Planning – We conduct ecoSWOT analyses to empower our clients to strategize

For sustainable business continuity

An ecoSWOT analysis identifies an organization’s strengths, or core competencies and weaknesses by applying environmental/technological terms of reference – energy saving and waste reduction initiatives, information and communication technologies, a streamlined supply chain, support networks of eco-friendly and local suppliers of goods and services.  The business’ bottom line and organizational culture are redefined by pinpointing external threats and opportunities through environmental scanning of competitors’ business practices, demographics, economic and legal environments, shifting consumer trends, and evolving governmental policies.

The ecoSWOT analysis culminates in an inventory or organizational profile that lays the foundation for choosing one or a combination of the following three business-level strategies: cost leadership, differentiation and focus, also known as target strategy.  Strategy, however, is not an end in itself, but a tool or means with which an organization becomes better prepared to navigate the increasingly turbulent and competitive waters of today’s globalized business environment.  As national, provincial and local governments enact and revise laws that more efficiently  manage resources and the competing interests of their constituents, navigating the regulatory landscape is guaranteed to become more complicated and complex.

 

Business Objectives – We devise competitive strategies and pinpoint tactics

To empower our clients to actualize resilient adaptive strategies

Integral to the actualization of a strategic plan are tactical actions or responses to thwart identified external threats.  To overcome internal weaknesses and boost business structure resilience, the organization devises and employs tactics that will build or shore up its pinpointed core competencies or strengths.  While strategies are directional statements and answer the question “where”, tactics are the nuts and bolts of strategies and answer the question “how”.  Unsustainable business practices or weaknesses that jeopardize an organization’s viability can be overcome by committing to tactics or objectives to reduce waste, and integrate new energy efficient and communication technologies.

An indispensable tactic integral to a sustainable strategic plan is to operate with thrift and if possible, without incurring debt.  Ever mindful of the finiteness and value of natural resources -or what economists call externalities – the sustainable business organization, regardless of its strategic plan, is committed to reducing the cost of doing business.  By engaging in ecoadaptive business practices, and incorporating the Triple Bottom Line, the organization not only shores up its own core competencies and resilience, but also that of the local community in which it operates.

 

Sustainable Communications – We compose Mission Statements and Sustainability Policies

Once an organization has identified its core competencies, formulated a sustainable strategic plan and devised competitive strategies and tactics with a view towards fulfilling its business objectives, it is established business practice to draft a Mission Statement.  The Mission Statement lays the foundation for the organization’s vision and announces to the world the business or businesses in which an organization intends to compete and the customers it intends to serve.  Increasingly, organizations are drafting Sustainability Policies that act as a moral compass for its employees and to garner the patronage of a growing number of environmentally conscious consumers and investors.

 

Risk Management

To empower our clients to manage risks and plan for contingencies we identify risks and develop contingency plans

An assessment of an organization’s functional areas and business relationships, followed by an evaluation of the risk of loss and its potential severity are proactive measures and the points of departure for the formulation of a risk management or contingency plan.  While the finance and insurance industries focus on the quantitative elements of risk analysis, the sustainability management professional or practitioner applies a more holistic and qualitative problem-solving strategy to managing risk.  An orientation towards foreseeing all manner of risk is the most protective armor that a business organization can don to reduce its risk exposure.