Using Business as a Force for Good
Giving back is at the core of who we are at Fors Marsh Group (FMG). Our commitment to this purpose drives our efforts to ensure that we are positively impacting our community, employees, clients, and the environment. Three years ago, as the opioid crisis continued to grow with the proliferation of fentanyl, FMG began leveraging its internal resources to support systems change and engage in social impact on the issue. Since 2019, the company has dedicated more than $1 million in pro bono services to combating the stigma associated with substance use disorder (SUD) and strengthening the infrastructure of recovery services across the country.
Now, FMG’s SUD focus cuts across the spectrum of substance use disorder recovery (e.g., alcohol, prescription and illicit drug misuse)—it’s not singularly about the opioid crisis.
With a multiyear pledge to measure national public opinion on aspects of SUD, FMG seeks to specifically assess stigma associated with SUD, attitudes related to recovery, the need for employer-based recovery services, and consumer affinity to brands based on knowledge of supportive workplace SUD policies. 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. View the initial 2021 survey results.
Our Commitment to Workplace Supported Recovery
FMG’s CEO, Ben Garthwaite announced initial survey sampling results of the Substance Use Disorder Annual Trends Study (SUDATS) at the Mobilize Recovery Conference, organized by leading SUD Recovery Activist Ryan Hampton. As a keynote speaker of the conference, along with former President Bill Clinton, Garthwaite also shared the steps we are taking internally to support employees who want to seek recovery from a SUD, including the launch of its Workplace-Supported Recovery Program.
Conducting the annual SUDATS will be part of a greater corporate engagement effort we lead to combat the stigma surrounding SUD, increase awareness of what it means to be in recovery and drive adoption of corporate recovery workforce programs nationwide.
Our Recovery Work
From joining forces with Global Recovery Initiatives (GRI) Foundation, WPP, and iHeartMedia to create the National Opioid Action Coalition (NOAC), to hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual SUD Recovery Research Summit, FMG is committed to improving the resourcing of recovery. Learn more about FMG’s work to reduce stigma and support people in recovery. Learn more about FMG’s work to reduce stigma and support people in recovery.