Humanitarian Advisory Group

Research, training and technical advice

Melbourne, Victoria


About Humanitarian Advisory Group

Humanitarian Advisory Group is an Australian-based social enterprise founded in 2012 to elevate the profile of humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific region.

They provide a unique space for thinking, research technical advice, evaluations and training that can positively contribute to excellence in humanitarian practice.

They use research and evidence to inform practice contributing to effective humanitarian action. They build networks and strong relationships between different actors and enjoy sharing learning and resources that make humanitarians in the region collective stronger.

We have always been much more than a consulting firm, with a strong independent voice on humanitarian issues, and a desire to bring together agencies, academics, government and private sector to address humanitarian challenges. In promoting excellence in humanitarian practice, we feel it is important to walk the talk on accountability, staff welfare, localisation, supporting women, and taking care of the environment - being B Corp certified helps us to walk this talk.

Working within a social enterprise business model we believe in three core approaches. Firstly, doing business with integrity. Any business can choose to work in a way that brings positive benefits to the society they live and work in. Businesses make choices everyday. Whether to pay extra for a sustainable product and whether to support women or minority groups in the workplace. How we work matter. We choose to work with integrity.

Secondly, using profit for social good. Profits can be used to drive positive social change and to have a positive and substantive impact on the world. We choose to engage in pro bono work and invest a percentage of profits into charities or ethical investments.

Thirdly, engaging ethically. Businesses can hold themselves to ethical standards, whilst learning from, and considering the value of, business approaches. B Corp certification supports and encourages us to continue contributing ethically and to shaping the society we all want to live in.

The Change We Seek®

Humanitarian Advisory Group believes that as humanitarian needs increase globally, there is an imperative to invest in thinking - independent, practitioner-led, cross-sector thinking - that asks the difficult questions and develops bold propositions. They know humanitarian actors in Asia and the Pacific have much to offer the global discourse.

Humanitarian Advisory Groups wants women to effectively engage in humanitarian action, and believe it is critical that women play a greater role in leadership and decision-making.

They feel strongly about giving a step up to emerging humanitarians who bring a fresh perspective to old problems.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2016

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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