Free Markets Building Community Building Sustainable Relationships Through Business Connections
Development efforts that build relationships at the grassroots level yield the best results in the field. That's why we integrate our projects with into international business networks. This collaborative model of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a win-win for U.S. companies and communities in emerging and frontier markets as they innovate and work together to alleviate poverty and reduce human trafficking. To learn how PIER aligns CSR projects with business and community interests, please contact us. We currently work extensively in Colombia and have completed or are developing CSR projects
for U.S. companies with suppliers or customers in Honduras, Costa Rica, and parts of Africa.
PIER Innovation Stops Case of Human Trafficking in Progress Fall 2013
A Colombian community armed with the innovative Verifica program
designed and implemented by PIER Institute has stopped its first case
of human trafficking, saving a life and proving the viability of the
community-based program. Originally presented as a white paper by PIER
Institute at an international symposium on human trafficking hosted by
Johns Hopkins' Protection Project, the concept has now evolved into a
fully operational program known as Verifica. Human traffickers prey
on the innocent in vulnerable communities, often posing as
recruiters with promises of employment. Verifica exposes traffickers without risk to targeted teens or the community by employing a combination of special tactics.
U.S. companies can sponsor Verifica in
any community where a company has an international supply chain
connection. Sponsorship is tax-deductible and can helps a company build
strong relationships within a foreign community while adding a
meaningful story to its CSR portfolio. To learn more about this success
story, click here.
Indigenous Community Starts Micro-Enterprise to Purify
An innovative indigenous community along the
Amazon River now enjoys clean drinking water through a collaboration between
the community of Macedonia
and PIER Institute. Using the Healing Waters
International system, the community now has a micro-enterprise in place
that not only provides clean, affordable access to water but also funds free health
and hygiene education for all its members. Click here to read more...