Why I started a green economy consultancy

Sustainability is not a buzzword

BSI Circular Economy Guide

Our work in program evaluation adopts a systematic method of gathering and appraising information to make decisions about, for example, the efficiency and effectiveness of a program, policy or project evaluation. To this end we draw on approaches and insights concerning program evaluation from the Australian Public Service Commission, the Queensland and New South Wales Program Evaluation Guidelines, the Canadian public sector, and from the Australian Evaluation Society and the Canadian Evaluation Society. Our work is informed also by theories of change and behaviour in change management.

STRATEGY/FRAMEWORKS

What we do
When it becomes necessary to review the merits of a strategy or framework we evaluate and report on the content according to designated criteria. We source the required data through evaluation practices and/or design a new strategy or framework which might, for example, allocate resources more pragmatically or shift the emphasis on the work undertaken.

NRM/ENVIRONMENT/ SUSTAINABILITY

What we do
GeoTrends Sustainability is a specialist in catchment management area Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER).

Our advisory services reveal the hidden economic and social costs of environmental management and business strategy in an organisation’s data and stakeholder views. Bringing hidden costs and views to light enables leaders and managers to make change through data-driven strategies. This work can improve business knowledge of sustainability by providing a business with a better understanding of its own data and stakeholder values.

SCHEDULE OF GRI CERTIFIED TRAINING PROGRAM COURSES

What we do
GeoTrends Sustainability is a GRI Certified Training Partner providing training on the GRI Standards through its GRI Certified Training Program.

GRI CERTIFIED TRAINING COURSE

UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE GRI STANDARDS FOR A SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING PROCESS

GeoTrends Sustainability Consulting Pty Ltd

 

ACTION AND CHANGE: THERE IS NO PLANET B

In our 2-day (GRI) Certified Training Course on Sustainability Reporting you will learn how to conduct clear and focused attention to materiality and stakeholder engagement to minimise your organisation’s environmental, economic and social impacts. By applying the most adopted approach to sustainability reporting (SR), corporate social responsibility (CSR) and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, you will develop competencies, skills and knowledge on how companies and other organisations can take actions and make change.

There is no Planet B. This course is for you if are developing sustainability practices, protecting the environment, addressing climate change, or tackling social issues at your business or organisation or want to know how this can be done systematically.

GRI CERTIFIED TRAINING ON SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING

This course is provided by GeoTrends Sustainability, a GRI Certified Training Partner with training materials certified by GRI under the GRI Certified Training Program.

The course explains how companies/organisations obtain value through GRI Standards based Sustainability Reporting because it is a proactive, structured, and methodical approach to disclosures about organisational performance, particularly non-financial disclosures. Companies which cannot identify material issues, choose to ignore them, or fail to disclose them, may damage their reputation and brand loyalty and increase the risk of further regulation.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this course, you will learn:

  • that the GRI Standards provide detailed requirements and guidance to identify priorities and disclosures, and to take actions and minimise impacts
  • that the GRI Standards provides a framework which guides you every step of the way to identify and implement decisions that matter
  • that the GRI Standards can be used to implement a sustainability performance plan, do comparative analysis, improve corporate accountability and responsibility, and address the UN Sustainable Development Goals now adopted by many companies worldwide.

IMPORTANTLY, YOU WILL ALSO LEARN HOW…

  • to proceed with stakeholder engagement
  • to identify the most important impacts which you should be dealing with (materiality)
  • to prepare a report in accordance with the GRI Standards
  • to prepare an informative yet lean report (but not box ticking)
  • to communicate your report to your stakeholders
  • to use SMART targets to take meaningful action
  • to develop focused and high-quality report content
  • to confidently navigate the GRI Standards to find information and take actions
  • to benchmark performance against companies in your sector
  • why a sustainability report is a strategic issue for your organisation
  • to develop a clear plan of action and proceed ASAP with your report
  • to work with the supply chain to minimise their impacts

HOW YOUR COMPANY/ORGANISATION BENEFITS…

The GRI Standards can be used by any company or organisation, regardless of size, sector or location, not only to get a clearer picture of future risks and challenges but also to identify and act on opportunities to achieve better internal management of risks, a competitive advantage in supply chains, and to improve trust in management and enhance overall reputation.

GRI is focused on taking actions on what matters where it matters: companies identify their impacts on the environment and the organisation’s stakeholders, measure, set targets, take actions to minimize their negative impacts and increase their positive impacts, report the outcomes in their social responsibility or sustainability report.

The organisation’s stakeholders are the entities or people affected by your operations and who may, in turn, hold you back or stop you from reaching your objectives. A GRI Standards based Sustainability Report allows your organisation to:

  • create more trust with stakeholders through engagement activities
  • identify, measure, report and manage change for better outcomes
  • demonstrate to a range of stakeholders focused action on material topics
  • improve reputation and brand loyalty

ASSURANCE OF QUALIFIED TRAINER AND QUALITY COURSE

GRI has two requirements for offering this course. One requirement is for a nominated trainer, a person who has demonstrated knowledge of how to use the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. This is achieved by taking the GRI Standards Exam. The second requirement is that the nominated trainer is working in a GRI Certified Training Program.

Robert Gale, Director of GeoTrends Sustainability, is the nominated trainer. Robert has followed GRI work for 20 years, and has used company GRI reports to teaching MBA university students how to integrate sustainability considerations into corporate strategy since 2000.

GeoTrends Sustainability Consulting Pty Ltd is the Certified Training Partner, having worked with GRI to develop certified training materials including slides and course notes.

YOUR CERTIFICATE

The successful completion of the course leads to a certificate directly from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as well as a certificate to show that you have completed a GeoTrends Sustainability Approved Course.

REGISTRATION

Fees for the 2-Day GRI Certified Standards Training Course (Incl. GST)
Understand how to use the GRI Standards for a sustainability reporting process
Fees and Early Bird discounts

Large Corporations & the Public Sector   $1,760 or $1,595 Early Booking
SMEs & Local Government Councils        $1,540 or $1,375 Early Booking
Not-for-Profits/ Social Enterprises           $1,320 or $1,265 Early Booking

Click here to make to register and make your booking.

For additional information contact Robert Gale, Director, GeoTrends Sustainability

GRI GOLD COMMUNITY MEMBER

GeoTrends Sustainability Consulting Pty Ltd is a Certified Training Partner of The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the GRI GOLD Community. We support the mission of GRI to empower decision makers everywhere, through the GRI sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take actions towards a more sustainable economy and world.

ADVICE/ COUNCIL TO BOARDS/MANAGEMENT ON GRI STANDARDS & IMPLEMENTATION

What we do
Our work brings organisations up-to-date with information, trends and tools on business and public policy strategies for sustainability, including:

  • Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: ISO’s 26000 CSR Guideline
  • Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) Risk Assessment
  • Triple Bottom Line Accounting & Environmental / Sustainability Management Accounting
  • The Natural Capital Protocol
  • The capital framework in Integrated Reporting
  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Over the last 30 years the discourse on environmental problems has evolved from single-issue approaches to environmental management to multi-faceted approaches to sustainable development. The older approach – a downstream, react-and-cure, after-thought reaction – is slowly being replaced.

The newer approach –an upstream, anticipate-and-prevent, proactive approach –is gradually emerging. It involves integrated assessments of the social, economic and environmental impacts of ‘development’ in decision making.

The difference in the newer ‘sustainability’ approach is its focus on integrating and mainstreaming social, economic and environmental factors in decision making. To be effective in decision making roles, managers and leaders need to understand the distinction between environmental management and sustainable development and the operational use of the terms in business and government. Management and boards of directors need to appreciate that fiduciary responsibility now includes many sustainability risk considerations, notably carbon emissions and climate risks.

GeoTrends Sustainability adds value to public policy initiatives by analysing data, information and reporting on trends and leading practices. We undertake environmental/ sustainability analysis and reviews to stimulate greater accountability for environmental and sustainability performance. Our Sustainable Economy – Green Growth services contribute to public policy development. Designing an economy based on sustainable consumption and production and involving low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive pathways is essential in connecting the dots between environmental, social and economic impacts. At the core of a sustainable economy is integrated decision making by government, industry and society on the development and adoption of policies, plans, strategies, practices and technologies that promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, efficient use of natural resources, safe management of chemicals, urban and regional resilience, regional natural resource management, and mutually supportive economic and environmental policies.

SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL & VALUATION

(scientific methods rather than individual preferences & behaviour) / social wellbeing
Under development

POLICY & PROGRAM DESIGN

(incentives and targets for policy implementation and change management)
Under development

NATURAL CAPITAL ACCOUNTING, GREEN ECONOMY DEVELOPMENT, & CIRCULAR ECONOMY DESIGN

What we do
GeoTrends Sustainability provides technical assistance, sustainability insights and capacity building support for local, regional and national initiatives on the sustainable economy.
We:

  • conduct research on green growth, green jobs, economic diversification, trade and the environment, circular and sustainable economies
  • advise on economic instruments, conservation incentives and design
  • advise on deliberative policy instruments (e.g., Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) in fisheries)
  • promote deliberative economics for community engagement in Regional Natural Resource Management Bodies
  • prepare thematic papers and policy briefs based on research and analysis (e.g., NRM Governance)
  • review sectoral, national and international green economy reports and provide feedback on improving the quality of analysis and communication (e.g., Accounting for social and environmental costs)
  • check data and facts presented in national reports and results of modelling exercises;
  • decouple undifferentiated economic growth from resource consumption to achieve green growth (economic growth without expensive side effects)

We advise on climate change adaptation planning and the development of change management strategies given climate change risks. Adapting means responding to changing circumstances. As a strategic decision, adaptation can be applied to considerations other than the impacts of climate change. This might include adapting to environmental change such as resource or biodiversity depletion, pollution, or other environmental impacts which drive socio-economic change.

COASTADAPT

What we do
We:

  • assess current climate change information and the gap between the latest scientific reports and actual decisions or decision making processes on adaptation in a specific locale
  • advise on the National Climate Change Adaptation Facility (NCCARF) CoastAdapt Climate Change Adaptation Decision Support (C-CADS) tool
  • advise on cost-effective measures to build climate resilience into adaptation plans, strategies, processes and activities
  • undertake socio-economic resilience studies of climate change adaptation and NRM investment
  • conduct monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (MER) studies on climate change adaptation initiatives (policy implementation) and NRM investment (e.g., NSW study)
  • Promote consultative processes for community deliberation.
GEOTRENDS ECONOMICS &
SUSTAINABILITY provides
evidence-based advisory
services on economic
sustainability, social
wellbeing, sustainability
performance and
accountability, and
climate change
adaptation.

Are we on a sustainable path? Not without considerable changes aimed at decoupling a range of environmental pressures from economic growth, so as to ensure that continued economic growth does not result in further environmental destruction. The interaction between economic growth and the natural environment that supports it lies at the core of sustainable development.

OECD, 2001

Our approach to sustainability

Sustainable development is a theory of development about how to maintain and enhance the natural environmental base on which economic and social livelihoods depend. Our approach is to investigate and advise on the development pathways that lead to sustainability, defined as the socioeconomic and governance behaviour required to avoid counter-productive environmental and natural resource management problems.