Tools

  • BoardAdvantage:  Proprietary, fully customisable, web based diagnostic instrument.  Uniquely tailored to each organisation we work with.  The diagnostic is initially administered by us and delivered to any number of Board Members, Senior Executives and Stakeholders as an anonymous survey complimented by gathering data from supplementary interviews (if desired).  Depending on the desired outcome (eg. understanding of roles and duties amongst Board members; gap analysis between Board and Management’s understanding of roles and duties; peer-to-peer review of Directors; Stakeholder materiality analysis; hidden risk evaluation; alignment & dissent testing; evaluating corporate communications on company culture) we are then able to customise a follow-up tool that can be used in-house for future benchmarking.  Survey questions use a Likert-scale and are designed to collect both quantitative and qualitative data.  This is an incredibly powerful diagnostic, particularly for Boards (and companies) to integrate into strategy, enterprise risk management, Director development and Board processes.
  • Carbon Management Response Plans: frameworks to develop a CMRP to manage “whole of organisation” carbon reductions (aligned with performance metrics).  Can be fully integrated with Balanced Scorecard or other performance management tools/software.  Delivered as a Board Workshop.
  • Climate Change Governance Adaptive Framework:  Board and executive management engagement and oversight; public disclosure; emissions accounting; strategic planning; exposure to regulatory/operational and other risks from climate change; GHG reduction targets; carbon management; organisation capacity building; implementing; reporting; monitoring
  • Materiality Matrix: mapping stakeholder score against company impact (see Materiality Analysis, below)
  • Stakeholder Map: identify key circle of impact as well as tactical collaborations and stakeholder networks
  • Stakeholder Engagement Models: Internal and external team programs to engage stakeholders in line with communications strategy
  • Sustainability Governance Adaptive Framework: Board and executive management engagement and oversight; accountability structure; strategy/risk integration; commitments; boundary setting; metrics/indicators/KPIs; policies and procedures; public disclosure; stakeholder engagement; monitoring; reporting; assurance; training and organisational responsibility; implementation plans

Methodologies

  • Benchmarking: metrics within peer groups, sector, other indices or countries.  (Note:  We are currently benchmarking gender intelligence across certain sectors – please contact us if you are interested in participating).
  • Boardroom lunch sessions:  1 – 2 hours; tailored and interactive; learning based; results focused
    • Rethinking your value proposition – do you need to re-conceive the idea of your product in a socially networked and resource constrained future?
    • How are you transitioning to sustainable products and services?
    • How do you engage the Board and lead the cultural transformation required for the future?
    • Social Capital and unlocking value from diversity and gender – are you an intelligent company?
  • Carbon Productivity:
    • Board round-table briefing or lunchtime strategy session:  covers off what you need to know (knowledge, skills and capacity), where your organisation is at, and an assessment of value-add to your company for purposes of cost-benefit analysis.  Can be a facilitated working session with survey work in advance.
    • Facilitated workshops for up to 16 participants:  we can deliver workshops tailored to Directors or senior management teams, or assist your organisation with the development of a Carbon Management Plan.  Through our strategic alliance with Carbon Training International*, we can provide government accredited workforce training programs approved under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework to enable you to build organisational capacity and reduce your reliance on third party consultants.
  • Committee workshops:  integration of sustainability strategy into existing processes and governance structures
    • Procedures of the Board for overseeing the organisation’s identification and management of ESG performance, including relevant risks and opportunities and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards (GRI, UNGC, UNPRI, UNGC, etc), codes of conduct, etc
  • Company audits & gap analysis:  providing an organisational snapshot and platform for next steps.  This involves a WHOLE OF ORGANISATION approach and includes governance structures, processes and procedures, sustainability integration, strategic frameworks, environmental management, people and processes, risk and opportunity management, and continuous improvement or adaptive management frameworks.
  • Ccustomised disclosure documents aligned with their strategy, culture, and priorities in a way that is both credible and meaningful to the audiences involved – stakeholder communities, investors, and regulators.  Help drafting:
    • Statement from the Chairman of the Board, CEO or other Board Committees
    • Director Statements
    • Investor Communications:  performance against targets
    • Others stakeholder reports in the context of your culture
    • Integration within internally developed statements of mission, values, codes of conduct, policies and principles relevant to economic, environmental and social performance
  • Customised research and white papers
  • GRI Reporting Process: Use of GRI sustainability reporting guidelines customised to your organisation and reporting requirements
  • Knowledge Management: Transforming data and information into knowledge requires access, deciphering, prioritising and application specific to an organisation’s needs.  Navigating the maze of information overload/supply to distil the knowledge that creates real opportunities for your company in turn drives value.
    • Filter new research
    • Accessing government grants and subsidies
    • Deciphering policy direction [‘who’s who in the zoo’]
    • Conducting research specific to the company
    • Mapping:  grant maps, policy maps
  • Materiality Analysis: The process of identifying issues that are of high concern to your stakeholders against the impact and strategic relevance to your company.  The resulting matrix plots out the high priority issues into visual quadrants, and becomes the core of your approach.  Based on methodologies promoted by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, The AccountAbility 1000SES Standard, CERES Roadmap and other best practice guidance documents the Walton Group delivers a robust analysis to quantify and measure the impact of specific issues and their relationship to profitability and performance
  • Pilot testing metrics:  develop an organisational baseline for those who are new to the reporting process
  • Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis/Surveys:  web based and face-to-face; Director/Board; employee;  stakeholder; value networks; industrial; peer; competitor
  • Stakeholder mapping & stakeholder engagement strategy: defining organisational boundaries; setting out stakeholder groups; defining engagement policies and processes; developing engagement strategy commensurate with organisational capacity; delivery and monitoring; integration into reporting (see deliverables, such as ‘Sustainable Value Networks’)
  • Strategic Review:  how sustainability informs your organisation’s strategy and risk appetite
    • Developing multi-tiered, multi-disciplinary frameworks for building and analysing sustainability and monitoring data over time; embedding sustainability in all of the business processes, across the entire organization, supply chain, and customers
  • Sustainable Value Networks – creating value through stakeholder engagement by helping you create and manage networks of innovation, using communications, websites, social media or other modes appropriate to your organisation, made up of internal and external stakeholders. These networks enable companies to use unusual relationships as a source of new ideas, gain insights into the direction technology is moving and benchmark client efforts against cutting-edge thinking.
  • Strategic and tactical collaborations within and across sectors and through access to stakeholder networks and selective pooling of intellectual property
  • Syndicated research and surveys for multiple branch/locations or across a sector, or amongst peer groups
  • Team meetings:  working with HR to identify means to compensate and provide incentives for senior executives and management to drive sustainability throughout the entire business
  • Training: education and development programs for key sustainability issues, disclosure & transparency; carbon management response plans; GRI reporting process