Partners and Associates

Our partners bring expertise and insights, from a range of disciplines, enhancing the quality of our research and add value to our annual programme


Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in strategy, consulting, digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centres. Our 569,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.

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Advanced People Strategies (APS)

With over 15 years’ experience helping organisations implement people development strategies, APS have become established as a trusted partner with their clients. Drawing on world-class psychometric assessments and partnering with highly-respected academic leaders, we create and implement talent management solutions built on scientific principles.

APS are distributors of world-class talent assessment tools, providing executive coaching, leadership masterclass programmes and virtual development. As UK distributor for Hogan Assessment Systems, APS provide official Hogan Certification training and support covering the full product range.

APS work with clients both across the UK and internationally. Their consultants are highly qualified, experienced and have a business background.

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Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners in 30 offices worldwide. Bird & Bird specialises in combining leading expertise across a full range of legal services in key jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. They also have a representative office in downtown San Francisco.

The firm’s International HR Services group offers both international and domestic clients a comprehensive range of legal advice across employment, immigration, incentives and benefits and trade secrets in an efficient and cost effective manner. Each of their offices are staffed with employment lawyers enabling them to provide advice on national employment legislation in addition to international employment directives.

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BTS is a consulting and talent development firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with more than 700 professionals in 32 offices located on six continents. They focus on the people side of strategy, working with leaders at all levels to help them make better decisions, convert these decisions to actions and deliver results.

At their core, they believe people learn best by doing. For 35 years, BTS has been designing engaging, powerful simulations and experiential learning programmes that have a profound and lasting impact on people and their careers. They inspire new ways of thinking, build critical capabilities and unleash business success. It’s strategy made personal.

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The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded almost 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its creation, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.

Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the Top 3 of the annual FT’s Executive Education Global Ranking for the last nine consecutive years and in the top five for 17 consecutive years. Our MBA and EMBA programs have repeatedly been singled out among the best in Europe and the world.

We believe that this consistency at the forefront of our industry is grounded in IMD’s unique approach to creating “Real Learning. Real Impact”. Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations worldwide. Challenging what is and inspiring what could be.

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At Mercer, we believe in building brighter futures. Together, we’re redefining the world of work, developing workforce strategies that position organisations for success today and into the future. We always bring a point a view. Inspired by research, technology and innovation, we help HR drive transformation to enables both businesses and individuals to thrive. We do this by harnessing the power of digital and people. By understanding data and applying it with a human touch. And by turning ideas into action to spark positive change. For 75 years, we’ve been providing trusted advice and solutions to build healthier and more sustainable futures for our clients, colleagues and communities. Welcome to a world where economics and empathy make a difference in people’s lives.

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Oracle Corporation

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database.

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RHR International

RHR International LLP is an independent global leadership consulting firm whose mission is to unlock potential in leaders. Through its behavioural lens, RHR has worked side by side with CEOs, board directors, and senior executives for more than 70 years, helping them acquire the knowledge, wisdom, and skills necessary to achieve business results.

RHR’s practical solutions, guided by in-depth analytics, lead to business outcomes that further clients’ success. RHR offers Executive Bench®: Talent Pipeline suite of services, Board & CEO Services, Senior Team Effectiveness, Leading Transformational Change, Executive Development, and Executive Assessment across industry sectors.

RHR International has a global presence in North America, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

RHR International has a global presence in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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Delivery of content and thought leadership to your target audience through distribution at CRF webinars, events and communities, online, in CRF newsletters and through social media channels

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We at HireRight have been delighted with the many benefits of partnering with CRF, from the opportunities to discuss issues facing HR professional around the world, to their collaborative approach and the chance to be involved in cutting-edge research. As a global business we are both practitioners and suppliers to the HR profession. CRF allows us to be at the forefront of change for our customers and our own organisation. We look forward to a continuing prosperous partnership.

Steve Girdler, Managing Director EMEA & APAC, HireRight


We have partnered with CRF for some years and find the quality of their research and HR network exceptional. It enables us to stay connected to the current thinking in HR and provides opportunities to engage with the HR community about meaningful and relevant challenges they face.   

Simon Callow, Senior Partner & Region Leader – London, RHR International

RHR International

In the international employment team at Bird & Bird we are delighted to partner with CRF. In order to provide advice which is tailored to our client’s needs, it is essential to keep up to date with the challenges and opportunities facing international HR directors in a fast changing business environment. CRF help us to do that, enabling us to offer clients that extra insight which helps us to stay on top of our game. It is a genuinely collaborative relationship, which is why it is so successful

Ian Hunter, Partner & Co Head of International Employment Group, Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

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