We offer consulting services for business sustainability strategies in the USA. We help the main street and mid-market businesses understand what is relevant, important, and actionable - any organization that prioritizes doing work that consciously, systemically, and sustainably serves to solve a local or global community needs using entrepreneurship and a strong business model to fund their efforts.
Our ESG Consulting Services align “doing well” and “doing good” in practical, business-oriented terms. It’s important to understand our services in the larger context of sustainability.
Sustainability has long history. Malthus raised the spector of food supply for an unsupportable human population in the late 1700’s. Rachel Carson opened the world’s eyes to the impact of pesticides. When the Cuyoga river caught fire, Cleveland had to acknowledge that industrial pollution was unsustainable. Nixon formed the EPA in 1970, in large part to regulate the impact of the “take, make, waste” resource use model by business. Climate change from human carbon pollution is now the existential issue of our time globally.
Since its environmental origins, people have come to view sustainability as a much broader issue.
The United Nations articulated a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. https://sdgs.un.org/goals Food, water, poverty, health are all now part of the context.
In the past ten years, “ESG” has evolved to become the term that subsumes the environmental, social and governance contours of sustainability. Virtually all major investment firms, venture capital firms, banks and publicly-traded companies are actively involved in measuring, reporting and affecting sustainability. See for example, https://hbr.org/2016/10/the- comprehensive-business-case-for-sustainability
Dun and Bradstreet now has an ESG rating services for private and public firms.
Our ESG Consulting Services sit at the intersection of implementing enterprise value and risk management. There are three service lines:
We help clients understand where and how they can improve their stakeholders’ (customers’ or suppliers’ or community’s) environmental performance, either defensively through reduced waste streams or offensively through circular economy principles, energy efficiency or better carbon management. The impacts are seen in reduced compliance costs, improved brand perception, and more recurring revenue.
We help design ESG initiatives that are carried forward internally with daily work. We offer an action learning look at risk management, which includes ESG issues, for the leadership team, as part of strategic planning, or as its own initiative. Through our “Better Ways” program, employees see what the company stands for through its ESG initiatives – and get engaged. This helps attract and motivate the workforce to embrace and improve operations. It aligns purpose, brand and culture.
Our experience is that people want a stake in the outcome. We design programs, goals and reward systems that accomplish this. ESOPs, gainsharing, open book management.
We use the EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) framework to execute and manage its strategies.
Increasingly, we see investors being more astute, attuned to and interested in companies with business sustainability strategies.
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We are convinced that business sustainability strategies are very good for business