Leveraging our existing experience and expertise in management consulting, investments, and foreign markets, Lombard is at a key advantage to assist businesses worldwide to identify and monetize the value hidden behind the lens of sustainability.
Sustainable solutions often require innovation, and ingenuity. Lombard has the experience, brainpower, creativity, and tools to deliver innovative solutions that save clients money and reduce environmental impacts along the supply chain.
Lombard’s sustainability services are customized and vary in scope and depth. We work with our clients to target areas of opportunity within key business processes including:
Lombard Global offers an overall sustainability audit, which evaluates business processes through the lens of economic, environmental, and societal aspects. Specific targets for identification include: inefficiencies/opportunities for cost savings, innovation, opportunities for increased/improved brand awareness, joint venture, and increased competitive advantage.
Following the audit, Lombard will process the results and work with the client to evaluate next steps for implementation. Performance metrics will then be put in place so that the action steps can be monitored and evaluated for their success and effectiveness.
The overall process is as follows:
Lombard can focus on specific process areas if a company has already ventured into the process of auditing its business from a sustainability perspective. The audit components are typically approached in a sequential order, beginning with operational aspects.
1. Low Hanging Fruit: Operational Aspects
Most clients are best served by starting with a quick wins approach, where “grabbing the low hanging fruit” is the priority. Such opportunities are typically found within the operational branch of business processes and include such areas as:
Lombard incorporates the common elements of energy, waste, and water audits, and utilizes best practices to benchmark the footprint to that of top performing competitors, quantifying use/generation volumes by end uses and environmental impacts (i.e. green house gases, hazardous and non hazardous waste generation), identifying strategies for eliminating/reducing inefficiencies (i.e. technology replacement/upgrade), quantifying the costs for upgrades, and calculating the SROI (Sustainable Return on Investment). The SROI factors in all practical avoided costs of economic, environmental, and social impacts.
This aspect of the audit may be as elaborate as exploring the energy/waste/water footprints associated with various product manufacturing processes, or as basic as evaluating the impacts of a single office building.
Transportation & logistical inefficiencies/opportunities will also be analyzed at this stage. This might include potential fuel shifting of conventional company fleets to run on alternative fuels, or eliminating inefficiencies in transportation routes.
The focus in the operational segment is on synergistic solutions that help to resolve inefficiencies overlapping all three resource areas. For example, a product that is redesigned to require less raw material will have a subsequent reduction in energy and water use, and generate less waste.
2. Employees and Stakeholders
Once all practical quick wins have been exhausted, the focus will shift to employee and stakeholder involvement in the transition towards a more sustainable business.
This begins by providing the client’s employees and stakeholders (i.e. investors) with the proper education/training programs to ensure that the value of sustainability is fully understood, and can begin to be made a core component of the business. Employees learn what they can do to enhance the company’s position to maximize sustainable advantage, and investors learn how sustainability is giving the company a clear business advantage.
Simultaneously, the client workforce and related operations are evaluated for inefficiencies using best practices (i.e. LEAN manufacturing techniques); where employee health, safety and well being is considered an integral part of productivity and opportunities for improved working conditions and increased performance are explored.
3. Sustainable Business Strategy
The internal aspects of the business have been evaluated and changes are beginning to occur. The audit can now get to the core of the business and evaluate its position in the marketplace with respect to competitive products and services that stand out as profitable, and good for the global community.
Once we have taken all necessary steps to understand the client’s core business, goals, aspirations, and plans for the future, opportunities for realigning effective business strategies are explored and opportunities for significant SROI identified. For example, this might come in the form of new, sustainable innovative products or services that offer an increased competitive advantage, or opportunities for joint venture with other industry players to capture areas of market demand that require greater resources.
As part of this step Lombard will evaluate the client’s brand and branding strategy in light of sustainability and identify if and how it can be adjusted to capture the customer, and stakeholder appeal of a highly sustainable business. This will allow the client to reposition the business with an edge over the competition now and in the future. Basic examples of this might be opportunities for certification of buildings as LEED, or green product certification (i.e. cradle to cradle).
4. Greening the Supply Chain
Once the client’s business has begun to transform internally, focus on the supply chain takes the forefront. Here, building on the results of the previous steps, the supply chain analysis takes the available information on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of various products and processes within the client organization and traces them back to their origins within key vendors and suppliers. These are then evaluated at a more in depth level, and results are presented to the client and the respective vendors and suppliers, along with opportunities for improvement and strategic solutions.
The focus here is on win-win opportunities that invite the various players in the supply chain to adopt sustainable business practices that impact the client and their products and services. The successes of the improved upstream supply chain are relayed to downstream buyers, and they are similarly consulted for win-win opportunities.
Lombard utilizes its own Sustainability Senior Advisors, Consultants and a global network of experts to assist with technical advising for complete expertise in sustainability consulting services. Such subject matter experts include Industrial Ecologists, Energy Engineers, Six Sigma Black Belts, LEED APs, Sustainable Marketing/Branding Experts, Transportation Engineers, Green Supply Chain Professionals, and Organizational Behavior experts.
Sustainability Consulting Service List
- Sustainability SWOT Analysis
- Green Supply Chain Analysis
- Sustainability Reporting
- Sustainability Planning/Roadmapping
- Carbon Footprinting
- Energy Audits
- Waste Audits
- Water Footprinting
- Stakeholder Assessments
- Organizational Behavior Analysis
- Employee Engagement Programs
- LEAN Process Analysis
- LEED Project Consulting and Administration
- Risk Assessments
- Feasibility Studies