Using Business as a Force for Good
Fors Marsh Group (FMG) is an organization that tackles tough challenges. As a certified B Corp, we believe businesses have an essential role in tackling those challenges and should be used as a force for good. We also believe we must be the change we seek in the world. As a result, FMG has dedicated significant pro bono services to support the 23 million people in substance use disorder (SUD) recovery.
Advancing a Recovery-Ready Nation Through Research
FMG was the presenting sponsor of the 2022 Recovery Research Summit: Advancing a Recovery Ready Nation, which took place virtually September 14–15, 2022. Summit 2022 addressed emerging topics related to recovery research, aligned with the priorities set forth in the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) National Drug Control Strategy—“Building a Recovery-Ready Nation.” ONDCP Director Rahul Gupta opened the conference and was followed with reports from federal leadership, recently funded recovery research grantees, and other recovery-invested thought leaders.
The summit was organized around three areas of discovery and inquiry:
- Expanding the science of recovery
- Making recovery possible for more Americans
- Eliminating barriers and increasing opportunities (for recovery)
If you are interested in watching a recording of the 2022 Recovery Research Summit, you can find it here.
FMG partnered with Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation (GRI) to convene the inaugural recovery research summit, Assessing Progress and Setting Priorities in Recovery Research, on July 27, 2020. This virtual gathering brought together more than 200 participants—including recovery researchers, academic institutions, private funders, corporations, and senior government officials from HHS, ONDCP, CDC, SAMHSA, and NIH—to identify gaps, challenges, and opportunities to advance the field of recovery. Key findings and recommendations that came out of the first summit can be found here.
Our Commitment to Workplace-Supported Recovery
FMG has committed to conducting a national multiyear survey to measure public opinion on aspects of SUD related to the workplace. The Workplace Recovery Survey seeks to generate a statistically valid snapshot of Americans’ knowledge, attitudes, and experiences regarding recovery from SUD in the workplace, with an emphasis on employer-based recovery policies, practices, and services. The first results of the survey will be released in September 2022 at the 2022 Recovery Research Summit.
Our hope is that the findings will be used to help influence programs, initiatives, and policies that reduce stigma and improve the lives of people in recovery from SUD. FMG has also taken internal steps to support employees in recovery from SUD with the launch of our Workplace-Supported Recovery Program (WSRP) to create a stigma-free, compassionate environment for employees struggling with SUD. The WSRP aims to:
- Educate all FMG employees on SUD, and specifically on recovery;
- Train all supervisors on how to best support employees from diagnosis to full recovery;
- Provide, as part of the FMG benefits package, recovery coaching to any employee; and
- Offer education and support for family members (including dependents and non-dependents).