Embedding Sustainability into Business Strategy

Like a marathon, sustainability is not a quick sprint, but the rewards for sticking with it can be vast. Businesses that view sustainability and resources efficiency as a part of doing business have realized the value that it brings to their corporate objectives related to revenue, brand, operations, risk management, and corporate social responsibility. Organizations must embed sustainable principles in the core of their strategy, operations and culture. We work with various organizations to do just that, identifying opportunities and developing robust business cases to make sustainability a source of on-going and increasing value.

Our faculty members take a practical and business-focused approach to helping companies build sustainability into their strategy and operations as a way to improve and protect margins, build brand value, and enhance risk resilience with the goal of supporting business growth. We work with companies to evaluate and develop sustainable strategies that can help drive toward near-term and long-term results. Our sustainability consultants are experienced at identifying opportunities across the value chain and across industries to create potential resource-based financial value. A sampling of our areas of expertise:

  • Corporate Sustainability Strategy
  • Measurement and Reporting of Sustainability Performance
  • Greenhouse Gas Management
  • Energy Efficiency and Energy Management
  • Water Resource Management and Water Audit
  • Waste Management
  • Green Buildings
  • Sustainable/Green Supply Chains
  • Eco/Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Resource Efficiency and The Circular Economy
  • Clean Technologies
  • Green Information Technologies
  • Environmental Management Systems

Potential Benefits to Organizations

  • Ability to prioritize sustainability activities and employ strategies to understand where program investments should be focused on capturing value.
  • Sustainability strategies that analyze various aspects of a business to identify where sustainability initiatives might have significant impact.
  • Quantitative and qualitative outputs that help companies prioritize and refine their sustainability strategy and improve their financial returns.
  • Reduced materials cost and price volatility to help drive profitability and increase competitive edge.
  • Supply chain improvements, including significant savings in manufacturing and sourcing costs, as well as product quality enhancements that can contribute to increased market share and improved margins.
  • Improved supply chain transparency that can help reduce risk for social issues around human rights, labor rights, and anticorruption issues.
  • Risk mitigation by understanding business operations and supply chain through a sustainability lens.
  • Improved reporting, from basic compliance to third-party assessment scores that can help enhance brand and social license to operate.

Getting Started

We recommend that organizations get on the fast-track to Sustainability with a no-obligation Executive Briefing focusing on:

  • Sustainability strategy — Developing a road map to address sustainability risks and opportunities in support of business growth objectives, stakeholder engagement and communications, and brand enhancement programs, as well as prioritizing sustainability initiatives through detailed value quantification.
  • Resource productivity and risk mitigation — Identifying ways to address energy, water, and materials risks across the value chain.
  • Sustainable operations and supply chain — Refining operations and the supply chain by addressing diverse issues such as supplier engagement, sourcing and procurement, packaging, closed loop recycling, supply chain transparency, and human and labor rights.
  • Reporting and disclosure — Identifying ways to improve collection and reporting of data in compliance with laws, regulations, and stakeholder expectations.

For more information, contact
Dr. RR Alluri
Head, Centre for Sustainable Business
Department of Management Studies.