CRCM is an independent risk consultancy specializing in political and security risk. We help our clients to understand and manage the risks and opportunities of operating in complex or hostile environments in North Africa.
The fragile political and security structures in the Arab Spring countries (Tunisia, Egypt and Libya) require an exact political and security risk analysis of the local conditions, taking all factors relevant to your business into account.
This is why our multilingual team of analysts, researchers and regional advisors consists of regional-specific specialists with an academic background who are proven experts in political and security issues.
We create strategies, policies and solutions to protect your assets and reduce the likelihood of losses from operational risks.
The most recent attacks in Tunisia, Egypt and the continuous crisis in Libya show clearly that the security situation in the wake of the Arab Spring remains fragile.
In the last three years, the breakdown of state authority has led to a significant strengthening of terrorist / Islamist groups (for example IS in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Shabab, Boko Haram) in the region.
The most recent attacks and abductions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have again shown the risk potential for foreign businesses and their staff in North Africa.
Contracts and loans can be adversely affected by these actions and supply chains are becoming increasingly more vulnerable.
We noted, for example, a heavy increase (up to 80 %) in supply chain disruption in some North African regions due to government embargoes, interference and strikes, riots, terrorist attacks and civil commotion.
Unforeseen political or social events can not only lead to termination of or default on contracts, embargoes or cancellation of export/import licenses, nondelivery/shipment of goods, but also to physical damage to assets and security risks to employees.
We will seek to identify these risks to put in place effective prevention measures.
We will help you to implement processes to identify security threats and risks to allow you to create a safe and secure environment that protects your business in an unsafe region.
Security is crucial for your license to operate and if done correctly can contribute to the company's performance.
The security departments of most companies lack the necessary regional security expertise.
The warnings by the Federal Foreign Office or the US State Department cannot replace a thorough regional security analysis.
Our experts have exclusively worked in the security sector with a regional focus on North Africa for years.
Also, our various experts (risk and threat analysis, planning, implementation, risk management and travel safety) are advised by regional specialists who have a broad knowledge of the region in question and the specific security situation.
Over the years, we have established a reputation for expertise, integrity and rigor.
Our analysts and researchers are both subject-matter and regional experts and we set great value upon producing written work that is accessible, objective and unambiguous.
Our essential element ist the use of human sources to complement open source research.
We work with local law enforcement authorities as well as with Regional Advisors who have a deep insight into the political or security sector.
OUR HEAD OFFICE
Our office is located in the heart of Frankfurt. Frankfurt is home to some of Germany's largest and most dynamic companies. It is diverse and widespread and hosts all the major banks, insurances, travel and consulting businesses and - last but not least - Germany's biggest and busiest airport.
The year was 2009, Jan Grundorf, our CEO, had always wanted to have a consulting company focused on political and security risk in North Africa. When he met Tim Buchwald, Jan shared his different experiences both as a consultant at different types of consulting companies and as a political analyst and consultant in North Africa.
Tim felt there could be an alternative model to larger consulting companies.
When they established CRCM, they decided they wanted to create a different kind of consultancy: it would be highly specialised in its chosen countries and sectors; it would focus on bespoke solutions; it would be commercially savvy; it would seek long-term client partnerships and seek out those who would flourish in an entrepreneurial environment.
In the last seven years, we have expanded the company considerably and broadened the range of services on offer. Recognizing a need on the part of clients for practical, operational advice and support, we strengthened our local expertise by hiring Regional Advisors all over North Africa.
Of all the things that make CRCM unique, our people are at the top of the list.
They’re seasoned consultants with deep expertise in their chosen fields who genuinely care about making a difference in our clients’ businesses, and the communities they live in.
In 2013 we became a signatory member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). As a member of the UN Global Compact, CRCM is committed to supporting and advancing the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact within our sphere of influence.
This includes making the principles part of our day-to-day operations and promoting the principles in relations to stakeholders such as business partners, consumers and customers.
This brings us up to date, but in such a fast moving business environment it is unlikely that we will stand still, so watch this space for further developments.
OUR LIBYA DEPARTMENT
With the establishment of our subsidiary company in Tobruk our possibilities have grown even more versatile.
The Libya office in Tobruk, which had previously operated out of Cairo, coordinates CRCM’s activities and provides significant support to our customers in the region. Along with a new satellite office in Tripolis, the opening marks the beginning of a new phase for CRCM's presence in the area. The opening represents a significant milestone in the company’s latest history as CRCM is committed to expanding its services in Libya to meet the evolving needs of its customers.
In the medium-term, we envision that other satellite offices can be developed from the new Libyan operation base. CRCM expects its policy of giving first-hand analysis through local experts while offering all the quality and cost benefits of a German middle-sized think tank to be the most appropriate for this critical region.