Strategy & Management Consulting Services
We provide sustainability consulting services in three main areas; strategy, management and performance & best practice. These are delivered in two ways. Firstly, through strategic advice and consultancy based upon international best practice experience, information gathering and analysis, and the production of reports with clear priorities and recommendations. Secondly, we specialise in using interactive approaches including workshops and other participative processes to involve people from the business. This builds staff capacity and capabilities and also engages them in creating solutions that work.
We have extensive experience of supporting organisations to develop operational strategies to embed the principles of sustainability within business processes including procurement, product development, R & D and communications. We believe that more sustainable business practice should not require you to develop new processes and that often existing approaches can be simply evolved to deliver against sustainability priorities. We work with you to understand how to combine sustainability and business priorities to ensure integrated, creative and innovative responses.
Corporate strategy is the distilled essence of a company, expressing its fundamental purpose and intent. One of the main barriers to gaining profile and positive institutional investment for sustainability activities is that established programmes of CSR, environmental management or sustainability are generally run in parallel to the development of mainstream business strategy. As a result they do not define/influence strategic direction, or, more crucially, influence mainstream investment decisions. To fully reflect and benefit from the opportunities presented by changing environmental and social trends and priorities it is becoming vital for organisations to integrate sustainability issues and intent at a strategic level.
We work with companies to understand the environmental and social trends and issues that have strategic implications, presenting sources of threat and opportunity. Our work has focussed specifically upon the development of transformational strategies, supporting the development of corporate strategies which truly reflect and capitalise upon changing environmental and social trends within the context of risk and opportunity.
Sustainability strategy requires the development of appropriate objectives and targets for the assessment and management of material (important to stakeholders and the company as a whole) environmental and social issues. We have developed NetPositive sustainability (with ESD Consulting Ltd) a stretching and systematic approach to sustainability management within companies. NetPositive sustainability provides a comprehensive, structured approach to sustainability management, focussing upon the identification and management of environmental and social impacts - enhancing the positive and minimising the negative aspects of business practice impacts in the context of achieving and demonstrating an overall positive benefit
We have developed a stretching and systematic approach to sustainability management within companies which we call Net Positive sustainability*. This provides a comprehensive, structured approach to sustainability management, focussing upon the identification and management of environmental and social impacts - enhancing the positive and minimising the negative aspects of business practice in the context of achieving and demonstrating an overall positive benefit.
Traditionally, sustainability has focussed upon doing less harm and minimising negative impact. While these objectives are vital and economically important we feel they lack ambition and the capability to excite, engage and motivate positive change.
Sustainability provides a range of opportunities to build long-term business value.Therefore, sustainability effort should be concentrated not only on reducing negative environmental and social impacts but also upon maximising positive environmental and social outcomes.
Net Positive metrics
At its core, Net Positive sustainability can be measured through the interactions of three simple metrics - the growth in the gap between revenue growth (or other economic indicator) and environmental impact and the narrowing of the gap between social value created and revenue growth.
How we work - flexible pragmatic consulting
We believe in providing helpful and flexible services to our clients rather than standard solutions which may suit us more than they suit you. We can work with you to define focus and specific outcomes where needed. Our services can be provided through a number of consultancy or interactive days support, through call off contracts that allow us to act as your outsourced CSR team, or by fixed price contracts where we agree work packages with specific outcomes and timescales.
We believe that long term business value can be created by pursuing sustainability objectives and aligning these with business activities.
We work with companies to understand the environmental and social trends and issues that have strategic implications for them and to identify how these are material to their business. Our work has focussed upon the development of transformational strategies and supporting corporate approaches which reflect and capitalise upon environmental and social trends that present sources of risk and opportunity.
Ambition & vision
We can help you identify and develop sustainability ambition and vision based upon your corporate culture, values and intent.
Integrate sustainability issues into business practice to build long term value and fully address risks and opportunities.
Identifying & developing material issues
We will help you identify priority (material) issues and relate them to your business model, operational objectives and market ambition.
Operational management provides the ability to deliver your strategy. We think that, at its heart, sustainability management is simple. It requires a focus on the right things in the right order with the right level of ambition. As a result we have developed a scalable management system approach, which builds from a number of key stages to organise, manage and communicate your sustainability performance.
Structures for governance
Ensure that sustainability objectives and responsibilities are integrated into organisational structures and consider your whole value chain.
Structures for action
Identify and develop clear steps for action that relate directly to key issues and priorities and integrate with wider business practice and process.
We can assist you in developing the objectives and targets which will help deliver your sustainability ambition.
We work with you to develop appropriate responses to key challenges, identify relevant leading edge and sectoral best practice, and develop meaningful and defensible objectives and targets for your performance.
We will help you to develop internal and external sustainability communication and reporting, communicating effectively to your shareholders, employees and other stakeholders.
Development of objectives & targets
Advice on setting targets at a suitable level to underpin your priorities and ambition. What metrics to employ and when. What to look for on verification and assurance.
Models of best practice and suitable approaches and sources. When to lead and when to follow. Innovation and collaboration with stakeholders, peers and customers.
Reporting & communication
Delivering world class sustainability reporting and communication. How to get the right message out within your organisation and externally to stakeholders and customers. Making realistic claims and backing them up. Dealing with and recognising uncertainty.
We are sustainability professionals with nearly forty years of collective experience in sustainability theory and practice. We have worked on a number of national and international best practice approaches in sustainability and CSR reporting and management and have been involved in a number of ground breaking initiatives to support innovation in sustainability in the private, NGO and public sectors.