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#InsightsIn5: Sustainability Simplified

For many organizations, even industries, the drive for sustainability has long been the elephant in the room”. It’s a big issue, wide ranging, far reaching with very high stakes. Add to that the acronyms, the vernacular, the myriad of standards and organizations, tackling sustainability can be a daunting task.

4xi Global Consulting & Solutions Managing Partner and co-founder, Simon Elliot, engaged with sustainability expert Jenna Rowe in simplifying the agenda, breaking it down into practical and actionable ways in which you can make an impact, make a difference and engage your entire team, and customers on a journey to progress.

Watch their webcast HERE:

"Integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts into business strategies is no longer simply a matter of reputation and trust, but of long-term competitive advantage, security and survival.”

Adoption of sophisticated environmental and socially responsible practices has become an important element in stakeholder expectations.

Depending upon the client’s progress in their efforts, interests range from simple energy and environmental assessments to complex emissions monitoring, market forecasting and outsourcing. Many clients face internal competition for funding and may struggle to gain approval for sustainability programs, but lack of funding does not eliminate their need to address whatever problem or opportunity they have identified.

By providing sustainability solutions which can be incorporated into existing consulting processes on a client’s behalf or implemented by the client themselves, we can reduce business leakage, avoid scope creep, and increase client satisfaction and retention.

The benefits to our clients are measurable and provide significant value:

Sustainability issues cut across all stakeholders both internally and externally to your organization but how do you balance the needs of all whilst at the same time driving impact and making a real difference?

People at all levels are vested in the future of our planet, the trick is harnessing their passion, focusing their efforts, and creating a program in bite size pieces that is easy to adopt and to embrace.

“We believe that making some progress no matter how small is better than making no progress at all. The key to progress is engaging with all the stakeholders, driving a spirit and culture of effort and care, and through communication making the results of their collective efforts visible.”

4xi can help you deliver support in messaging and educational materials which can be used to communicate sustainability goals and practices to your employees and stakeholders. Some practical examples include:

  • Behavioral Change Programs that communicate and raise the visibility and engagement such as turn off the lights, recycling, minimizing waste.

  • Green Team Development focused on integrating sustainability across all organizational functions and driving active advocacy.

  • Awareness including Training & Development focused on turning desire into deed.

Based on the principle of some progress is better than none, we recommend that a great start for organizations to embrace sustainability, and social and economic responsibility is to adopt the United Nations Global Compact, its 10 principles, and the 17 Social Development Goals.

  • Organizations struggle to balance financial impacts and operational needs with ESG considerations, as stakeholder expectations rise.

  • Investors are requiring greater effort, disclosure, and transparency in how companies address environment and social issues, and their performance.

  • Top Talent is emphasizing social and environmental responsibility when choosing a new role.

  • Communities are linking incentives and economic development packages to corporate responsibility.

  • Suppliers are increasingly required to demonstrate ESG performance and improve disclosure and reporting.

  • B2B Clients & Consumers are evaluating brand and reputation as well as price for purchasing decisions.

  • Regulatory Requirements are progressively more prescriptive and stringent, aligning with NGO’s like the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

Like with the elephant in the room, you can neither eat it in one sitting, its where to start without trying the impossible task of boiling the ocean in one go. Here is where 4xi might be able to help you as you consider what's possible, resource availability, and overall organizational commitment and investment.

Sustainability Simplified is a methodology based on some progress is better than no progress and a steppingstone approach to a journey which embraces the power of all your stakeholders in a way that it avoids paralysis and gets you on your way to a brighter future for the planet and our generations to come.

We can help you evaluate your current position and performance in the following key areas:

Sustainability Simplified is our way of enabling greater collaboration with our clients and partners and aligning efforts with the Sustainable Development Goals and Business Benchmarks.

As a result of this review of your current position and progress, and in the context of your organizational desires and commitment, then 4xi can help you put together your Integrated Strategy for future progress and provide measurements of success and monitoring to track your journey into the future.

Doing the right thing is the right thing to do.

At 4xi we believe that making some progress is better than no progress at all. Starting your journey from wherever you are today is a start. Rather than further complicating the already complex labyrinth of acronyms, myriad of standards and regulators, we believe in Sustainability Simplified.

Taking the great work, you’ve already started, through adopting the UN Global standards, assessing where you are at today, your aspirations for the future, and aligning executive sponsorship and resources across your organization. Through creating visibility and stakeholder commitment, collaboration, and action. And in turn creating an organization wide culture of commitment to doing the right thing, for our planet, our people, for our children and for generations to come.

It’s not just about what you can do for sustainability, its what excelling in this regard can do for your brand. ESG data helps investment firms make investment decision. The same data helps organizations leverage supply chain to reduce environmental impact. Then the companies themselves can use the data to influence their own business operations, In turn, leadership adopting an inclusive and sustainable operating model can improve performance and revenue.

Your commitment to doing the right things isn’t just good for the planet and the people, its good for business too!

“Making the commitment to a long-term plan and journey to sustainability isn’t just good for the planet, people, the future, its good for business too. 4xi can help you set your targets, create the journey map and help you along the way including providing measurements and data on what it really means to you and the impact and difference you and your organization are making.”

Understanding the opportunity, embracing the potential and making the commitment is just the start. 4xi Global Consulting & Solutions can help you navigate your way through the labyrinth of complexity and steer you in the right direction, helping you along your way.

Address the elephant in the room, take control, start your journey today and make a difference for all of our tomorrows.

For your copy of Sustainability Simplified, email us today: or download your copy at

Inspiring the future, together.


4xi Global Workplace Consulting & Solutions provides a range of services to support Corporations, Service Providers, Innovators, and Accelerators to navigate the world of work. Inspiring the future of work, together.

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