Sustainability

Embedding purpose into your organization’s DNA

What is the best way to maintain sustainability in all aspects of your business?

Ensuring a sustainable future delivers wins for your business, community and society. We’ve reached a tipping point when it comes to sustainability. It’s time for your organization to decide whether it will be part of the solution or part of the problem. What does that mean?

Today, businesses are expected to put a stake in the ground when it comes to environmental and social practices. But words and intention aren’t enough to make an impact. You have to weave sustainability into the core of your organization’s purpose and values and put tangible, meaningful action behind your words. And you have to do it for every aspect of your business.

In the past,  sustainability simply meant that you were serving as a curator of the environment. Now, sustainability means that you’re a curator of everything, from your people to your customers to society at large. That means sustainability has to permeate everything you do. It’s not a project limited to one department of your company; it’s a movement that transcends roles, responsibilities and silos. And it’s imperative that you participate fully in the sustainability movement on every front if you want to build a resilient, successful business for the long-term.

We understand that sustainability affects every aspect of your business, from transportation to supply chain to HR. We’ve helped organizations like yours on a transformational journey, building the leadership, talent, policies and culture needed to support your ESG strategies—from net neutral carbon and other climate programs to diversity and inclusion initiatives and digital solutions. We work with you to build a circular economy that maximizes the value of your resources. And we help you form a team of teams to address the challenges and recognize the opportunities that a more holistically sustainable organization affords.

How we can help

Our sustainability specialists offer a full range of talent solutions, including organizational design, assessment and succession, talent acquisition, leadership development and rewards and benefits consulting. We help you build a disruptive sustainability function that’s ready to focus the business on an environmental and social agenda, shifting your operating model and ways of working to deliver a competitive advantage.

Here are some of the challenges we can help you address:

Identifying top sustainability talent

The demand for talent in sustainability functions is high, with no signs of stopping. But, for years, many organizations have underinvested in sustainability, so they have a talent pool that may not be well-equipped to lead an ESG movement into the future. We help you ensure you have talent that aligns with your purpose and values that’s ready to move your social and environmental strategies forward. We can:

  • Create a common language and framework for understanding talent that ensures alignment between business strategies and your sustainability efforts, including your values and purpose
  • Identify the traits, drivers, competencies and experience that are linked to success in sustainability-related roles
  • Identify a diverse roster of prospective talent using our rigorous, data-driven assessments
  • Reskill and upskill talent with the skills they need to deliver on your transformation

Assembling a bench of future leadership talent

Building a successful sustainability movement requires visionary, inspiring leadership. Sustainable organizations need resilient leaders who understand the issues at hand, who can forecast what’s coming next and who are capable of collaborating, negotiating and exerting influence over multiple stakeholders. They must be courageous and resilient, ready to embed sustainability in your organization’s ways of doing work. Our consultants work with you to ensure you have current and future leaders capable of accelerating progress to goals. We:

  • Assess your high potentials’ strengths and skill gaps to determine opportunities for learning
  • Design a training program that develops leadership and soft skills to equip future leaders 
  • Ensure new high potential hires are a cultural match by reviewing their leadership competencies, personality traits and commitment to your purpose

Building employee engagement

Sustainability and ESG only succeed when your leaders and workforce are highly engaged and dedicated. And to succeed in sustainability, you can’t treat these issues as one-offs; rather, you must embed ESG in every team’s purpose. We work with employees at all levels of your organization, ensuring that everyone recognizes how their work affects your organization’s mission to become more sustainable. When an employee’s inner purpose aligns with your organization’s broader purpose, it unlocks their motivation to perform, innovate and grow. We work with you to:

  • Define a purpose, mission and vision that aligns with your organization’s culture and business goals
  • Create long-term ESG and carbon neutrality goals
  • Advise leadership on how to foster a mindset that supports diversity and inclusion with our Inclusive Leader Program

Setting the right rewards and compensation structure

Getting the balance between rewards that are incentivizing, fair and transparent is difficult. But if your employees don’t perceive their rewards as fair, they’ll be disengaged, and they won’t follow through on their commitments. But a reward strategy that aligns with your business imperatives and values and that’s well understood? That’s what delivers engagement—and business results. We help you build a reward structure that drives performance and rewards people for their contributions. Here’s how we do it:

  • Ensure your rewards program creates followership and overcomes short-term thinking
  • Create a reward framework that meets the needs and expectations of employees at different phases in their employee lifecycle
  • Make sure employees understand the big picture behind your compensation and benefits strategy-and how they fit into it