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Sensiba Center for Sustainability’s Process

The 2020s have been described by the United Nations as the ‘decade of action’ on issues of sustainable development, social equity, and climate change. The global scientific community is overwhelmingly aligned in its assessment that we must cut emissions in half by 2030 and achieve Net Zero by 2050 at the latest to stave off the worst impacts from climate change. For investors and fiduciaries, this assessment also represents the most incredible opportunity since the Industrial Revolution: for forward-thinking companies to reimagine their business structures to prioritize decarbonization, resiliency, and responsible practices.

The role of the financial services sector is critical to this effort. Companies face mounting pressure from stakeholders to address the climate crisis and build resiliency into their business operations. These efforts essentially come down to allocating financial resources and long-term planning. As such, they require coordinated alignment with a trusted partner that is adept at helping an organization’s finance and operations teams ‘make the business case’  to integrate sustainability and climate action into the company’s DNA.

With the launch of the Sensiba Center for Sustainability and our sustainability and climate action service offering, Sensiba San Filippo continues to demonstrate how we are positioned to leverage our ‘Using Business as a Force for Good™’ mantra to help our clients tackle big challenges and seize new opportunities. Our approach comprises three “phases” and can be custom-tailored to meet clients where they are on their respective sustainability journeys.

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Sustainability & ESG Assessments

Phase I: Assess

The first step is to assess the current organizational landscape to identify key opportunities and threats. This phase enables all organizations to establish baselines and pinpoint the most appropriate places to intervene for maximum impact across relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics

  • Assess your business’ unique sustainability landscape and benchmark against relevant reporting frameworks (SASB, TCFD, ISSB, B Corp™, SBTi, UNSDGs, etc.)

  • Gain your Impakt IQ ESG Score, Report, and Scorecard that all align to TCFD, SASB, ISSB, & the SEC standards.

  • Identify your top non-financial sustainability metrics

  • Conduct a gap analysis for the B Impact Assessment

  • Define industry and organizational materiality
  • Compile responses to Supplier Sustainability Surveys

  • Compile a third-party verified greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory for Scopes 1-3

  • Conduct a product life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • Develop ESG / Impact roadmaps for purposeful investing
  • Perform a pay equity analysis
  • Provide an IT sustainability security assessment

Sustainability Strategy and Climate Action Planning

Phase II: Act

Now we can begin building a strategic plan together and put initiatives into action that demonstrate the nexus between sustainability and good business practices to build credibility and generate momentum. SSF can accelerate this process by helping organizations identify areas of inefficiency that directly impact resource use and plan for a low carbon future — we call it making the business case for sustainability.

  • Develop a strategy for improving performance against industry sustainability metrics, focused on balancing capital constraints and impact intervention opportunities
  • Host stakeholder workshops to understand concerns and priorities and inform future plans
  • Set tangible and compelling sustainability goals
  • Obtain a 3rd party verified sustainability certification
  • Prepare a climate action and decarbonization roadmap
  • Plan for supply chain resiliency and identify logistics risks
  • Streamline your data collection and reporting process
  • Create a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) roadmap
  • Align company financials with sustainability performance
  • Secure tax credits, grants and other incentives that align with your initiatives

Sustainability Reporting

Phase III: Articulate

Once you have a structure in place for measuring, managing, and mitigating your impacts, we can collaborate with your communications and marketing teams to integrate sustainability performance into core messaging and branding. This critical step helps demystify a complex topic, share your story in an authentic and brand-appropriate way, and cultivate a new generation of consumers who are ready to reward your leadership.

  • Compile a sustainability report
  • Develop story arcs around your sustainability data
  • Present calculated ROI of sustainability initiatives
  • Communicate actions and plans to stakeholders