Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)

Don’t mistake values as politics.
ESG is not about injecting politics or personal opinions into your business.

ESG is about aligning the methods and means to revenue performance, EBITDA, profitability, and valuation to the drivers of the license to operate in the new paradigm of stakeholder capitalism.

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Public entities, often larger and multinational, have greater impositions of accountability, scrutiny, and regulation to manage with the added complexity of bureaucratic structures. Allocations for ESG innovations can often conflict with the resources needed to support transparency, disclosure, and compliance that comes with operating in a shareholder-based market.

Private companies, on the other hand, are freer to prioritize a customized ESG approach that serves their specific context. ESG then becomes proactive: A driver of strategic advantage with a transformational impact on market value and enterprise valuation.

Gnarus has partnered with Strategic Impact Partners (“SIP”) to provide our clients with access to a comprehensive suite of ESG-related services. Jointly we are able to offer expertise on the full spectrum of ESG opportunities.  Gnarus brings deep mastery of environmental policy & regulations, along with insurance, litigation, risk management, and engineering experience.  The   SIP team has been involved with the Corporate Integrity movement for 25 years.  They offer a multi-disciplinary team of former C-suite executive, current Board directors, operations management consultants, educators & trainers, as well as respected subject matter experts – all of whom have significant experience in key ESG areas.  Our integrated team is ready to help you move from having an impact to becoming transformational for customers and clients, their markets, investors / shareholders, and all stakeholders.

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Areas of Focus

Sustainability Model Development

Develop, evaluate, measure, and implement your sustainability program with a cross-disciplinary perspective, including a focus on product and process sustainability (PPS).

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Sustainability Reporting

Our world view is derived from years acquiring an understanding of the dynamic ESG landscape. It enables a quick learning of the unique stakeholder expectations of each client need, which in turn provides the client organization with an authentic ESG narrative and disclosure strategy. From this precision approach, programs are tailored to exceed stakeholder expectations when possible, and align with ESG-related reporting frameworks as assurance in a risk reduction-business continuity strategy.

Materiality Assessments

Approach probabilistic modeling in the context of real-world business and litigation issues. Apply sophisticated quantitative modeling techniques to help identify ESG factors that may have material impact on your business.

Conscious Governance

- Realign Board structure to the competitive market landscape

- Recast fiduciary jurisdictions, charges, functionality oversight

- Incorporate greater future casting into Board process

- Mandate ongoing individual and collective ‘self care’ to better enable agility, resilience, risk navigation

- Improve Board director data analysis and literacy focused on emerging new risks and value creation opportunity

- Enshrine process, infrastructure, assimilation of ongoing stakeholder sentiment data

Conscious Leadership & Management

- Behave authentically with public, private, and interpersonal consistency

- Deploy an integrity-centric management framework

- Break down barriers, inspire trust, enable safety

- Model a culture of candor; be the definition of apolitical

- Institutionalize inclusion and belonging

- Practice mutual everything (e.g., disclosure, transparency, accountability)

Human Capital

- Eliminate liabilities in DEI&B ‘window dressing’

- Correlate DEI&B hires and Board appointments to programs specific to what prompted the recruitment

- Secure a Preferred Employer Brand readiness and status

- Empower your people then free them to lead consequential change in brand equity and stakeholder confidence

Supply Chain

- Partner as an owner with your sourcing company customers

- Empower frontline procurement to collaborate directly

- Develop an ESG supplier relationship management program: policy, standards, functionality/process, branding

- Pursue and acquire a Preferred Supplier readiness and status

- Use scenario planning and institutionalize contingency relationships to enshrine your disruption response

Value Development & Acceleration

- Reconstitute and capitalize on your hidden or underutilized assets

- Use ESG models to boost your innovation function and standards benchmarks

- Partner to accelerate scaling and improve your attraction to better aligned resources for growth and desired outcomes

- Productize and commercialize a defendable innovation asset that will drive revenue and calculate as a valuation enhancement

Digital Transformation

- Restructure tech as a cross functional, inter-jurisdictional radar system

- Support greater collaboration, dismantling of silos, and disempowering of power fiefdoms

- Enhance access and report on vital information; depoliticize access


- Close the walk-talk gap to reduce risk and liability exposure

- Build a culture of integrity as a firewall and competitor neutralization strategy

- Move brand away from identity depictions to a responsive behavioral framework structurally interdependent with in-market customer experiences

- Systematize a lifecycle of meaningful brand touchpoints for every hard and soft interaction

- Create occasions, moments, aspirations for sticky brand encounters

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