A diverse workplace history placing businesses on the road to Sustainability

Our clients have one thing in common: a requirement for cost-effective consultancy and pragmatic solutions to a sustainability.

Retail

Over the last 30 years we have worked with numerous retail organisations including many of the main high street brands reducing their carbon footprint. Ensuring a sustainable, circular, and responsible supply chain is in place without using the same old ideas. Our philosophy has always been “one size does not fit” within the industry. Added to that consumer have changed their mind they no longer search for products at bargain prices regardless of quality. Now the rules of the game in the purchase decision also include factors such as the environment, human rights, or the circular economy.

Working in partnership within the industry our role has been based on trust and a shared ambition. We help you both collaborate with those in your value chain (without losing your place in it) and we continue to learn from peers, policymakers, social innovators, educators, and think tanks along the way.  

Construction

Historically our work with the construction industry has been reactionary to help deal with environmental problems. However, on the last couple of years it has often been an ‘add on’ to green and otherwise conventional project. Today we are in a position where we are an integral part of the decision-making process, and now appointed in the early stages of a project to help plan, organise, and police a development to minimise its impacts.

 Working within the industry we review or audit of existing working practices, business systems and processes. Identify risks to the business and the development and implementation of a sustainability strategy, and environmental management system (EMS) under, ISO14001 / Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

Manufacturing

Manufacturing and supply of products are often a part of the value chain that has a significant sustainability impact and every so often has inherent risks. Knowing where to focus the business improvement efforts is critical to generating quick wins for the manufacturing operations. With our singular focus and continued support, it allowed our business to set the bold and targeted sustainable goals for each manufacturer to reach.

Our capability extends beyond creating the strategy; our work with clients to prepare options appraisals and develop a business case for sustainability and environmental implementation projects. Further to this we have helped clients to identify metrics which provide business benefit and value.

Hospitality

We provide strategic consulting to our clients in the Hospitality industry to adopt best practices for conservation of natural resources and to imbibe sustainable practices, which will have minimal impact in the environment.

 Over the last couple of years, we have provided practical and future-proof consulting that contributes to lasting value creation for hotel property owners and operators. The business adopts an interdisciplinary approach to this industry, considering such aspects as operational cost-efficiency, carbon neutrality, energy efficiency and the recyclability of materials. 

We have built many partnerships in other industries beyond those listed on our website so if you can’t see yours, give us a call and we will be happy to discuss any issue you may be facing.

If you have any questions with regards to our past and present work, please contact us.

Myths

Everybody’s talking about sustainability these days and there is no shortage of ideas about it, what it really means and how to achieve it. However, there are a lot of sustainability myths that exist because of misunderstandings or false statements.

Myth: Carbon offsetting is the answer

Carbon offsetting is when the emissions you create are balanced by the initiatives you support which absorb the equivalent of your emissions. You may have seen companies say that they have a goal to reach net-zero carbon or become carbon neutral. This usually means that they are funding renewable energy.

However, it does not solve the issue that the company funding renewable energy is still producing emissions. This is a form of greenwashing and does not actually contribute to the global problem.

Myth: Sustainability is equal to recycling

Recycling is an important component of sustainability work, but it’s only a part of the story. A greater consideration is the long-term protection of the raw material.

In many cases, recycling may act as a plaster, but the real solution is designing out, reducing or reusing our waste.