The circular economy is a complex and broad-ranging concept built on a collection of systems, principles and ideas. However, it becomes easier to grasp when it is thoughtfully broken down and tackled as smaller pieces which can then fit together to create the bigger picture. We are here to help you make sense of it all, identify the pieces which collectively form your journey and apply them in a way that will deliver the best possible outcomes.
Through our 3-tier service line we can meet your business requirements regardless of how far you have progressed and can take you from simply understanding the business case for further action, to implementing a well-considered strategy aligned with your business values and long-term corporate objectives.
You can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve come from.
This is where we begin.
By looking at what your business is currently doing and reviewing it against industry standards, emerging trends and best practice, we can clarify the opportunities available to you and help to define your ambitions and emerging priorities. Many businesses are often surprised when they realise how far they have already come, and we want this process to not only identify the way forward but to also highlight what you’ve achieved, as this forms the foundations of your future success.
One of the most common questions asked by businesses is how they compare against their peers. We can conduct an extensive desktop review of how you currently manage resources using your existing data and other information on your current environmental and resource management activities. We will then objectively compare this information against what your competitors and industry peers are focussing on and highlight where the similarities and differences lie in goals, objectives and strategic visions.
You cannot begin to address resource efficiency without first understanding how you purchase, consume and dispose of them. This exercise quantifies the size of your opportunity by mapping the flow of resources through your business and determining the biggest areas of consumption and disposal, and where materials have a high environmental impact. We can then use this information to plan quick wins, and longer-term goals and activities.
By running insight sessions with staff at various levels in your business we can identify the key drivers behind your ambitions and help you to prioritise them, so your future decision-making is guided by a clear sense of purpose. This is particularly useful as it will help you to strike a balance between reactive activities which you may need to deliver very quickly, and longer-term activities aligned to your wider corporate objectives.
In the Gap Analysis we bring together all of the information that we have gathered on your current performance, and your industry peers, and compare this against your business drivers and priorities. Then, in consideration of wider best practice we identify your biggest opportunities and the actions that you need to take in order to realise them over the short, medium and long-term.
The difference between a wish and a goal is a plan.
Now you know what it’s all about.
We’ve clarified your starting position, what is important to you and where you want to go. So, it’s time to turn this information into clear actions that will lead to meaningful change. Some actions can be done quickly and with little hassle, while some will need greater consideration and will result in more far-reaching impacts across your business. To understand the difference, you have to first map the journey: knowing what steps you want to take, when is best to take them and who you need to bring along for the ride.
It is often said that you can’t manage what you can’t measure. However, it is not simply a case of putting numbers next to everything as many sustainability issues are difficult to quantify. By understanding what matters to your stakeholders and your business we can help you to come up with suitable metrics upon which you can demonstrate the value of what you are doing in a way that resonates strongly with them.
How many times have you come up with a great idea that would most probably work, but doesn’t get approved because it is a bit too big/ complex/ risky/ conceptual/ all of the above? Well, you’re in good company, because the emerging circular economy is built on many of these ideas which, at first, fell into one of these categories. We can help you to restructure your ideas into something that can quickly gain traction and sell the bigger picture in a way that seems smaller/ simpler/ less risky/ more practical/ all of the above!
This is the culmination of Insight and Opportunity in which we bring together your vision, identified activities and desired outputs into one succinct roadmap that defines the path of least resistance to achieving your long-term objectives. We use our understanding of your business and your varying stakeholders to define roles and responsibilities, and critical actions which could unlock even greater potential further down the line. We then work with you to encase this roadmap with a clear overarching narrative and that all-important ‘elevator pitch’ to secure senior-level endorsement.
This exercise is very powerful in helping you define what and how you intend to report on sustainability and point you further in the direction of strategic issues that matter to your stakeholders. We begin this process by helping you to define the information that you are looking for and how you want this exercise to inform your wider strategy as well as your reporting requirements. This enables us to identify the correct stakeholders for the process and determine the right questions to ask them – only by getting this right will you be able to receive information that will help you to make the right decisions for your business.
It’s not about the pieces but how they work together.
It’s time to deliver.
Now you know what you want to do and how you’re going to do it, we will help you to successfully embed your strategy into business operations. This will require all of the parts to come together and move in the right direction, fine-tuning of the details and applying them in a way that resonates with your various stakeholders and creates a lasting sense of ownership over what you are aiming to achieve.
Having done the hard work of setting out your activities and roadmap, you now need to execute! As certified project managers we can efficiently manage the delivery of your resource management initiatives and campaigns against clearly defined success measures. In addition, we can also assess how your existing campaigns are performing and propose ideas to boost impact and visibility.
Developing circular, resource efficient businesses requires collaborative efforts across industries and product value chains in order to ensure that objectives are aligned. Using our strong professional network, we can help you to create strategic partnerships with like-minded organisations to facilitate sharing of knowledge. These partnerships can also bring external credibility and a trusted circle of ‘critical friends’ who can help challenge and advise on your strategy as it progresses.
The long-term success of your activities will be determined by the extent to which your staff at all levels understand and embrace what your business is aiming to achieve. Developing the right tools to train and engage them is an essential part of this process. We undertake Training Needs Analysis before we develop any materials, in order to understand what is needed for different groups of staff and which methods would be most effective for them. From this valuable information we are able to develop and deliver a programme of tailored training materials across your business and, of course, make sure that you can measure the impact against agreed indicators.
Reporting can be a minefield of standards, awards and certifications, all requiring the same information in slightly different ways and by deadlines that all fall within a week of each other! Many businesses find themselves completing these submissions without really understanding why or, once achieved, the value that these efforts will actually bring. Is it a mandatory requirement? Is it to keep up with your competitors? We help you to decide what you want to achieve from your reporting activities, so that you can allocate your time and resources according to where you will gain the greatest value.