SUCCEED IN YOUR BUSINESS WORLD WHILE HELPING THE WORLD AT LARGE.
Responsible business practices and financial motives are not mutually exclusive. Ethos Matters helps mega brands, fortune 500 companies & civil society navigate the symbiosis of these parallel paths to gain a long-term future. We apply our cross-learning that comes from driving CSR or ESG in a wide range of situations, sectors, and disciplines, to help you get the best possible social, environmental—and financial—impact. Our service philosophy is to meet the immediate challenge that demands attention and then create the capacity to integrate CSR into your ongoing operations, so that your “normal business” is sustainable.
Do you want to understand if your strategy is relevant and effective? Better understand the landscape? We measure your programs against market conditions, competitors and recognized leaders to identify areas needing your attention, discover new opportunities, and give you perspective on your strengths.
Are you ready to make a change? Is your company shifting priorities? Are your investors asking tough questions? We can help you evaluate the strategic ESG alternatives available to you, as well as unlock the ESG value within your organization, to meet stakeholder expectations. We lay the groundwork for big-picture discussions in the C-Suite or boardroom and we help diverse people and business lines understand new opportunities to collaborate and create a new vision. After the strategic process generates new expectations in terms of both practical and aspirational goals, we help achieve internal buy-in and accountability for performance, and assist the internal champions with governance frameworks, processes, and tools to get where they want to go.
Do you need to obtain a holistic view of compliance across your enterprise? Or assess the ESG risks and impacts of a potential investment or business partner? Whether your management systems are up to par, or you need guidance and tools to improve them, we guide you through complex due diligence processes to gain enhanced visibility into ESG risk and opportunity. We also qualify the capacity of management to identify and mitigate ESG risks on a forward-looking basis and address any required improvements and monitor ongoing concerns to arrive at compliance. And then we capitalize on any ESG value-creation opportunities.
Do you have an ESG p lan to drive valuation for your company or minimize company risk? We help you embed ESG factors into investment research, due diligence, portfolio construction and ongoing monitoring, to improve your long-term performance and reduce risk. We can also help you satisfy investors' ongoing interest in ESG management through strategic and proactive communication or reporting. We help you avoid mismatches between your investor’s ESG expectations and your company’s ESG performance and communication and position you to capture a growing pool of ESG-dedicated capital.
Do you have an existing program that needs refinement? Or are you starting from scratch? Do you need technical expertise to understand global regulatory requirements for ESG? We work with your organization to create, implement, track, or evaluate new or existing programs to ensure that you are effectively carrying out your mission and vision. Our team has the technical and strategic expertise to bring your sustainability or ESG vision to life.
Policy & Procedures
Are your written policies in need of an update, but you don’t have the time or resources available in-house? Do want to make sure your policies and procedures set the right foundation? We work with you to understand your organizational culture, risk tolerance level, regulatory environment, and industry pressures. We review your existing policies to identify gaps, and to recognize and capture the ESG value already unlocked within your organization. We develop or revise your ESG policies, procedures, or handbooks to ensure employees have the guidance they need, in a way that is relevant, understandable and in alignment with company culture and regulatory requirements.
Does your internal team need support to tackle a new initiative or objective without impacting headcount? Do you need increased bandwidth and expertise and guidance to achieve team objectives? We work cross-functionally in this capacity, supporting product, legal/compliance, and stand-alone corporate responsibility teams. From planning to implementation, we can step in at any stage of a project and manage it through to successful completion.
Is everyone on your team ready for the new way of business? Whether you are conducting a scan of the horizon or are in the middle of a full-scale program roll-out, we can help reach your teams near and far and excite them about the opportunity to be leaders within your company and industry. We work with champions of all types and turn them into experts who succeed in their mission. Sometimes management or business partners are the stakeholders that need training. Anywhere along the company or supply chain, we inspire and teach CSR.
Do you need help making sense of stakeholder expectations? Or are you searching for the right partner? We talk with stakeholders directly if that’s what you need; additionally, we can help you develop robust stakeholder engagement models with dialogue and feedback loops to improve decision-making, accountability, and program outcomes. We also find the right partners to extend the reach or impact of your work
Are you happy with how much you know about your supply chain now? Are you asking the right questions? Understanding material risks, mapping supply chains, or communicating with business partners and sharing data is difficult work. That’s why we help engineer processes for greater efficiency and transparency. We develop or improve query processes and help you establish social audit systems, continuous improvement programs, and monitoring and reporting processes, to meet market expectations and regulatory requirements. We help you produce more responsible products while cultivating responsible supply networks through programs that are highly tactical, collaborative, pragmatic and results-driven.
Whether you are just beginning your corporate social responsibility (CSR) journey or considering your ethical impact and environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitment—or already have a mature program in place—Ethos Matters is here to help you navigate the landscape of sustainability. And all the acronyms that come with it.