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Yesterday’s businesses were often oblivious to their negative impact on the environment, today’s responsible businesses strive for zero impact and tomorrow’s businesses are learning how to make a positive impact.


Is your business ready for tomorrow?

 

 

 

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As engineering and construction professionals, we all know that the industry has a huge role to play in creating a more sustainable society. Building, running, maintaining and decommissioning our physical infrastructure accounts for 50% of our total energy use.


As we become more aware of our own responsibility for sustainability, it is imperative for all engineering and construction companies to consider the role they should play. Failing to do so means companies will lose their ‘social license’ to operate, resulting in fewer clients, alienated stakeholders and an increased risk of being targeted by disruptive activism. Embracing and integrating sustainability is now an opportunity for engineering and construction companies to gain a competitive advantage. Responses to environmental issues need to be truly integrated rather than simply an add-on, nice to have or ‘green washing’.


“Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt… There will be industries, sectors and firms that do very well during this process because they are part of the solution.”
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England.


We work with engineering and construction companies who seek to gain and maintain a competitive advantage by enabling sustainability to transform all aspects of their business so as to create and share greater value. This is achieved through:

 

 

 

Essentials of Sustainability Leadership is a highly practical and interactive two-day workshop providing engineering and construction leaders the opportunity to improve their own knowledge and understanding of the sustainability crisis we face and to consider the type of leader they need to become to address the challenges ahead. This workshop has already successfully prepared local authority politicians to turn ambitions on reducing carbon emissions into action following declarations of a climate emergency.  For more information see Essentials of Sustainability Leadership service.

 

 

Developing Sustainability Leadership

 

Leading an engineering and construction company to become more sustainable requires a leader to have the capability to be able to deal with high levels of complexity, innovation and collaboration.  Research is finding that it is the leaders who have developed to the ‘Post-conventional’ stages of adult psychological growth are best able to demonstrate this capability.  What a leader does and how they do it comes from their consciousness – it is the ‘source’ of their leadership. ‘Developing Sustainability Leaders’ is a 12-month programme designed to develop leaders to the post-conventional stages. For more information our Developing Sustainability Leadership service.

 

 

Eco-Value Engineering

 

Value engineering often focuses on cost reduction rather than increasing value.  However, greater value can be realised through engineering construction solutions which contribute to creating a more sustainable society.  These solutions often then lead to lower costs in constructing, running, maintaining and decommissioning the physical infrastructure in the long term. See our Value Engineering services.

 

 

 

Integrated Management is a process for developing a business model that encompasses not only the financial priorities of a business but includes environmental, social and governance performance.  An integrated company is constantly looking for innovative ways to create value while contributing to building a sustainable future.  In return, the company becomes the provider, employer and investment of choice. For more information see our Integrated Management services. 

 

 

Whilst we live in a time of constant change, research tells us there is still up to a 70% failure rate for change management projects. Organisations continue to manage change in the same old ways and yet expect different results.  To create a more sustainable future, our society needs engineering and construction companies to implement change in a way which delivers new results. It’s not constant change which is the problem, it’s the management of it.  Change is a natural process that flows through everything, imposing management on this creates blockages. The management of change only becomes necessary when the organisation operates like a machine.  When the organisation operates more like an ecosystem then change flows naturally. For more information see our Organisational Change services.