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Developing and Embedding our Values

Mishelle Brito
February 14, 2019

Maanch is a start up on a mission: to provide a collaborative technology to accelerate the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a small and growing team of people impassioned by that mission, our organisational culture is a reflection of the change we want to make through our work.

Back in November 2018, Maanch hosted an event at the newly opened The Conduit. It was a huge milestone for us, exposing our vision to an inspiring audience experienced in delivering tangible social change. We heard from the President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, and a formidable panel comprising of Darshita Gillies, Founder of Maanch, Raza Jafar, Founder of GSN, Scilla Elworthy, 3 times Nobel Prize Nominee and author of The Business Plan for Peace, and Paul Van Zyl, Co-Founder of the Conduit.

You can take a look at the event here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=765MoND7dTE

The team left the event spurred on by the energy and spirit of our guests and the business we were building. We collected ourselves and our thoughts and completed an exercise requiring a lot of post-it notes, vulnerability and trust. Together, we mapped our values.

As we are on the brink of opening ourselves up once again, launching the Receiver side of our platform imminently, we revisited our values and reflected on whether and how what we have achieved to date sits in line with them. We define our Maanch values as follows:

Collaboration

We are committed to bringing people together to create change

Impact

We advance and refine our understanding of and capacity to measure impact

Innovation

We act boldly, and challenge the system that exists in order to improve it

Responsibility

We hold ourselves accountable to build a solution of benefit to all of our stakeholders

Transparency

We commit to providing an exacting and clear view of our work, and the work of our partners

Service

We build and adapt our solutions in service and for the benefit of our stakeholders

As a team, we believe that these values allow us to pinpoint not only what to do, but how to do it. From communications to business structure to outreach to user experience on our platform, we are committed to building an environment which is a manifestation of these key themes.

To date, we have registered as a Pending B Corporation, hosted meet-ups and workshops to get the input of our stakeholders, developed technology which acts as a transparent aggregator of impact, and devised our own metrics to ensure we assess projects with rigour and global scope. Our values have driven all of these actions, and will continue to shape what we do and how we do it.

We hope that we reflect these values to everyone who comes into contact with Maanch, and importantly, that we are held to account if we don’t. Integrity, though it may not have made the cut for our top six, is the reason why we don’t let any of the other values slip.



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