Sustainability transitions are tough
- Sustainability professionals want to drive real change, but are often excluded from the strategy process.
- Sustainability themes cut across industries and geographies.
- There is so much to track. There is so much to learn. Much of what you need to know comes from outside your field of expertise.
- Finance and sustainability people use different words and think differently.
How we can help you
An often repeated complaint is that it's really hard for sustainability professionals to actually make a difference.
Sustainability needs to be part of an organisation's strategy. But what does this actually mean in practice?
- Sustainability as risk reduction: anticipating change including stranded assets, reducing future legal risks and shifts in markets that could turn competitive advantage into disadvantage.
- Sustainability as a growth and value driver: building new sources of competitive advantage including supply chains and value propositions, competing with, and beating incumbents, innovation, and DEI as a value creator.
We help you think holistically, laterally and see new insights.
We can help you understand how to pitch sustainability ideas in a way that finance and operational people will buy in to.
We help you make sustainability core to your organisation's strategy, driving long-term value.
We enable you to have strategic conversations.
Membership is FREE
Through a series of blogs we draw together the bigger picture, with the important detail that explain the trade-offs, risks and compromises as well as the potential returns.
We publish three times per week:
- 'What caught our eye this week' - three developments that we found particularly interesting and why.
- 'Sunday Brunch' - our personal perspective and lateral thoughts on a sustainability and finance theme, bringing into play our decades of experience in both arenas.
- 'Members blog' - a look at a key theme, diving into the key issues that bridge the gap between sustainability and finance, enabling you to have strategic conversations.
Team with decades of experience
Steven Bowen: sustainable investing and strategy
After starting as an engineer, he has built nearly 30 years' experience in the finance and investing world, including periods in corporate finance, debt markets, broking, and as a buy side portfolio manager.
His focus is on the importance of company strategy, and how to construct investment cases in an uncertain world (and the transitions are the biggest uncertainty of all), plus he is a massive advocate for active engagement.
Steven is a qualified engineer (Canterbury University NZ), with an MBA from London Business School & the post graduate FT Non-Executive diploma. He is also a columnist at illuminem.
Steven is one of the co-founders of The Sustainable Investor.
Sandy Jayaraj: experienced C-suite leader and executive
Sandy had a 25-year career in global financial markets at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Morgan Stanley enhanced by four years as COO, then CEO building Curation Corp into a trusted sustainability intelligence enterprise.
By employing lateral thinking, evaluating methods and an ability to communicate complex topics in a concise, relevant and understandable way, Sandy enables organisations to find new perspectives, garner new insights and make better informed decisions.
Sandy is a published journalist having written on emerging themes and sustainability for various publications including IR Magazine, Illuminem and Energy World, a publication of the Energy Institute. Sandy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and studied Engineering and Management Studies at Queens’ College, Cambridge University.
Sandy is a director of Point Rider Group (UK) and the other co-founder of The Sustainable Investor.
Ffiona Rowland Devasabai: business psychologist
Ffiona specialises in applying psychology to accelerate sustainability transitions. She partners with investors, business and public sector leaders to do so. Her work tends to involve helping leadership teams define and align on their strategy, strengthening board and team effectiveness or ensuring organisations have the right skills and mindset in place to achieve their sustainability plans.
For the past 5 years she has been working as a leadership strategy consultant and coach at YSC Consulting, partnering mainly with FTSE 100 corporations as well as private equity investors.
Kristina Touzenis: Human rights lawyer
Kristina is a recognized leader in the effective and concrete operationalisation of international human rights standards and principles in complex settings worldwide requiring long term engagement with a multitude of stakeholders, from both the public and private sectors.
She has more than 20 years of experience in advocacy, human rights reporting, monitoring, and evaluating as well as in policy making and negotiating at national, regional, and global levels.
Kristina created the International Law Unit at the International Organization for Migration - IOM, the UN Agency for Migration, and served as Head of the Unit from 2011 to 2020.