Support for Business
Business tools and practices are constantly evolving, requiring that managers keep abreast of innovations and know which approaches are best suited for their organization. Through custom designed engagements, Sustainable Flows provides the best mix of approaches to meet short and long term objectives. This is enabled by drawing from local and international experts that are most suited for the firms’ chosen approach.
Training is a central component of Sustainable Flows’ work. We ensure that our engagements leave clients with new skills and improved business processes. Sustainable Flows staff developed the first business and ecosystem training and continues refining its formal and informal approaches.
Water, biodiversity & ecosystem services are critical to business success but often not fully considered in corporate strategy. Through unique screening tools, mega-trends analysis and management reviews, managers can better address gaps in their company’s strategy.
Sustainable Flows helps improve management of risks and opportunities related to water, biodiversity & ecosystem services at the product level by integrating new components into business processes including environmental management systems, life cycle assessments, and product development standards.
With the growth of revenue and risk reduction opportunities at corporate sites, Sustainable Flows provides turnkey analysis to improve urban and rural land management by identifying the best strategies. In addition, Sustainable Flows helps create value at the landscape level through appropriate use of “net positive impact” analysis.
Sustainable Flows is a founding member of the Natural Capital Coalition and our staff helped it’s founding thinking found in the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR), Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) and TEEB for Business.
Through these and bespoke methods, Sustainable Flows helps businesses manage social and environmental risks and opportunities related to their companies’ dependence and impacts on the natural environment. Sustainable Flows helps managers integrate the values of the natural environment into their environmental impact assessments, land and water management, business continuity efforts, supply chain, climate adaptation strategies and other critical decisions. This includes work on natural capital accounting.
Corporate Natural Capital Accounting
As companies develop more complex natural capital policies and systems, they often need more robust measures of their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. Corporate natural capital accounting (CNCA) integrates measurement of biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services with international accounting standards. The resulting accounts provide a more effective means to analyze past, present and future impacts of natural capital on corporate performance.
Sustainable Flows is please to have contributed to the advancement of standardized measures of ecosystem services (see paper) and the Biological Diversity Protocol. The BD Protocol provides a stepwise process for managers to begin their CNCA journey.
Sustainable Flows helps companies build partnerships with one another, governments and civil society to improve management of ecosystems and the services they provide.
Certifications and standards
Sustainable Flows helps manager adopt the most appropriate standard or certification systems for their needs. Our staff have experience with numerous schemes related to forestry (e.g. FSC, SFI), agriculture (e.g. organic, BCI, Field to Market), fisheries (e.g. MSC, ASC) and conservation (e.g. One Standard) and the built environment (e.g. LEED). With proper stakeholder engagement, costs and be decreased and impact increased.