakeholder engagement, creative and powerful branding and communications that drive action, and a system of continuous learning and adaptation to sustain organizational success.

We have a highly experienced team of lawyers, economists, scientists, financiers, communicators, marketers and other sustainability professionals. We utilize a highly innovative, integrated and collaborative approach to create customized strategies informed by insightful data-driven analysis, implement innovative and effective stakeholder engagement plans, craft brand strategies and communications that compel key audiences and transform behaviors, and leverage a system of continuous learning and adaptation that enables lasting organizational success.   

 
$5,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Washington, DC
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Environmental Defense Fund

Whalton Family Foundation

Maryland Environmental Service

NRG

World Bank

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Marine Stewardship Council

China Light & Power

Zoma Capital

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Consulting for Sustainable Fishing Nonprofit

“They brought a valuable big-picture perspective to the project, which benefitted our final results.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Council Fire coordinated a multi-stakeholder project in the Mid-Atlantic region with an international nonprofit focused on sustainable fishing. The team researched and selected fisheries to focus the project on, assembled a Steering Committee, and facilitated meetings to improve those fisheries.  

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Marin Hawk
Fisheries Outreach Manager, Marine Stewardship Council
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Overall, Council Fire was a valuable partner. They have excellent project management and customer service skills, communicating responsively and showing active interest in the work. Their industry experience and regional reputation were key to the engagement’s success.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the fisheries outreach manager for the Marine Stewardship Council. It’s a nonprofit based in London that is dedicated to improving practices in fisheries all over the world. I manage relationships with our members, as well as those interested in joining.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Council Fire?

We hold “preassessment projects” with our members. These involve analyzing several fisheries’ processes, having the results looked over by a committee, and sharing recommendations for improvement. They also raise awareness for our program. Members join voluntarily, so industry visibility is crucial to our success.

For this engagement, we wanted to conduct a preassessment for five fisheries in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US to encourage others to join our program. We needed a vendor to provide consulting services and guide us through the project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Council Fire helped us through the three phases of the preassessment project for the Mid-Atlantic region. First, we gathered information and mapped out a plan. Their team put together a thorough profile of all regional fisheries, and we picked the best candidates to engage in the project. Then, we started forming an advisory council to act as the assessment committee. Council Fire helped us organize a 15-person panel with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. We hired a third-party to visit each fishery and review their location and practices and shared those resulted with the committee. Based on the provided analysis, they put together recommendations on how each fishery could improve their operation. Council Fire was involved in each of those phases, and we’re now working to implement the suggested improvements.

What is the team composition?

I work closely with George (President & CEO, Council Fire), Scott (Consultant, Council Fire), and Katie (Office Manager, Council Fire).

How did you come to work with Council Fire?

One of my colleagues used to work with Scott and introduced us. He connected me with the larger Council Fire team. After some deliberating, we chose them because they had experience working with fisheries and had contacts in the Mid-Atlantic region.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $60,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We signed a contract in April 2017, but they did about a year’s worth of pro-bono work before that. Our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Everyone involved in this effort has enjoyed the process. Council Fire’s communication skills assure we’re always moving forward. They’re actively engaged with us even when there isn’t much work to do. They brought a valuable big-picture perspective to the project, which benefitted our final results. Overall, it’s been a great experience so far.

How did Council Fire perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent. At the beginning of the project, I visited their office. From then on, we spoke through phone calls and emails. Their team was also present anytime we met with the assessment committee.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They have a lot of experience in the sustainability sector, which sets them apart from other providers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, everything went well.

Any advice for potential customers?

Clients should set our clear objectives for the Council Fire team because they’re very goal-oriented.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer