Systemic audit and analytics on the contribution of business to sustainable development

Use PAIRS services to ensure your

Compliance to law and policy License to operate from government and community
Reputation, marketing and public image Creating shared value and broad-based prosperity

The PAIRS Framework

International Standards of  Reference

    • UN – SDG Impact, Global Compact
    • Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI)
    • UNEP finance initiative / sustainable stock exchanges
    • OECD evaluation criteria & standards
    • WEF metrics for stakeholder capitalism
  • ILO Decent Work indicators
  • IFC Operating Principles for Impact Management (128 DFIs signed up)
  • Impact Management & Measurement (IMM) Systems (IRIS+, GIIRS,
    B-Lab, IMP, GRI)
  • FTSE/JSE Russell Responsible Investing Index
  • Climate Pledge / Climate Disclosure initiatives

Key characteristics of the assessment tool 

  • Independent verification – more objective (ESG audit)
  • Scientific, empirical, rigorous, systematic
  • Strong gender & social justice lens
  • Country-specific development priorities & policy frameworks








Two Sides of the Coin

Reduce the Harm

Increase the good

  • Value beyond compliance / additionality
  • Focus on the positive
  • Incentivize/compete/encourage on good behavior


Measuring impact on socio-economic development


Examples Key Performance Indicators Inputs Outputs Outcome / Impact
Allignment to development priorities (SDGs, A2063, NDP, PGRS, IDP) Spending goal specific goal specific
Employment generation (esp. youth, women, disabled, disadvantaged, diversity) Spending  # quality jobs (permanent / decent wage) created increase in houshold income (esp. poor)
Skills development & knowledge transfer (esp. youth, women, disadvantaged) Spending # people trained knowledge aquired and behaviour change
SME development (local, women, youth, disadvantaged) Spending # SME supported #  SME sustained  (stable institution, access to finance, profitable)
Provision of social services / CSI (ie. education, health, social welfare) Spending project specific project specific
Provision of public infrastructure (ie. Energy, ICT, Transport, Water, Parks) Spending project specific number of people with access to e.g. electricity, internet, etc.
Contribution to fiscus and public revenue (taxes, levies, licence fees) Total amount & percentage of profit
Provision of services, products and technology (esp. to poor and disadvantaged) Price & quality (compared to market) # of short-term consumers # of long-term consumers
Other specific development areas of interest or priority Spending area specific area specific


Client Engagement and Capacity Building Approach