WASHINGTON — APCO Worldwide has acquired consulting firm Global Philanthropy Group (GPG), in a move aimed at bolstering its ESG capabilities.

More than a decade old, GPG specializes in helping individuals, foundations and corporations design and implement philanthropic strategies and programs. The consultancy also operates the Global Philanthropy Foundation, whose mission is to expand charitable products and programs through sponsorships.

Co-founder Trevor Neilson has become a senior director at APCO. Six other GPG staffers also join APCO, and there are no redundancies.

GPG will be part of APCO’s impact & sustainability group, which is run by Tembo founder Denielle Sachs. APCO acquired Tembo, a social impact firm, in January 2020. The agency followed that up in November by buying UK business strategy consulting boutique TWC.

“In a year of unprecedented upheaval—where systemic inequities and challenges were laid bare—we are continuously deepening our capabilities to help clients make sense of, respond to and drive their impact on global issues,” APCO founder Margery Kraus said in announcing the acquisition.

”This added strength will further extend our work on social and environmental issues—from racial justice and women’s empowerment to climate and ESG. We are excited and inspired by GPG’s work, and look forward to combining their philanthropic expertise with our global team of seasoned public affairs, communications and advocacy professionals.”