It’s an understatement to say that the world is at a crossroads. Facing a global pandemic, climate crisis, and an increasingly divided society, the choices we make now will define the next decade. We can all agree that the clock is ticking and the move toward a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient society is one that has to happen immediately.
In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, organizations are making sustainability central to their strategy. But the pressure to make change also sees many efforts pulling in different directions. Businesses are walking a tightrope between purpose and profit, scale and agility, quick wins and lasting growth. We see a different way. Our ambition is to help companies shift from viewing sustainability as an obligation to an opportunity, tapping the long-term societal, as well as commercial, benefits of this approach. Sustainable doesn’t mean small. Responsible can be robust. Let us show you how.
First, we start by taking a big step back and examining the full picture. Even the best-intentioned efforts will fall short unless they’re part of an integrated strategy working toward a clear vision of success. We’ve learned over time that sustainable action can’t happen in silos, so we make sure to bring everyone along for the ride. By understanding expectations and engaging with investors, customers, and other key stakeholders, we help you build a culture of sustainable innovation. It’s not about parachuting in and forcing a new direction, but connecting action to your company values. Creating a strategy that’s right for you and you alone.
Next, we roll up our sleeves and get practical. Once we’ve identified and prioritized the opportunities at hand, it’s time to deliver the results. At the top of your agenda might be working out how to address the global effort to reduce carbon emissions and the massive implications this has on your entire business model. Our Energy Transition Institute was created to provide objective, relevant insights and, ultimately, answers. It’s crucial work that moves you from keeping up to breaking through.
You might be asking yourself how to create a supply chain that’s robust, agile, and transparent all at the same time. Perhaps you know you need to transform your operations but don’t know where to begin. As the original operations firm, Kearney can help. Our work around the circular economy explores how to reuse everything but the same old ideas—building resilience, driving efficiency, and reducing risk in new and exciting ways. If your challenges are more product-based, the Product Excellence and Renewal Lab (PERLab) is where we pull apart and redesign product portfolios from the ground up. We keep testing, refining, and reinventing your proposition until not only your products are sustainable, but your business growth is too.
It’s an undeniable truth that no single organization or leader can achieve change on their own. The only way to do it is to look beyond your own four walls and make sustainability a shared ambition. Kearney’s sustainability work goes to the heart of our pledge to be the difference for our clients and the communities in which we work. We seek to make a positive social impact in three primary areas, including energy and sustainability, economic development, and education and workforce. We help you collaborate with those in your value chain (without losing your place in it) and learn from peers, policymakers, social innovators, educators, and think tanks along the way.