Net Balance Management Group

Net Balance Management Group

Net Balance Management Group

The Net Balance team is made up of energetic, passionate individuals who see sustainability as core business, presenting exciting opportunities for innovation, industry leadership, risk management, and cost reduction. That’s why Net Balance has become one of the leading providers of sustainability advice and assurance. We recognise that the fundamental purpose of business and government is to grow stakeholder value by effectively managing the “net” balance between economic, environmental and social forces.

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Level 4, 460 Bourke Street , Melbourne , Victoria 3000 Australia
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Internationally (various countries)

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Net Balance specialises in all aspects of sustainability and social responsibility. Our focus is on five key domains – sustainability strategy and advice, climate change, environmental services, social and community investment and economics. If you think of sustainability and social responsibility as a value chain, we can offer services across the entire chain or in any one part of it.

We also run the Net Balance Foundation. We set it up to provide open-source, public good research and to work with NGOs and SMEs that cannot usually afford to pay the full cost of sustainability services. Collectively, we aim to spend 20% of our time on Foundation work.

Net Balance has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and London. We have over 40 professionals including environmental and social scientists, business consultants, engineers, lawyers, economists and accountants.

Increasingly, we find the work we do with clients today is often about helping them plan for tomorrow. To prepare for change we can all see coming and, more importantly, for change that cannot be predicted so easily. That’s what we mean when we talk about Tomorrow’s Agenda.

Here at Net Balance, we help clients accomplish their sustainability goals with a fresh, enthusiastic, and rigorous style that stems from our values and our deep experience.

Our approach to sustainability is simple – define the issues, identify risks and opportunities, and appropriately manage them as you would manage any other business operation. We bring this practical viewpoint to all of our sustainability services, and complement its simplicity with the extra care and commitment it takes to help your organisation successfully embed sustainability.

Net Balance aims to work with clients and employees who are serious in their attitudes and capacity to move towards a more sustainable business model for their own benefit, the economy, broader society and the environment. We do this by considering the following in our approach:

  • A client or employee should be genuinely interested in working with Net Balance and improving the sustainability of their business.
  • Accountability and transparency in the work we do is essential to maintaining the integrity and sustainability of our business.
  • We are committed to maintaining our integrity and independence and strive to ensure these values are always core to our approach to doing business.
  • We understand that these attributes are fundamental to achieving our mission and providing real value to our clients.

Net Balance Foundation

We express our commitment to sustainability by operating a unique organisational structure in which we share our resources with the Net Balance Foundation.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit think tank specifically set up to undertake open-source sustainability research and provides services to small to medium enterprises, non-government organisations, not-for-profit groups, and industry and professional associations on a not-for-profit basis. In this way we seek to attain our vision to be part of every organisation’s sustainability journey. Our clients over the years have included Rugby SA, World Vision, Australian Conservation Foundation, Music Aviva, United Church of Australia Funds Management, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Environment Institute of Australia, and other SMEs and industry associations.

Our Vision

At Net Balance, we strive to step closer to achieving our vision with the work we do every day. Our vision is not an expression of what we are doing now, but where we aspire to be. It is an image of the future we seek to create.

Our vision is:

To be part of every organisation’s sustainability journey.

Net Balance makes major contributions to the progression towards a sustainable future in every organisation through Advice, Assurance, and Research.

Our Values

Net Balance’s values serve as the guiding principles to fulfil our vision to be part of every organisation’s sustainability journey. Our values have been formed to be inspiring, supportive and clear, so they shape individual behaviour in a corporate context, provide certainty and boundaries, and are unambiguous.

Be inspirational
Lead, innovate, commit, and speak out. Act with passion, energy, and commitment. Inspire positive change. Hold sustainability central to our personal philosophy.

Be collaborative
Share knowledge with colleagues, clients and partners. Act with professionalism and integrity. Respect alternative views. Smile often. Have fun and enjoyment in life and work. Treat clients as colleagues and colleagues as clients. Build strong relationships with an open heart.

Be informed
Manage by fact. Never stop learning. Build on our strengths and manage our weaknesses. Make time to research. Think critically about issues. Be clear and considered in our communication.

Be accountable
Deliver on commitments. Provide solutions. Take responsibility for actions. Actively help clients move from good to great. Seek ways to contribute to the creation of the right organisation, the right solutions, and the right future. Care about the outcome.

Be effective
Be efficient, organise our time and our commitments, manage risk, and seek real progress. Deliver value. Look for resourceful solutions, and believe that there’s always a better way to achieve positive change. Take responsibility for delivering quality.

After only five years in operation, Net Balance is now one of largest providers of sustainability advice, assurance, and research in Australia. We have accomplished this through organic growth, by building a team of like-minded, highly qualified and experienced professionals with a passion to transform organisations from good to great through sustainable practices. In January 2010 we opened our London office to expand our expertise to the UK and Europe.

The Net Balance team represents expertise in the following specialisations:

  • Independent Assurance of sustainability reports using the AA1000AS (2008).
  • Sustainability Strategy, Management & Implementation.
  • Climate Change, Greenhouse Solutions and Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Environmental Management auditing, including energy, waste and water.
  • Social Impact Assessment and Management, including community investment.

We have helped a large number of organisations accomplish their sustainability goals. Some of our clients include Foster’s Group, Bunnings, EPA Victoria, Insurance Australia Group, and Commonwealth Bank.

The experience gained from working with large organisations ensures that our clients have access to groundbreaking developments in the area of sustainability.

The not-for-profit Net Balance Foundation was set up to explore Tomorrow's Agenda through research projects and collaboration with NGOs, industry associations and other groups.

The Foundation’s research program and publications represent our contribution to the ongoing evolution of the sustainability agenda.

Through the Foundation, we also provide services to organisations and companies that cannot afford to pay the usual cost of sustainability advisory services.

The Foundation supports the work we do for our commercial clients in business and government.

Our people work across both Foundation projects and commercial engagements. Collectively, we aim to spend 20% of our time on Foundation work.

We value the relationships we have with the organisations and people we work with, which is reflected in our vision to 'Be Collaborative' by treating clients as colleagues and building strong relationships with an open heart.

Some of our clients are noted below. We encourage potential clients and employees to speak to any of our clients as we believe that our clients are the best advocates of our work.

To learn more about our clients or our partners and alliances, please select from the links below or from the 'about' menu above.