Sustainability, foresight and innovation

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Ensuring a sustainable future for our planet will not be a straightforward journey, but it is an achievable one if sustainability through innovation is embraced.

Sustainability, foresight and innovation

Organisations are at different stages in their sustainability journey. Many are embracing sustainability through improving resource efficiencies and instituting sustainability reporting at the organisational level. Others are managing their material risks including both direct and indirect impacts. Visionary leaders are using their sustainability strategy to drive innovation resulting in a step change in company, product and supply chain performance and directly adding value to the bottom line.

Futureye helps organisations to develop sustainability strategies to create economic, social and environmental value across their organisations, products, and supply chains.

Clients choose to work with Futureye because of our:

  • Insights about emerging sustainability risks across different sectors and supply chains
  • Ability to de-risk operations, markets and technologies
  • Experience in building business cases that ensure organisational buy-in and deliver value
  • Innovative strategies that position the organisation to manage risks and capture opportunities
  • Expertise in communicating dilemmas and engaging effectively

 

Service areas include:

  • Emerging risk and shared value – cutting edge analysis of risks, opportunities and future scenarios for organisations to enable better preparedness for upcoming challenges.
  • Sustainability and innovation strategy – helps organisations anticipate and manage risks and take an integrated approach to driving economic, social and environmental innovation along supply chains, products and services.

Emerging risk and shared value

The assessment from an internal and external perspective of the most significant risks and opportunities an organisation faces across operations, supply chain and products to enable better preparedness for upcoming challenges and development of vision for the future.

Tools

  • Strategic foresight – including Scenario planning, Horizon scanning, Backcasting, Visioning, Cross impact analysis, Causal layered analysis, Integral analysis).
  • Materiality analysis – The assessment from an internal and external perspective of the most significant issues an organisation faces across operations, supply chain and products including consideration of outrage factors.
  • Opportunity identification – Identification of key opportunities to build shared value and increase productivity and competitiveness of companies.
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Benchmark – A comparison and analysis against the United Nations SDGs to understand the business implications and opportunities for alignment and the value that can bring the organisation.

Outcomes for clients

  • Key constraints are identified and understood by the organisation including economic, social and environmental aspects
  • Opportunities are identified that can deliver value to the organisation and increase productivity and competitiveness of companies.

 

The organisation understands how it compares to societal expectations as contained in the SDGs

Sustainability and innovation strategy

A program to help organisations anticipate and manage risks and take an integrated approach to driving economic, social and environmental innovation along supply chains, products and services.

Tools

  • Building organisational capacity for innovation and anticipation to increase productivity and competitiveness of companies.
  • Policy positioning – Analysis and assistance with strategic positioning of the business to align with, and influence, current and future policy.
  • Risk communications – Based on shared acknowledgement of the problem and build the foundations to resolve problems together and minimise future conflict.
  • Stakeholder engagement – Understanding key stakeholders’ concerns in detail, and then to engage in ways that seek to address and resolve their real concerns. Turning confrontation into collaboration, this kind of engagement enables organisations to win stakeholder and community trust, to improve their reputation, and to anticipate and minimise risks.

Outcomes for clients

  • Enhanced capacity to manage risks, capture opportunities and to build value across the organisation, products and supply chain
  • Build resilience by understanding future policy constraints and positioning the business
  • Business strategy and operations are matched to societal expectations
  • A robust social licence to operate
  • Compelling evidenced-based messages to build reputation as a responsible organisation

CathSmith

Cath Smith

Associate Director

Head of sustainability, foresight and innovation

Cath has an extensive background in social and environmental policy and civil society development, gained in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She worked full-time for non-government advocacy and policy organisations in Australia from 1985 until 2012, including community services and social policy, international development and environmental organisations. In the last decade, she has actively led ground-breaking multi-stakeholder partnership processes aimed for social outcomes.

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