We work with you …
to inform, shape and implement your company’s sustainability strategy. Together we stoke growth via innovation, increase customer and employee satisfaction, and improve ESG ratings.
Sustainability consulting services
The Age of Sustainability is just beginning. It presents threats and opportunities for your business because investors, employees and customers expect strong environmental and social performance.
That’s why companies are reducing their carbon footprints, limiting plastic use and cutting toxins and pollutants.
In 2020 Osgood Consulting prepared the new sustainability strategy for a tech company in the Fortune 300. Our work included the first materiality analysis undertaken by the company in response to growing customer sustainability needs. We helped the company set one- and three-year goals, and develop a roadmap to tackle waste, consider net zero carbon commitments and expand its diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts.
We also assisted a tech start up establish its sustainable finance goals, create its charitable giving frameworks, crystalize the company’s purpose. and ensure its values are embedded in its policies, management systems and KPIs.
Now is the time for leading companies to secure their position in the emerging “circular economy.” By tackling sustainability with innovation, companies can implement new business models to reduce waste, increase efficiencies and improve performance.
We start where you are and work with you to set your sights, operationalize effective strategies and get everyone on board.
We guide you to get sustainability jobs done right:
- Benchmarking and roadmaps to set your direction
- Materiality assessments to help you prioritize actions
- C-suite and Board level engagements to build buy-in
- Reports to share your commitments and progress.
We can help you achieve:
Climate change action, carbon reduction and net-zero emissions
- Measure your company’s carbon footprint.
- Develop science-based reduction strategies to achieve goals.
- Operationalize and embed strategies into all parts of the business.
- Engage employees with goals to co-develop strategies.
- Develop external and internal communication plans.
Sustainable innovation, innovation for good
- Integrate sustainability parameters into innovation processes.
- Create new services and products that have embedded positive environmental and/or social benefits.
- Establish benchmarks and impact measurement for new goods and services.
Supply chain management and codes of conduct
- Develop codes of conduct and scorecards for suppliers.
- Engage employees on the importance of supply codes of conduct and how impactful supply chains are for sustainability.
- Ensure compliance transparency in supply-chain regulations.
- Develop external communications and reporting to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements.
- Issues scanning to identify thorny issues before they become reputation risks.
- Map stakeholders by topic and issue area.
- Identify possible areas of common ground and collaboration.
- Develop engagement strategies such as in-person meetings with a neutral facilitator.
Giving back: corporate philanthropy and smart pro bono programs
- Identify charity partners and opportunities aligned with your company’s purpose.
- Craft meaningful pro bono programs for employees to deploy their skills for impact.
- Establish a foundation with strong governance.
- Develop impact metrics, reporting and communications.
We are proud of the work our clients accomplish
Reducing carbon emissions, strengthening supply chain reporting, partnering on complex issues to innovate sustainable solutions.
Climate change action: net zero emissions strategy and action plan
54% of adults in the U.S. strongly or somewhat agree that corporations should take action to alter climate change impacts, according to a recent Morning Consult poll. Companies need to confront the issue, and make a commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with science-based targets. We are measuring the carbon footprint (scope 1-3) and creating a carbon reduction strategy to enable a growing hotel venture to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Responsible sourcing for complex supply chains
Companies’ environmental and social performance extends into supply chain and purchasing decisions. In the last decade governments stepped up their focus on supply chains. They issued regulations specifically addressing human trafficking and forced labor in companies’ supply chains. New voluntary standards and frameworks have been created to guide best practices in complex and difficult regions. We recommended voluntary standards and reviewed U.S. legislation and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARS) relating to responsible sourcing for a leading global steel and mining company.
Stakeholder engagement to spur innovation
We brought together the then 3 independent Virgin airlines, fuel specialists and climate change experts to advance up-take of sustainable renewable jet fuels (SRJF). The economics of a joint project were not feasible.
However, the project propelled individual airlines to pursue partnerships to secure SRJF. This work required a long view and is now bearing fruit, as demonstrated by Virgin Atlantic’s recent commercial flight using LanzaTech’s next-generation sustainable fuel.
Stakeholder engagement to advance on sticky issues with activists
A well-run group of stakeholders — even those with strongly opposing views — can find common ground and define a roadmap forward. Stakeholder engagement enables everyone to be heard so they can define shared goals together. Companies evolve their positions on societal, cultural and environmental issues through such engagements. After Virgin Holidays came under attack from animal rights activists for selling tickets to tour operators such as Sea World, we facilitated a dialogue that included the company, animal rights activists, lead aquaria, and tourism leaders such as Sea World and swim-with dolphin resorts. This group of diverse stakeholders found sufficient common ground to draft the ground-breaking “Virgin Pledge.” The Pledge committed Virgin to never work with tour operators that take dolphins or whales from the wild. The pledge evolved to end Virgin’s sales to operations that hold captive dolphins or whales such as Sea World.