In the 1970’s Milton Friedman told us that “Businesses' sole purpose is to generate profit for shareholders” and that view has held sway for many decades. But today as investors, customers, employees, NGO’s and regulators look at business through the lens of sustainable development we all know that what a business does and how it does it, really matter. It’s no longer just about the money.
Every business will need to be sustainable
As across the globe we wrestle with the importance of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, businesses have a central role to play like never before. As world leaders, governments, regulators and consumers drive change, businesses can no longer afford to stand back.
Employees and prospective recruits will expect you to act sustainably, and so will your investors. Returns from sustainable business are already outperforming unsustainable alternatives. The law already requires major organisations to declare the risks they face, the strategies they have adopted and the targets and performance they are working towards - the rules are tightening. Customers will only work with sustainable suppliers, aligned with their purpose and mission.
To meet these expectations, every business will need to be clear on its purpose, its mission and the values it upholds. Every business will show the world that it understands its impact and has a strategy in place to make a positive contribution.
Getting this right is hard – we get that
We know that every business is unique, that’s where we can help. We will:
Understand how a clear sustainability strategy can give you a competitive advantage.
Purpose, strategy & targets SERVICES
Seasalt is a Cornwall based fashion brand that, for over three decades, has been known for its quality clothing and unique collections. Inspired by coastal culture and creativity, the company has a growing customer following and over 60 stores across the UK and Ireland.Learn More
Bunzl plc is a global distributor and logistics company, with operations in 60+ countries across five continents. As a leading FTSE 100 company with products and services linked to sensitive environmental and social issues, the company faces many drivers for action on sustainability, including regulatory pressure, investors, clients and NGOs.Learn More
I was impressed with the thoroughness and level of detail that our data set was analysed in. Presenting an extensive data set in an easy to use format was of great value in communicating the outcome of the work internally, and prioritising areas of the supply chain for future action.
Alan Sweeting, Global Health, Safety and Environment Senior Manager, Allen & Overy LLP
Avieco supported us in collating and organising data to develop a robust risk assessment process. They have been easy to work with, responsive to our requirements and pragmatic in their solutions.
Gijs Voskuilen, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bunzl
Avieco has been the preferred environmental consultant since the beginning of our journey to become a sustainable company. Dentsu Aegis has worked with Avieco’s experts on various areas, such as carbon footprint reporting and assurance support, and recently also advised us how to switch our global network to renewable electricity. The team’s expertise on environmental sustainability is impressive, and the work delivered is always of highest standard.
Lars Holm, Global Senior Manager CSR, Dentsu Aegis Network
Avieco informatively led us through the processes needed to reduce our carbon footprint. With their clear and concise advice we have been able to effectively reduce our energy and waste levels. Avieco made the complex notion of energy efficiency into a manageable and achievable reality
Nigel Pink, Group Engineering Manager, Dominos UK & Ireland Ltd
Avieco delivered exactly the workshop we needed to get our sustainability team and regional leads on the same page when it comes to ‘market-based’ reporting. It’s a challenging area to tackle for a global business – particularly when we operate in a number of markets where there is little or no choice in terms of energy purchasing. Avieco has given us the knowledge and tools to ensure we get our disclosures right – they really exceeded my expectations for what we could achieve in one afternoon!
Dr Julia Rowe, Group Sustainability Advisor, Johnson Matthey
We get that change is not easy. But we must be brave, challenge old ways, set new habits, embrace new thinking.
we get it.