Hesys Sustainability Services
Championing 2015 UN Sustainability Goals
How can we help?
As members of society we are all becoming increasingly aware of the part that we can all play in protecting the environment and our precious resources.
As Hesys, we support and inspire organisations to build a more sustainable future, based on economic, environmental and social domains but also in collaboration with other organisations.
Personally, I have been fascinated by environmental and social challenges since researching Corporate Philanthropy and Social Responsibility for my MBA dissertation in 2002. Since then there has been increasing interest and attention on how organisations contribute. However, this topic does arouse strong passions and great enthusiasm. The research was based on interviews with executives from 9 organisations, who were without exception delighted to discuss their experiences, both good and bad.
Much has happened in the intervening years and now the climate emergency means that we all need to do something now. Every person and every organisation has a part to play.
At Hesys the focus is on supporting the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which offer the opportunity of each client organisation to set objectives to help align with some or all of these 17 goals. Our intent is to help our clients get started, start reducing waste and Green House Gas emissions. Sometimes, on any journey, the first step is the hardest.
How do we start?
We start with a Discovery workshop that includes a short presentation on the SDGs and some examples of how other organisations are working towards these. We then discuss the client’s goals and strategic plans.
Hesys then follow up with a summary and list of next steps, this will include a follow up meeting (the Momentum meeting) which is intended to confirm the first 1-2 goals and create a program. These goals then need to be benchmarked to provide a starting point for the program which is intended to have a 12 month duration with several measurements taken during the year. There are also likely to be a number of campaigns during these 12 months which may introduce additional goals and address different stakeholder groups. For example, it may be decided that the initial goal may be Goal 13 – Climate Action and that the key measure is Green House Gas emissions. The additional goal may be Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production with a metric on waste which may be applicable to a broader stakeholder community. This may require a more significant level of internal communication and participation and hence become a campaign.
Hesys would propose regular meetings or calls (at least quarterly) to review status, discuss progress, identify challenges and support additional campaigns. At the end of the 12 month cycle, there is an annual report and proposed plan for the following year.