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  • Environmental and social sustainability

Environmental and Social Sustainability

Protecting the environment and improving social conditions in communities is more than just risk management and regulatory compliance - it makes business sense. More than ever, environmental and social risks can be controlled and opportunities leveraged to ensure lasting positive change in line with sustainable development goals.

Key services that we offer include:

Compliance with national and international standards

Our ESS team help clients do much more than simply meet basic environmental and social regulatory requirements. We will work with you to meet internationally respected standards and frameworks, such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards and the Equator Principles, in order to access finance, manage reputational risk and demonstrate leadership. Future-proof compliance entails staying ahead of rapidly changing regulations and we can help you achieve the best outcomes.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Create environmental and social staffing structures and identify appropriate local and international partners
  • Engage communities and key stakeholders to manage expectations obtain a social ‘licence to operate’
  • Develop best practice systems, indicators, documentation and policies

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Environmental and social due diligence

Any financial investment can have a hidden or unacknowledged environmental, social or governance impact. Resolving these issues after financial close may result in additional permitting requirements, excessive delay, increased costs or even threats to the viability of your investment. We will carry out comprehensive environmental and social due diligence so that you can be confident that you fully understand your investments.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Undertake environmental and social due diligence on investments, divestments and M&A
  • Undertake  human rights due diligence
  • Monitor and evaluate projects and programmes
  • Establish appropriate levels of transparency and disclosure
  • Develop environmental and social action plans

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Sustainability reporting and accounting

There is increasing pressure from stock exchanges, investors and governments for organisations to undertake sustainability reporting as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and transparency initiatives.

Our team will help you produce regular sustainability reports with transparent accounting for financial as well as environmental, social and governance performance.  We help ensure compliance with international standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. We can help provide a complete and reliable picture of value beyond the bottom line, appreciating manufactured, intellectual, human, social and natural capital as well as financial capital.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Determine sustainability reporting requirements
  • Understand how the six capitals (financial, manufactured, intellectual, human, social and natural) apply to your organisation
  • Design sustainability reports and infographics
  • Perform materiality and sustainability risk analysis
  • Implement data collection and sustainability accounting systems
  • Analyse data and KPIs for inclusion in annual reports
  • Provide data analysis, assurance and auditing of sustainability reports
  • Perform stakeholder engagement and consultation
  • Create communications plans for all reporting requirements
  • Benchmark performance against peers (e.g. FTSE4good, CDP, GRESB).

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Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS)

Implementing and continually improving systems for managing your environmental and social impact is the only way be become truly sustainable. An ESMS provides the framework for future-proofing your activities: setting objectives, establishing plans and seeking continuous improvements through monitoring and progress reviews.

As per ISO 14001, EMAS and other standards, such systems should be regularly audited by third party experts. Similarly, health and safety standards such as OHSAS 18001 and quality assurance standards such as ISO 9001 will help you implement the policies, procedures and controls needed to ensure the smooth running of your operations.

Whether you are establishing an ESMS or adopting international health and safety, we will support and guide you to ensure that you achieve the benefits of the improving your environmental and social management systems.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Manage the ESMS process and/or second staff to help build internal capacity
  • Design documentation and procedures related to the management and implementation of an ESMS;
  • undertake formal audits, or guide compliance outside of formal reporting systems
  • Automate environmental and social data management.

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Auditing and assurance

Sustainability auditing, also known as environmental and social auditing, is a third-party evaluation of the impact of your core activities and your sustainability initiatives. benchmarked within a given industry or sector. Sustainability assurance provides third-party verification of the validity of sustainability targets, objectives and data produced. In some jurisdictions, sustainability auditing and assurance is a legislative requirement.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Audit organisations and projects for compliance with prevailing national regulations, international standards and best practice;
  • Conduct any environmental and social audits
  • provide assurance and verification to AA1000 standards.

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Environmental and social project management

Infrastructure projects or development programmes normally address environmental and social considerations in planning and regulatory documents. We provide the competent, knowledgeable environmental and social project managers and specialists with a clear understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues required to ensure project aims are achieved. This is more important when projects or programmes are likely to have significant environmental and social impacts.

Our experience is that environmental and social impacts are better managed when external project managers deliver improved accountability and transparency.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Deliver environmental and social management plans and  resettlement action plans
  • Provide experienced environmental and social specialists for key project needs
  • Ensure appropriate levels of transparency and accountability
  • Development of environmental and social teams and build capacity
  • Manage and support environmental and social projects in all sectors

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Environmental permitting

Our team has valuable experience managing the environmental permitting of multi-million dollar international projects operating across various sectors. These include mining, oil and gas, energy and construction and within challenging contexts and locations. We provide essential guidance at all project phases in undertaking Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) and associated planning documentation in compliance with national environmental permitting regulations, key international standards such as the IFC Performance Standards, and international frameworks such as the Equator Principles.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Undertake scoping, feasibility studies and options assessments
  • Provide design and engineering inputs to mitigate key impacts
  • Develop ESIA and Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMP)
  • Manage biodiversity studies and the development of offsets for impacted species, habitats and ecosystems
  • Prepare Resettlement Action Plans (RAP), compensation planning and livelihood restoration frameworks
  • Undertake public consultation and community engagement.

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Climate change and sustainable development

Energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, product lifecycles, waste management, carbon offsetting and emissions trading all have an impact on climate change. Each is a specialist area and understanding interconnections and trade-offs between various approaches is complex.
We can advise on handling and mitigating the impact from these areas.  We will also help you improve the cost savings associated with improving efficiency.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Perform resource and energy efficiency audits
  • Create climate change action plans
  • Provide training and capacity building 

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Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation of environmental and social programmes enables donors and development agencies to quantify the benefits realised by their interventions. This data is invaluable in delivering successful projects as well as informing decision-making processes. We will advise on the appropriate monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

Our team can support you to: 

  • Monitor and evaluate projects in a variety of sectors
  • Perform baseline analyses to help you understand which impacts are a direct result of your projects and programmes;
  • Develop environmental and social action plans to IFC and international standards and frameworks (e.g. the Equator Principles). 

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