Supras’ organization is defined by its: (1) involvement with local consultants and focus on the local level, (2) relations with industry associations, civil society groups, private sector and public sector, and (3) legal status. The organization and mode of operation follow from its approach to identifying, training, and involving local consultants (see Consultant roster.
Use of local consultants
Within the legal construct of sole proprietorship (see below), Supras maintains a roster of local consultants in developing countries and countries in transition that are identified and involved in activities, partly in a form of on-job-training (see Consultant roster).
Relations with industry associations and civil society groups
Supras is a member of relevant industry associations and civil society groups, including: The Development Executive Group; Interdisciplinary Research Network on Environmental Communication (ECOresearch.net); International Crisis Group; International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)’s Working Group 9.4 “Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries”; IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), including CEESP Working Groups on Culture and Conservation (CCWG), Collaborative Management (CMWG), Environment & Security (ESWG), and Sustainable Livelihoods (SLWG), and the Theme on Governance of Natural Resources, Equity and Rights (TGER); Norwegian Association for Development Research; and Norwegian Evaluation Society.
Supras is recognized as a vendor to the World Bank (vendor no. 54493).
Legal and ownership
In 2000 the business "Supras Consult", a sole proprietorship, was registered in Norway (Registration authority: Brønnøysund Register Centre, reg. no.: NO 981 533 003). The registration authority is a government body under the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry. The business was registered in the name of Lars T. Soeftestad.
In 2010 the business "Supras Consult Ltd", a limited liability company, was registered in the UK (Registration authority: Companies House, reg. no.: UK 07467007). In 2011 the same business was registered also in Norway (Registration authority: Brønnøysund Register Centre, reg. no.: NO 996 326 829). The owner of all shares in both businesses is Lars T. Soeftestad. Supras Consult Ltd (Norway and UK) replaces the sole proprietorship.