Although 2020 was to be a bright and prosperous year, many opportunities fell away due to the COVID pandemic. We had just moved into our new offices in the heart of the EU Quarter and yet we were confined and house-bound until the pandemic receded.
Despite our challenges and great fears, our big pivot came in December 2020 when we were invited to host the Secretariat of an independent scientific group, the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza and other acute respiratory viruses. Given we had already built an expertise in EU health policy, we were well-placed. And this new assignment brought with it a range of new services that we could add to our portfolio. So, in addition to our EU public affairs activities, we expanded our services to communicating science and reinforcing the science-policy interface, particularly in the field of pandemic preparedness and response. We added on the ability to organise large-scale scientific conferences, webinars, podcasts and more. Sustainability became the red thread through all our activities.
In 2022, ADS Insight reached a new height by officially becoming a B Corporation. Having successfully passed the B Corp certification and becoming a B Corp means that we have committed to putting purpose over profit, and we have committed to using business as force for good. With this certification we are striving to bring impact into everything we do and to document our progress. We aim to inspire other businesses and make improvements year on year in the B Corp model of continuous improvement.
Our main message: if we can do it, you can do it, too!