How we help

Sustainability is not a stand-alone issue. No matter what question comes first, Sustainalize addresses the full management cycle. We like to take our clients on a journey. At the end of this journey, we promise your organisation will be better aligned with its purpose and ready for the future.

Strategy

& Execution

In a rapidly changing world, companies face strategic challenges. Sustainalize can help you create foresight by understanding how these trends & developments are already changing the future. Having the right strategy & focus in place is crucial to accelerate performance and create sustainable impact.

Impact

& Performance

Create more positive impact by gaining better insight into strategic risks and opportunities, your company’s supply chain and have a properly working management information system in place. We support you in translating complex data into clear management information and develop efficient monitoring systems at the same time.

Integrated

& Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability has no standard course of action; every company is different, and each sector has its own sustainability themes. What matters (partly) depends on the interests and expectations of stakeholders. It is, therefore, no surprise that sustainability goes hand in hand with a focus on external reporting. An important means to inform, inspire and engage with stakeholders on the company’s sustainability objectives and performance.

Ratings

& Recognition

When it comes to sustainability, transparency is key. Stakeholder expectations, regulatory demands and external rating agencies require external disclosures that can take much effort. We take the weight off your shoulders.

Foresight

Strategy development​

During your sustainability journey, it is important to understand your company’s current position and the corresponding landscape. Together we will create this insight, looking at general and sector-specific trends and events in your industry that affect your company. We dive into your peers, suppliers, clients, media, legislation – you name it. And identify which ratings & recognitions are relevant. We also focus on what your company is already doing regarding sustainability, the level of engagement and, more importantly, obtain an understanding of the level of ambition. Do you want to be a sustainable leader or a smart follower? With this foresight, together we formulate the basics with help of our strategy ladder: what are the values, principles, purpose, and vision? Which sustainability areas to focus on, and how may these be visualised in a framework? You will discover your organisation’s license to grow and thoroughly distinguish yourself from competition.

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Focus

Ambitions, KPIs & targets​

Next, we dive deeper into the established focus areas. What is the ambition level per focus area? How do you compare to your peers? To what extent can the ambitions be measured and, if so, what should the measurement look like? To develop the right set of ambitions, workshops are provided to help you identify what is needed for future success. During these workshops, we will identify internal stakeholders, ensure a levelled playing field, and facilitate the internal dialogue. This provides a framework for internal action and external communication. The result? A well-balanced focus with the right ownership and support throughout the company.

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Execution

Alignment & autonomy

Strategy execution is all about putting strategy into practice. By successfully executing your sustainability ambitions, a company creates value for customers, employees, investors, and society. Its impact will be defined by the perfect balance between alignment and autonomy. However, balancing this can be difficult. It is important to answer the questions: What do we need to do? What do we need to be good at? The answers to these questions are your value drivers. The next step is finding out how will we measure progress along with these drivers (steering KPIs) and create a grip on performance. Sustainalize can help and support your organisation to track progress over time, start to secure reliable data quality, and align with external ratings and recognition. Efficient and concrete.

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Impact

Measurement

How does your organisation impact the planet and how do you envision this to be? Gain better insight into strategic risks and opportunities by making your impact transparent and measurable. Increasingly stakeholders (incl. shareholders) demand insight in your organization’s impact on its surrounding in the long run. Sustainalize helps you in assessing the actual needs of the organisation and allows you to focus on what matters most. Next, the calculations start. For example: the total environmental impact of a project or product is calculated, using Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). An organisation can use impact calculation to understand the operating environment, set company targets and report on it. Visualisation of regional impact differences enables succinct management decisions. Our impact methodology helps you map out these social costs and benefits, and allows you to make choices based on a complete picture.

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Performance

Measurement

You may have already formally formulated your ambitions with output KPIs and identified those activities that you need to do and/or need to be good at, combined with steering KPIs. Then you will have some form of measurements in place to track performance. In this realm, maturity varies, as does the use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. A clear understanding of the scope (what are we going to measure?) with a focus on purpose (does what we measure make sense?), versus the effort (does the benefit outweigh the effort?), is key. This necessity follows both the strategy & execution and impact measurement. As we move forward, we will not lose sight of your company’s existing objectives and starting points.

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Data quality

& Reporting processes

Having the data is one thing; ensuring its quality is something else. Many standards and benchmarks require external verification to demonstrate data quality. Sustainalize enables you to turn data into actual information through reporting formats and dashboards. Our approach lays the land for external verification of the data. We run you through pre-verification rounds and supply you with proper reporting manuals and governance suggestions to lower your time investment in the external verification process to an absolute minimum.

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Human rights

& Sustainable supply chains

In most organisations, the biggest impact is made in the supply chain. To accomplish your company’s strategy, you have to make sure your supply chain works towards the same sustainability goals as you are. Sustainalize uses internationally recognised standards and guidelines to identify those themes with the greatest impact within your supply chain. For example, we can help you make climate risks transparent in line with TCFD or demystify and embed human rights in your business. Having worked with and within companies, we recognise that translating the UNGPs into business language is crucial. We will guide you through these guidelines and identify the key steps for your organisation to prevent human rights violations in any chain of your organisation. Together we transform complex supply chain issues into concrete priorities for your company.

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Integrated

& Non-financial reporting

How can you highlight the story behind your organisation’s sustainability efforts? One important aspect is transparency. Non-financial reporting allows companies to share their values and their approach to sustainability issues with the interested stakeholders. Also, more and more countries are adopting legislation that includes sustainability reporting. This can be in the form of a separate document or an integrated report. Sustainalize can either support you with the technical specs of non-financial reporting, such as bringing it in line with reporting standards and benchmarks or write the full report in accordance with your ambitions. For us, the challenge is equal. With our in-depth knowledge and experience, we support you in telling your sustainability story in the most authentic and transparent way.

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Stakeholder

Engagement

Organisations play a pivotal role in society; people depend on them and vice versa. The opinions of both internal and external stakeholders affect the decisions and actions of organisations, who in turn have a direct impact on their surroundings. To determine the most relevant themes regarding people, planet and society, you consult your stakeholders. By creating a continuous dialogue, you give meaning to your stakeholders’ priorities and expectations. Sustainalize can help strengthen your stakeholder interactions in various ways, both online and offline (workshops, dialogue sessions, surveys, etc). That is how we translate your sustainability themes into priorities that really matter for your stakeholders.

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Sustainability

Communication

Sustainability communication can take different forms. Some organisations communicate more formally through their annual sustainability report, others want to communicate with their stakeholders more regularly. We can help with these choices. Based on our experience we present different options, after which we choose the form that best fits your organisation together. Including the related annual sustainability reporting requirements, such as the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Our in-depth knowledge of internal and external sustainability communication enables us to inform and engage with a wide audience. We formulate a plan to ensure that the shared information covers all sustainability topics that matter most to you and your stakeholders.

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External

Reporting

The number on benchmarks and ratings is almost endless. More and more investors, rating agencies and financial institutions make use of ESG related benchmarks & ratings to support their investment decisions. Due to this increasing interest, the variety of benchmarks & ratings has grown. Of course, investors, consumers, customers, and governments are increasingly attaching importance to policy and performance around sustainability. Completing these benchmarks & ratings has become a form of external reporting that is increasingly important, simply because stakeholders value it more.

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Benchmarks

Widely known

The most widely-known benchmarks & ratings with regard to ESG include the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Sustainalytics, MSCI, ISS, Vigeo-Eiris, Ecovadis, and for the larger Dutch companies the Transparency Benchmark (TB). Sustainalize has deep familiarity with these benchmarks and ratings. We have a deep understanding of their methodology and their expectations of companies. To make it even easier to support your organisation, we partnered up with some of these benchmarks & ratings. We will identify gaps and provide sufficient advice on what is needed or is seen as best company practices. Our guidance can help you focus your information and improve your score or rating.

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Improved

Performance

Sometimes the required information is not available. At other times, a certain rating makes it clear that a company is lagging in certain areas. The impact of this can be significant, especially if customers require certain scores, policies, ratings, or quality marks. Sustainalize translates your benchmark score into concrete improvement plans and establishes a link with your strategy. This way, your benchmarks and ratings can initiate a new, more sustainable management cycle.

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