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Our resources

Our library of useful documents, tools and links is free to use and is constantly being updated. Explore our resources to learn more about how we can help your business achieve its sustainability goals and obligations.


‘How on earth do we get to net zero?’

A Guide For Businesses

‘Net zero’ is the latest buzzword in the climate change lexicon. In fact, barely a week goes by without a raft of well known companies announcing their commitments to this goal.

This is, of course, encouraging, but at the same time there is much confusion over what ‘net zero’ really means, combined with huge variation in the way businesses are responding to the challenge.

So, what exactly is net zero? Why is it important? And how can you make sure your business gets on track to meet this most vital aim? In this insights report we answer these key questions and, drawing on real world examples, we explore the practical steps your business can take to develop its approach to net zero.


Sustainability Communications:

Stronger Engagement Through Better Stories

This insight report is the result of a round table discussion attended by 22 of the country’s most respected sustainability and communications decision makers.

We have broken down the top 5 most commonly shared communication challenges, and shared best practice response.  We have also evaluated how the brain responds to storytelling, with a focus on human-centric stories at the heart of a successful sustainability communications strategy.


The Business Value of Sustainability

This outlines the business case for sustainability and summarises the four main benefits of sustainability to business.

Under each of the four main benefits we have detailed the latest available evidence to answer the question, ‘what value does sustainability bring to my business’.

Therefore by enabling easy access to the business case for sustainability.

We will update this annually so you will always have the latest data.


How-to Guide: Sustainable Business Models

We live in a fast-changing world. Businesses are increasingly buffeted by major economic, social and environmental trends. New issues are emerging all the time and companies must quickly embrace a different way of doing things to support the business, as well as society and the environment.

In November 2018, we hosted a Sustainability Strategy Masterclass, to discuss the latest sustainability concepts that companies need to consider when developing comprehensive sustainability strategies. We introduced a series of topics to encourage and enable companies to move from incremental to transformative change in their approach.

Among the concepts we discussed is Sustainable Business Models, and how companies can create, deliver and capture financial value in innovative and transformative ways. Our How-to Guide introduces different models and suggests practical ways for companies to begin fundamentally changing how they approach value creation which directly addresses material environmental and social issues.


How-to Guide: Context Sustainability

We live in a fast-changing world. Businesses are increasingly buffeted by major economic, social and environmental trends. New issues are emerging all the time and companies must quickly embrace a different way of doing things to support the business, as well as society and the environment.

In November 2018, we hosted a Sustainability Strategy Masterclass, to discuss the latest sustainability concepts that companies need to consider when developing comprehensive sustainability strategies. We introduced a series of topics to encourage and enable companies to move from incremental to transformative change in their approach.

Among the concepts we discussed is Context Sustainability and how contextualisation is fundamental to addressing the critical question of whether a business and its activities are truly sustainable or not. Our How-to Guide explains the need for context-based strategies and targets, and suggests practical ways to leverage context-based approaches.


How-to Guide: Climate Change Strategy

We live in a fast-changing world. Businesses are increasingly buffeted by major economic, social and environmental trends. New issues are emerging all the time and companies must quickly embrace a different way of doing things to support the business, as well as society and the environment.

In November 2018, we hosted a Sustainability Strategy Masterclass, to discuss the latest sustainability concepts that companies need to consider when developing comprehensive sustainability strategies. We introduced a series of topics to encourage and enable companies to move from incremental to transformative change in their approach.

Among the concepts we discussed is Climate Change and the need for businesses to take a strategic approach by developing robust and ambitious mitigation and adaptation responses. This How-to Guide details the practical steps that companies can follow to address climate change strategically.


How-to Guide: Materiality

We live in a fast-changing world. Businesses are increasingly buffeted by major economic, social and environmental trends. New issues are emerging all the time and companies must quickly embrace a different way of doing things to support the business, as well as society and the environment.

In November 2018, we hosted a Sustainability Strategy Masterclass, to discuss the latest sustainability concepts that companies need to consider when developing comprehensive sustainability strategies. We introduced a series of topics to encourage and enable companies to move from incremental to transformative change in their approach.

Among the concepts we discussed is Materiality, and how businesses can take much greater advantage of this vital strategic tool as a foundation to developing transformative sustainability strategies. This How-to Guide discusses the value of materiality and offers practical tips on how to enhance its value within the business.


Insights Report: Business Engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

We are pleased to launch our latest insights report. This follows our most recent business roundtable discussion, where we convened 10 companies from a range of sectors to discuss different approaches to engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report highlights various considerations when approaching the Global Goals, from national perspectives through to how they can be used most effectively to inform and enhance strategy. We conclude by recommending four key steps for any organisation when approaching and integrating the SDGs.