Hi Everyone, it occurred to me yesterday that I don’t know what each of us is working on creating (other than Jess) and if I did have more information that would offer opportunities to support with ideas, contacts - and a whole wealth of things!
Can we start a conversation sharing about this?
I am a freelance consultant with background in operational change, risk and procurement. I have previously worked with companies helping them manage their risks better and embed more responsible and transparent practices and most of my work is connected to SDGs in some ways. I would like to now expand that to helping companies embed sustainability in their procurement or operations.
So this is something that I would love to do - or at least some level of this. I just need a case study - would anyone here be interested in collaborating on this? https://www.kering.com/en/sustainability/environmental-profit-loss/methodology/
I am a business and development coach with a predominant focus on helping entrepreneurs and businesses who have an enthical/sustainability focus. I also worked as a lawyer for corporates and banks for a number of years so I combine these skills in my coaching, I'm looking at putting together a coaching programme aimed at supporting ethical/sustainable organisations.
Great thread @Jenny @JayL @Marina @Tjasa One of the ideas of the ESS/OT merger weekend in Brussels is to discuss project ideas, companies have volunteer resources available, companies are supporting Social Foundation projects - so if we could start brainstorming ideas to meet SME Company Sustainability goals - then they will allocate budget for 2020.
Now is a great time to talk to companies or colleagues in your network and see what they are thinking about allocating budget for 2020.
Brussels weekend will also focus on EU identified sustainability challenges and project budgets allocated to impact these challenges.
E.g. Company X is thinking of allocating 50k to plant trees to offset their Carbon emissions from their IT computer cloud servers, buildings & staff travel. Maybe they could think of another 10k for a local Climate Change project for a group of OT consultants as part of their SDG goals?
I help startup technology startups, build their businesses and now I will focus only on Sustainability Business Impacts going forward - like ESS/OT.
I would like to test an initial business idea with you, would be great if you could give me some thoughts on this.
First a short introduction: I’m a lawyer, worked in the financial sector for about 7 years and quit my job beginning of this year in order to study on sustainability and see if I can switch careers to a job in sustainability. In this journey I learned some things about myself: I love to learn, have a very broad interest in many sustainability subjects and I love building a convincing business case (a bit of a lawyer thing maybe, the joy of building a convincing case 😉). Also I found out that there are great opportunities in switching to sustainable operations for many companies, not only from a planet perspective, but from a profit perspective. I would love for more companies to see the potential in this for them. But unfortunately (and logically..) a lot of the discussion is focussed on negative matters and why we have to act to save our planet. I believe more companies can be convinced by bringing a positive message, focussed on the benefits for their business. Or in the words of Paul Hawken: “*We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius.”
I think many people are concerned about sustainability and would like to put this on the agenda of the company where they work or perhaps are shareholder or director of. But not everyone has the right resources. It is often unclear in the sustainability discussion what is truly right and what to believe, and writing a convincing business case can be very difficult without the relevant knowledge.
I would like to make this easier by setting up a database with correct and legit sources on sustainability topics. A database that can be searched easily and where one can find easy to read and understand and trustworthy sources of information (which people are already working on on OT 😊). I would like people to be able to search on a subject such as sustainable building or LCA and find a set of great articles they can use to build their case. To create added value, I would also like to create and include pieces of argumentation with reference to good resources, that would be available to use. Also I would like to assist people with writing a convincing business case by reviewing or drafting one.
In the legal field, there are many of these types of databases available, which provide so much added value for inhouse lawyers that lack backup of a big legal team. Of course it is also helpful for sutdents. I can imagine, with more and more inhouse sustainability managers and staff being hired, who will also have to make business cases for changes they would like to make within organisations, demand for such a database could also grow for sustainability related resources.
I have noticed there are some resource databases available on sustainable topics but most of them are focused on scientific use or on one specific subject. I think something for a non-scientific and broader audience could still be lacking.
Very interested to hear your thoughts: do you think this would be something for which there is demand in the market? And what would really give added value to this idea?
Hi Jodi! I think this sounds like a great idea - something practical and relevant to the businesses is definitely needed. This is something I often find when working with clients - many have heard the messages and the needs but given individual business pressures, they need to be able to identify the risks and levers that are specific to their own business and circumstances. I think most of the value really comes from making it relevant and practical for the business at hand, and so if the resources cover various industries/ circumstances that companies can relate to, this would be very helpful.
I work in international development and infrastructure, and it is often challenging to build strong cases for sustainability where there are multiple other pressures and demands and stakeholders prioritise something else.
I would love to chat and hear more about what you are working on
Thanks Marina, good to hear! I'm still just pitching the idea with some people to see if it is interesting. Would be great to have a chat about it in the near future, it really helps to hear different opinions and market needs.
I will reach out in a few weeks if that ok, just want to take some more time to work on the idea.
All the best
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