Strategy and Transformation

Sustainability has become a mainstay in boardroom discussions. Sustainability now plays a fundamental role in how businesses are run today. The emphasis is on how a company's operations affect the environment and society, as well as how this influences its business model.

The attention of customers, suppliers, regulators, investors, and society has extended beyond the financial statements. They are seeking more information on how companies take responsibility for the ecological and social impact of their business models, and how they factor this into their long-term growth.

Sustainability can no longer be managed in a silo, nor can it be considered as only mitigating negative impacts on society and the planet. Instead, sustainability needs to become increasingly integrated into the core of organisations, reflected in purposes and missions, managed across operations, and critical to engaging investors and lawmakers alike.


How does Sustainability affect strategy and transformation?

Strategy: Organisations who understand the impact and urgency of ESG and cannot only act on it but make it an integral part of their corporate and business strategies have the potential to not only keep their license to operate but identify growth opportunities, enhance reputation, ease access to finance or be competitive in talent acquisition.

Transformation: To effectively execute on the ambitions and targets set, organisations need to change the way they operate - reflecting ESG in their organisation, in processes, incentive schemes, and daily operations as well as decision making.

While sustainability is not a new topic to the business community, the future lies in its integration into daily business operations. It can create value for businesses across four ends:

  • More growth: Through the lens of ESG, proactive businesses are capturing emerging opportunities and repositioning in new ecosystems through technology innovation, circular economy, and enabling sustainable solutions.
  • More trust: Gaining trust involves accountability, transparency, and engagement. Engaging internal and external stakeholders, prioritising their needs and communicating impact win their trust and allegiance to the brand.
  • Lower risk: As businesses comply with regulatory requirements and run a responsible supply chain, reputation and other social risks are reduced, thereby improving brand identity and integrity.
  • Lower cost: Sustainable companies are found to outperform their market competitors as they have favourable access to capital and save non-compliance fines and penalties.

How are you building your sustainability advantage?

Questions business leaders need to consider when assessing their sustainability position:

  • What is our long-term sustainability ambition - and is it integrated with our strategy?
  • In which steps of the sustainable value chain are we already active?
  • Do we have full transparency on what our competitors are doing?
  • How are our activities currently impacting our growth and profitability?
  • Do we have a clear roadmap to achieving our sustainability goals in each step of the value chain?


How we can help you

PwC supports clients in building businesses that transcend generations and create sustainable value through:

  • Integration of sustainability Into corporate strategy
  • Impact strategies
  • Alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, 
  • Inclusive prosperity
  • Technology and innovation
  • Disruption



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