Sustainability Delivery Group
Harnessing the expertise to deliver sustainability
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plus carefully selected guests.
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IES Diversity Initiatives Phase 2 – From research to action
14:00 GMT on 23 February, online
Following the publication of their research report 'A Challenging Environment: Experiences of Ethnic Minority Environment Professionals', the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) has launched phase 2 of its Diversity Initiatives, which is looking to take forward some of the recommendations of the report focused on inspiring those from diverse backgrounds to begin and sustain a career in the environment sector.
In this roundtable discussion, Ethny Childs, Communities & Partnership Lead at the IES, will provide an overview of the Initiative, plans for 2023 and ways organisations within the sector can get involved.
Access to meetings depends on membership tier - please contact Lisa Turner, Membership Development Manager if you would like to attend firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous roundtables/Business Leaders' Forums:
Sustainability Delivery Group Roundtable
10-11:30 GMT on Wednesday 16 November, online
George Davies, Director of Sustainable Development, Rail Safety and Strategy Board, will introduce the meeting, along with two of his topic experts - Brian Clarke and James Wright. They will give an early preview of the Sustainable Rail Strategy (SRS). Developed by RSSB with the rail industry, the SRS is the blueprint for a cleaner, greener and more socially positive railway.
The briefing covered three strategic areas: social responsibility, emissions and the natural environment, as well as identified common solutions and example routemaps. This private roundtable is an opportunity to learn about how the industry is coordinating its approach and the challenges it faces.
The key questions we explored are:
How can we best secure delivery of the Sustainable Rail Strategy, embedding it into the railway and its supply chain?
How can the E&S consultancy sector support this process?
Business Leaders' Forum: Exploring the Evolution of ESG in Environmental & Sustainability Consulting
4-5:30pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on Monday 22 August at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Colorado
ESG is becoming an integral part of your clients’ businesses from climate and sustainability goals to employee recruitment and retention, and business ethics and governance. ESG factors are central to long-term growth and commercial success. But what does this mean for the environmental & sustainability consulting sector, your value proposition, and the services you provide?
The first part of this in-person forum, held on the eve of our Global Business Summit, explored the impact of ESG and evolving client needs on the services your company offers, how business models are evolving in response, and how you can differentiate yourselves in a world where everyone is “doing ESG”.
The second part looked into the growing expectation for infrastructure projects to be planned, designed and delivered sustainably, and how project finance and ESG are driving change.
UK Business Leaders' Forum: Exploring the Evolution of ESG in Environmental Consulting
4pm BST on 21 June at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London
ESG has become an integral part of your clients’ businesses from climate and sustainability goals to employee recruitment and retention, and business ethics and governance. ESG factors are central to long-term growth and commercial success.
But what does this mean for the environmental consulting sector, your value proposition, and the services you provide? This in-person Business Leaders’ Forum, which took place on the eve of our 8th annual UK Business Summit, explored the impact of ESG and evolving client needs on environmental consulting services, how business models are evolving in response, and how you can differentiate yourselves in a world where everyone is “doing ESG”.
Following a couple of short industry opening perspectives, there was a group discussion on two topics:
Responding to Changing Client Expectations
Finding the ESG “sweet spot” – identifying where the sector can deliver the most value and differentiate itself
Where does “traditional” consultancy fit in – transitioning from traditional permitting and compliance services to a more advisory-focused role
Examining the role for SMEs
“Walking the Talk”
Showing leadership - managing your own net zero goals and internal ESG strategy and governance aligned with stakeholder and client expectations
Business Leaders' Forum
26 April online at 11am ET / 8am PT / 4pm BST
The theme of this forum was Managing Organisational Challenges & the Impact of the “New Normal” on Business Structure, Culture, & Practices, based on our recent Future of Consultancy report.
The session began with a top-line summary of the report findings presented by Ross Griffiths, Operations Director, Environment Analyst, followed by an industry perspective from Alizabeth Aramowicz Smith, EHS Senior Consultant and Health and Safety Practice Leader, Antea Group USA.
Attendees then moved into small breakout groups to discuss:
What the post-Covid organisation looks like and the long-term impact of remote or hybrid working on internal and external relationships:
employee and client engagement & connection
future talent pipeline development
the culture of the organisation
the optimum workplace strategy
The extent to which aligning company purpose and values with ESG goals can enhance employee recruitment and engagement: developing sustainability leadership
Evolving business models aligned with operational and project trends and changing demands for consultancy
UK Sustainability Delivery Group Roundtable
27 January 2022 at 2pm GMT
Jo Gilroy provides insight into the challenges that Kier and the wider construction industry are facing and how, amidst the pressures they are facing with supply chains, Scope 3 emissions and Biodiversity Net Gain, she sees collaboration, not competition as a positive way forward, using the UN SDGs as a roadmap.
Speaker: Jo Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, Kier Group
North American Business Leaders’ Forum: Attracting & Retaining Talent
12 January 2022 at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT
This North American Business Leaders’ Forum took place on 12 January at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT and discussed attracting and retaining talent.
The Forum began with opening perspectives from three industry executives:
Diane Woodall, Vice President, People & Organization, Wood
Lisa Kay, Chief Operating Officer, NV5
Priya Jain, Chief Growth Officer, Atlas
This was followed by a smaller break-out and wider group discussion, which explored:
The impact of Covid on the business and employee turnover - “The Great Resignation”
The challenges faced in recruiting and competing for talent
Flexible working and other impacts on staffing / projects
UK Sustainability Delivery Group Roundtable
Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 4pm GMT / 11am ET / 8am PT
Matthew will provide an update on Sustainability Reporting Standards, including new Universal Standards being introduced this month, the current and future reporting landscape, and drivers for further adoption. This will lead into a discussion on how to reduce confusion in the use and application of standards and increase the availability of transparent, usable metrics for ESG reporting.
Speaker: Matthew Rusk, Head of North America Regional Hub, Global Reporting Initiative
Investor Perspectives: Growing Momentum for ESG Analysis and Systemic Action on Climate Change
Wednesday 29 September 2021. 4pm BST /11am EST
Kirsten Spalding, Senior Program Director, Ceres Investor Network, will be joining us for this roundtable. Kirsten will give a short talk on the growing momentum for ESG analysis and systemic action on climate change. She will look at how investor demands of corporate leaders are getting clearer and how collaborative actions between investors and companies, policy makers and regulators are having real economy impacts.
Speaker: Kirsten Spalding, Senior Program Director, Ceres Investor Network
UK Business Leaders' Forum
Thursday 22 July 2021
This Forum brought together senior executives from leading environmental consulting firms, as well as policy experts, early career professionals, industry participants, and strategic advisors to discuss the major issues and drivers impacting the growing skills shortage.
Key themes discussed include:
How to attract graduates
Improving the visibility of the sector
Fostering skills for a successful career
Employee retention and engagement
Finding attractive propositions beyond salary
North American Business Leaders' Forum
Wednesday 5 May 2021
This Forum provided a global market overview, including highlights from Environment Analyst's latest research into the global environmental consultancy market (in advance of publication), as well as discussions around:
Digitalization opportunities and threats:
What are the barriers to digital transformation (culture, cost, systems)?
Which services are vulnerable to competition? Why?
How can digital technology tackle customer pain points?
Discussion theme two - Visibility and relevance:
How can environmental consulting firms improve their visibility and relevance at a time when sustainability and ESG are becoming mainstream?
How to become the defacto partner of choice for the green recovery?
What are the threats presented by adjacent solution providers (auditors, management consultants, lawyers, etc), and what can we learn from their approach?
How will Biden's climate policies resonate with your clients, and how can you help them?
From SDGs to Action: Benchmarking for a Better World
Thursday 15 April 2021
COVID-19 is delivering the final blow to an economic model that is no longer environmentally or socially sustainable. We have an opportunity to rebuild a more inclusive, just, and sustainable world – with business as the engine of the reset – but greater transparency, guidance, and accountability is needed to enable companies to lead by placing people and the planet at the heart of the recovery.
Wednesday 3 March 2021
To achieve wellbeing goals sustainably, organisations need to be armed and fully prepared to make the scale of strategic transformation necessary. In doing this, business leaders need to recognise the scale of change becoming purpose-driven represents; hence why it is both difficult and a huge opportunity and use this awareness to smooth the path and drive the change. In doing so the ground can be set for deeper, long-term success and not just surface change.
Embedding Sustainability in the Board Room
Tuesday 8 December 2020
Sustainability Services in the Exponential Decade
Wednesday 5 August 2020
Leading the Transition to Net Zero Through the Lens of COVID-19
Tuesday 14 July 2020
Business Leaders’ Forum - Roundtable Discussion B:
Tuesday 7 July 2020
Making Sustainability Relevant: Creating the Right Package & Reaching the Right People
Effectively translating the SDGs into tangible business and productivity goals as part of the environmental consultancy offering.
Exploring the changes required in positioning, charging and language used to reach the C-suite and key decision-makers within client organisations.
Business Leaders’ Forum - Roundtable Discussion A:
Wednesday 1 July 2020
Accelerating the Delivery of a Zero Carbon Economy
Exploring alternative partnerships & coalitions to maximise collaborative value & accelerate innovation (Pledge to Net Zero initiative)
Practicalities of applying a natural capital approach & measuring environmental Impacts
Exploring how the tools available can be used effectively to enable better decision-making and help deliver a zero carbon economy.