We provide sustainability impact with a Nordic perspective
As a Copenhagen-based consultancy with deep knowledge about the Nordic perspective on sustainability, we work with Scandinavian and international clients to ensure lasting sustainability impact.
We see sustainability as an innovation and strategy agenda. It is about staying relevant in a fast-moving world where impact is ever more important in any organisation, public or private. Equally, it means rethinking the ways we organise and metrics we choose to view the world and our activities. Luckily, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a unique future forecast and framework for organisations to guide their development.
This calls for consulting expertise that is less about compliance and more about strategic direction. We facilitate organiational change towards sustainability by providing strategy processes, sustainability insights, and thought leadership on our clients’ journey to become fit for the future.
Strategic processes for sustainability impact
Working with clients to align current and future activities towards better business and effective governance. Based on SDG and future fitness frameworks, our approaches and tools take clients through systematic processes that drive business innovation and organisational development for sustainability impact.
Insights for better decision-making
Developing analyses and reports that help organisations make informed decisions and better understand their role and impacts in the industry and society at large. Our knowledge within the sustainability agenda and experience within public and corporate risk and change management help clients take the right next steps.
Thought leadership for positioning
Shaping narratives on strategic agendas and helping clients demonstrate sustainability leadership. We help organisations push the envelope in today’s fast-changing world by creating internal alignment and telling the world about their sustainability activities.
SDG-integration and corporate responsibility reporting in the financial sector
We assisted Nykredit, one of Denmark’s largest financial institutions, in the process of integrating the SDGs in their strategic responsibility work and strengthening their reporting on corporate responsibility. Building a tool to strategically use the SDG Compass, we assisted in prioritizing relevant SDGs and targets and developed a plug and play process for identifying relevant indicators and KPIs. We also conducted a stakeholder workshop to align prioritized SDGs in the organization. Finally, we provided support and review on the annual corporate responsibility report and GRI reporting.
Identifying and showcasing city solutions to battle climate change
Client: Realdania & C40 Cities
In collaboration with Realdania and C40 Cities, we will gather the 100 most innovative city climate solutions in the world. These will be evaluated through a methodology co-developed with C40 Cities, which will measure the city solutions on their ability to reduce emissions and adapt cities to the changing climate. The selected solutions will be published in a report to be unveiled during the Mayor’s Summit in Copenhagen in October 2019. The yearly C40 Cities Awards will find its winners from the 100 finalists and will be announced during the summit.
Surveying and analyzing SDG-integration of Nordic companies
Client: UN Global Compact local networks in the Nordic countries
Based on data from a comprehensive survey distributed to members of the UN Global Compact in all Nordic countries, this project will provide unique insights into how Nordic companies are integrating the SDGs into their business activities and working with sustainability more generally. We supported the local networks of the UN Global Compact in developing the survey and we will analyze the data and present the findings in a report to be published in the spring of 2019.
Building green, competitive, resilient, and inclusive cities of tomorrow
Client: Asian Development Bank
The Asian Development Bank brought together 300 participants from across the region in Beijing for an “International Forum on Low Carbon Development for cities in Central Asia”, in order to exchange ideas on how to build the sustainable cities of the future. We moderated the event across its two days and presented Nordic sustainable cities solutions that could be transferable to the regional context with the aim of inspiring participants to promote stronger action for low carbon development through their roles as city officials.
SDG performance analysis and aligned strategic recommendations
Client: CBSS & NCM
Working with the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), we authored the report Baltic 2030: Bumps on the Road providing an overview of SDG implementation in the Baltic Sea Region, aimed at informing strategy and prioritisation discussions for national and regional collaboration. Performance on the SDGs is examined across the region’s eleven countries, while five selected SDGs are discussed at the indicator level. Based on this analysis and extensive stakeholder involvement, the report recommends seven avenues for action where CBSS and NCM can contribute to the Agenda 2030. The report is currently being presented in numerous high-level political events such as the Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
Sustainable supply chains & business operations
Our knowledge of strategic and operational sustainability management helps our clients structure and operationalise real impact to be fit for the future, and we are able to support with management systems as well as certifications. For BRIO, we provide ongoing support to its CSR department on quality & risk management throughout the organisation and its supply chain, especially regarding the sourcing of certified wood for their iconic toys.
Ocean bioeconomy recommendations and high-level forum facilitation
Client: NORA and project partners: NCM, FAO, the Commonwealth Secretariat & The Government of the Faroe Islands
We supported NORA, an intergovernmental organisation, in running a 3-day Forum on Blue Growth and bioeconomy in Malta and authoring the report Blue Growth in Large Ocean Nations. The Forum brought together delegates from 15 different nations, including ambassadors and ministers, with the aim of discussing the potentials of sustainable Blue Growth and promoting greater collaboration between nations. We planned and facilitated a process that led the participants through various case studies and discussion sessions, the conclusions of which are presented in a report with seven recommendations and 24 ideas for initiatives that can nurture more sustainable Blue Growth activities in Large Ocean Nations.
SDG training on impact, implementation, and thought leadership
Client: Swedish Institute
We supported the Swedish Institute with SDG training and process facilitation for the Baltic Leadership Programme on Agenda 2030. The training program targets national sustainability experts and policy coordinators under the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), focusing on implementation of the SDGs at national and regional levels across all countries in the region. We led a series of workshops and presentations on SDG impact, thought leadership, BSR SDG performance, and EU SDG implementation in Stockholm, Tallinn, and Brussels, while also developing an internal podcast tailored for participants to stay up to date on the program content.