About Us

ABOUT CCCS Our Social Development Approach

Cross-Cultural Consulting Services (CCCS) is an anthropologically-oriented consulting firm based in the USA that supports private and public sector actors in the fields of Indigenous Peoples Safeguards Compliance, Indigenous Peoples Policy Analysis, Restorative Justice in Education and cross-cultural dialogue and mediation. Unique among other consultancies, CCCS specializes in policy frameworks and project applications safeguarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other stakeholders who are particularly vulnerable to social impacts arising from development projects. As one of the few international firms to have successfully done so, CCCS is particularly adepts at guiding projects to compliance with the requirements of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) with Indigenous Peoples. Our particular emphasis is on establishing and maintaining cross-cultural communication among community, corporate, and government stakeholders.

CCCS helps client organizations achieve positive developmental outcomes via design and implementation of social assessments and impact analyses, social management systems, progressive strategies for participatory self-governance among project-affected communities, consultation and grievance redress mechanisms, and regulatory compliance evaluation and performance monitoring. We emphasize collaborative production of required social documentation and social action plans which meet Good Practice standards when that makes sense in a particular project context.

We also convey Advisory Services to Project Management and Staff by:

  • Providing experienced senior social consultants to work with project management to evaluate alternative social engagement strategies
  • Raising the capacity of project social development teams through collaborative work approached in-house, in the field, or at a distance

In our capacity as social development consultants, however, we never speak on behalf of the people and communities with whom we engage. We act instead as interlocutors—utilizing our anthropological sensitivity to cultures (including the cultures and values of corporations and governments) to help all parties to understand and overcome the challenges of cross-cultural dialogue. We operate according to the principle that all stakeholders are worthy of mutual respect and have the right to be heard.

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Click here to read CCCS’ Code of Ethics, which guides all our work.