Bridging the gap between ESG and sustainability ambitions and the transformational change to achieve them
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) demands are increasing, and you’ll have to adapt your business to ensure your organisation survives and thrives in the future. Complex and challenging changes to your strategy, culture and operating model will be necessary to ensure good governance, net-zero action and a positive impact on society.
Organisations are having to rethink their purpose, strategy and operating models to address ESG considerations, such as reducing emissions to combat climate change, ensuring ethical labour practices, or achieving greater diversity, equity and inclusion. Customers are increasingly demanding the organisations they buy from to take more responsibility – and as a result, ESG-oriented businesses are thriving. In the future, any organisation that wants to be successful will need to have ESG and sustainability at its heart.
ESG and sustainability also brings opportunities for new products and services, production methods, ways of working and supply chains that can deliver commercial benefit, not just demonstrate corporate social responsibility. It’s increasingly important for talent management too, as employees seek out purpose-led organisations with strong ESG and sustainability commitments.
Creating an ESG-focused sustainable organisation often requires careful, co-ordinated design across several aspects of an operating model. Berkeley’s sustainability consultants can partner with you to align the necessary organisational, process, location, capability and technology elements. Our range and depth of experience helps clients to think holistically about how to translate sustainability strategy into realistic actions that lead to tangible results.
Mobilising ESG and sustainability programmes can be particularly challenging given their cross-cutting, critical and complex nature. Berkeley’s experienced programme leaders can work with you to set up for success – working with your senior people to create the case for change, building cross-functional teams and ensuring the right governance, approaches and plans are in place.
I like Berkeley's focussed and pragmatic approach, and not afraid to express a clear view. Their proactivity in engaging with the board has really helped support our overall positive feedback.”
A renewable energy sector client
Having plotted our own path to net-zero and helped many other organisations develop and act on their sustainability and ESG strategies, we know that there are rarely easy choices to make when tackling sustainability, climate change and other ESG issues. There are very real impacts to consider for how organisations operate, and the ways in which their people think and act.
Our ESG and sustainability transformation consultants can help organisations navigate those choices in the best way, making trade-offs where needed. We can partner with you to build an ESG or sustainability roadmap that won’t just align with your wider business strategy; it can act as a key driver for desired business outcomes.
ESG and sustainability are inherently complex, often ambiguous, and frequently seen as technical and hard to understand. Berkeley’s consultants can help you quickly gain clarity and understanding, present ideas in a simple-to-understand way, and bring together the many aspects of change in a co-ordinated, comprehensive, and compelling way.
Given its nature, ESG and sustainability will uncover new challenges that haven’t been addressed before; the solutions require imagination, collaboration and an organisation-wide perspective. Berkeley’s people can provide the right leadership, passion, and creative problem-solving skills. We emphasise collaborative working and can organise, motivate and bring the best out of combined teams.
While the action your organisation takes on ESG and sustainability will be specific to your circumstances, there are common challenges and learnings to share from others. Our people can quickly gain a thorough understanding of your organisation and build trust, while combining the appropriate perspectives and insights gained from working across many other organisation types and sectors on sustainability-specific work.
From helping sustainability NGOs extend their reach, to supporting transport operators defining their decarbonisation strategies, and on to mobilising key supply chain traceability programmes for global consumer goods and retail companies, we bring a depth and breadth of cross-sector experience that will help you better tackle your specific ESG or sustainability challenge.
“Meeting ESG and sustainability reporting commitments will be the most disruptive effort that many organisations will face. With our expertise in complex transformational change, combined with our ESG and sustainability experience, Berkeley is well-placed to support clients on this journey.”
Tom Keohane, Partner
How do we set up our organisation to meet our ESG reporting commitments?
How can ESG reporting support our business strategy and create competitive advantage?
How can I ensure my organisation’s strategy incorporates our sustainability goals?
What do we need to change to make the biggest impact on ESG and sustainability?
How can we ensure transparency around Scope 3 emissions across our supply chain?
How should I develop my systems landscape to support ESG measurement and our journey to net zero?
How can I mobilise my organisation to drive effective change on ESG and sustainability?
How can we change the organisation’s culture to ensure ESG and sustainability action?
How do we create clear accountability for sustainability across all functions?
Making an impact for our clients and turning their ambitions into real results.
Tom Keohane, Partner