Sustainability Strategy

Companies are increasingly affected by big economic, social and environmental trends such as population growth, climate change, resource scarcity, technology advancement and social inequalities. Stakeholders – employees, customers, investors and society more broadly – are becoming more aware of these issues and have heightened expectations of how businesses should respond. The regulatory environment is changing too.

At Simply Sustainable, we are experts at supporting our clients to transform and respond by developing a robust, strategic and practical approach to sustainability.

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Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, 193 governments agreed to a common framework to tackle 17 major world issues by 2030. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the successor to and build upon the eight UN Millennium Development Goals. They are designed to create decent work in a prosperous economy and a fair and just society, all within the Earth’s limits. Priorities include ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change and environmental degradation.

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Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder engagement can play a valuable role in the realisation of a sustainability and corporate strategy. Done well, it can help to build trust, to energise your workplace, and to gain new insights. Yet with so many individuals and communities potentially having an interest in your business activities, where do you start?

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Materiality Assessment

Materiality is the process through which organisations identify and prioritise the social, environmental and economic issues of critical importance to their stakeholders, and to the long-term viability of the business.

It provides a way to genuinely understand your company’s and your stakeholders’ dynamic needs, and to distil and define the issues of greatest relevance. These issues generally form the basis of a strategic approach to sustainability.

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Climate Change Strategy

Climate change is one of the most significant, yet overlooked, challenges facing business. The intensity and frequency of extreme weather events are projected to increase, with potentially severe consequences for business, particularly those whose products and services rely on the natural environment.

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Waste, Resources and Plastics Strategy

The recent rise in consumer consciousness about environmental issues – particularly single-use plastics – has led to companies’ waste and resources strategies being increasingly linked to their reputation, brand value and market share. In response to rapidly changing societal expectations, national governments, including the UK Government, are setting ambitious targets to reduce waste, eliminate avoidable and single-use plastics and keep resources in the system.

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Research and Benchmarking

Our research and benchmarking services can help you make smarter decisions for your business, improving performance against your vision and targets.

The abundance of information available today makes it difficult and time consuming to interpret. Delving through this vast array of data to understand how existing and emerging issues could impact your business is critical for effective decision making, however.


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