With our help, clients can make sustainability a core competency. By undergoing the transformation towards becoming a ‘sustainable’ organization, clients can maximize profits while positively impacting society and limiting negative externalities. Our ground-breaking research, The Performance Frontier, demonstrates that by strategically focusing on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues which are the most relevant—or “material”—to shareholder value, firms can simultaneously boost both financial and ESG performance. By quantifying the relationship between financial gains and performance on sustainability issues, we assist clients with the major innovations required to push the performance frontier.
We also assist in strategic planning and offer advice on how to integrate the sustainability strategy throughout the organization, including advising on the appropriate operating model to achieve optimal outcomes.
Change Management is a structured approach to the people side of organizational change. As change efforts have high failure rates and often encounter resistance, it is essential that the process is effectively managed in order to maximize resource allocation and achieve successful outcomes. We guide our clients through transformation processes, with a focus on critical elements around engagement, communication, training, business readiness, organizational design, and impact assessment.
We help our clients define results-driven brand positioning that is based on their most authentic, relevant, and differentiated organizational capabilities. Our work begins with a brand audit: a comprehensive examination to assess the health of the brand. The findings of the audit—together with our interactions with key stakeholders—are gathered in a brand platform, a document that summarizes all the key elements that define the brand and becomes a reference that will guide brand identity, language, and expression. Our team can also help build a verbal and visual identity, guaranteeing that verbal communication is clear, consistent, and relevant to all key audiences, and that the visual communication is engaging and reflects the brand’s purpose and intent.
Communicating Strategic Long-Term Plans
The nature of communication between corporate boards and their investors is shifting away from a reliance on purely short-term financial metrics towards encompassing more strategic, long-term information that includes key environmental and social dimensions, often led by the CEO. We help senior executives to develop comprehensive long-term plans based on a framework developed through our work with leading investor-CEO forums. By applying our unique framework, companies can enable a meaningful dialogue to take place with their long-term investors.
Corporate Social Impact Funds
The role of corporate actors in society has significantly evolved over the past few decades. Corporates are now widely recognized as accountable to shareholders, employees, and the communities in which they operate. We advise corporates that have embraced this shift in expectations and seek to produce positive impact for their stakeholders. This can be through establishing corporate-funded impact investing funds or simply through implementing practices to measure and report on existing efforts.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Its sustainable development framework provides 169 targets underneath the 17 goals that are now helping to guide international development programs and investment and corporate strategy. We help companies, foundations, NGOs and other mission-driven organizations assess the alignment of their strategic initiatives against the SDGs, as well as determine which SDGs are most relevant to their strategy.
Our team and expert network have extensive knowledge of how alignment with the SDGs operates as a financially material issue. See The Relationship between Investor Materiality and the Sustainable Development Goals by Costanza Consolandi, among others.
It can be difficult to know how to integrate the SDGs into your business model. In partnership with Costanza Consolandi, a leading expert in SDG materiality, KKS has developed tools and methods to help organizations:
· Determine which SDGs are financially material to their business models.
· Define relevant KPIs and reporting frameworks
· Develop strategies for leadership on industry-specific goals
FEATURED CLIENT CASE STUDIES
KKS worked with the Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) of CECP, to explore how companies can structure and effectively communicate their long-term plans, and to understand how capital markets react to long-term information. We analyzed long-term plan presentations delivered by Fortune 500 companies during CECP’s CEO-Investor Forums and examined the corresponding market reactions. We also built an actionable framework for companies to construct and effectively communicate their long-term plans by using forward-looking metrics on specific themes and topics.
KKS worked with National Geographic Society to develop their Impact Investing 2.0 Strategy, building on their historical leadership. The strategy focused on how National Geographic could play a defining role in bridging the gap between philanthropy and impact investing.
Strategy for Zurich Insurance Group
Having successfully delivered their strategic corporate responsibility objectives for 2012-2015, Zurich wanted a roadmap for the next phase of action. The goal was to progress to the next level of corporate responsibility performance so they could take a leadership position in the space.
Strategic Planning for LASA
The Latin American Studies Association, the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America wanted our support to develop a five-year strategic plan to support their growth.