Extracting Good from Good Works

Corporates for Crisis applies a new twist to operating in difficult environments

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Boots and suits Directors, from left, Sahar Hashemi, Ed Butler and Dr. Hugo Slim

Ed Butler, Managing Director of Corporates for Crisis (CforC), calls his London consultancy a "boots and suits" operation. Not only are he and his fellow directors--Sahar Hashemi and Hugo Slim--willing to don heavy-duty footwear and head to some of the world's toughest regions, but so are the teams of experts they assemble to implement projects on behalf of multinational clients. Says Slim: "Most other consultants don't go into the field."

CforC is the brainchild of Christopher James, a former special-forces officer and diplomat who founded Hakluyt, a business-intelligence firm. After the December 2004 Asian tsunami, some big companies contacted James, wanting...

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