Our
advisory services

To help you make continual progress and demonstrate sustainability value, we have a team of expert sustainability consultants who can provide advice, workshops and bespoke planning.

Our expert sustainability team can help

Our team consists of experts in environmental and social measurement, business transformation, engagement, sustainability strategy, communication, design, copywriting and brand development. We have crafted the best solutions for you to choose from across our three steps to sustainability progress:

Our approach to sustainability progress

We know that all our members are at their own stage of their sustainability journey, and we have a range of advisory services that can offer you additional support; from engagement with your stakeholders to measurement of your social value. These advisory services can be added on to your existing certification.

Measure

Solutions

Carbon Neutral
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Once an internal carbon footprint has been measured and reduced, we can support members to offset any unavoidable emissions through offsetting projects around the world. In doing so, members can support some of the most effective and impactful offsetting projects on the planet.

Climate Positive
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To become climate positive, a holder must be certified Carbon Neutral by purchasing offsets through Gold Standard Neutral projects. They must offset an additional 100% of emissions through Climate Positive projects.

Scope 3 Footprinting: Understanding how your business creates indirect carbon emissions
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When you purchase goods or services for your business or your customers travel to your location, you are indirectly responsible for the associated carbon emissions; but do you know how much they are? In many cases, these are the largest share of your carbon footprint. Some of these are already included in your certification to The Planet Mark, such as business travel, waste, and paper procurement. To do a complete analysis of your Scope 3 emissions, we would consider which of all of the 15 categories are relevant to your business, consult on the best method of gathering data, then analyse the results to create your Scope 3 carbon footprint.

Social Value Measurement: Measure, plan and communicate your contributions to society
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What is more valuable to society: your team volunteering to do a beach clean-up or a director providing pro bono advice to a charity? To quantify this, we can put a financial number on social activities which will give you a way to strategically improve their value over time. This type of reporting demonstrates a holistic and truer measure of your positive contributions to society and improves trust with employees, investors, and customers.

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Compliance
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We can help you comply by the new mandatory Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework. Download our guide to SECR to find out more.

ZeroBy30: Our ambitious programme to achieve net zero carbon by 2030
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The ZeroBy30 programme goes beyond Planet Mark certification targets. It sets absolute reduction goals to reach net zero carbon by 2030 through a transformational action plan. You will be able to reduce your scope 1 and 2 direct emissions to zero carbon, and scope 3 indirect emissions to as close to zero as possible and then offset the remaining carbon to exceptional schemes.

Planet Mark Net Zero Programme
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Available to Planet Mark members, this programme gives business leaders the tools and knowledge to create a credible net zero carbon action plan that is reviewed by our certification team. This is followed up with annual workshops to discuss progress against the action plan encouraging continuous improvements.

Engage

Solutions

Annual Sustainability Energiser
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A 1-hour session to raise awareness about sustainability – the big picture and the business case. A chance to look at your Planet Mark Certification and carbon footprint for that year, and brainstorm ideas to cut carbon or increase social value in your 3 focus areas.

Annual Sustainability Plan
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A 2 – 3-hour session to look at the business case for sustainability, understand your carbon footprint in-depth, establish your top focus areas for that year, agree on measurable targets and actions around those three focus areas. Ideas from the Annual Sustainability Energiser (and therefore the whole organisation) can feed into this.

Sustainability Essentials Employee Training
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A 2-3-hour session to cover the basics of business sustainability – the business case and beyond. Where do the biggest impacts of a business come from? Where are the biggest opportunities? How can you engage employees and colleagues in sustainability? At the end of the session, you will leave with a CPD Certificate per attendee and an understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability in business.

Stakeholder Engagement Workshops
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A 30-minute presentation, plus Q&A and networking to tell your sustainability story to your supply chain. The Planet Mark will act as the ‘expert voice’, giving weight to the presentation and expert insight on your certification and commitment to cutting carbon. This is a chance to inspire and impress your supply chain, showcase that you are leading in this area, and bring them on board to help cut your Scope 3 emissions.

Sustainability Business Strategy
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Where do you want to be in your sustainability journey 3-5 years from now? How do you choose what issues to address and set goals for each? What is your plan to achieve them? We start by analysing your business strategy and competitors. Then we work with you to create a sustainability strategy that focuses on the issues that matter most to your business. This will allow you to achieve consistent progress and create Total Business Value – social, environmental, and economic. You’ll receive a bespoke sustainability vision, a strategy framework with long term goals, and recommendations on governance and visualisation of the strategy. We will also provide a strategy tracker tool to plan progress and give advice on how to engage your people so they stay motivated.

ZeroBy30: Our ambitious programme to achieve net zero carbon by 2030
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The ZeroBy30 programme goes beyond Planet Mark certification targets. It sets absolute reduction goals to reach net zero carbon by 2030 through a transformational action plan. You will be able to reduce your scope 1 and 2 direct emissions to zero carbon, and scope 3 indirect emissions to as close to zero as possible and then offset the remaining carbon to exceptional schemes.

Planet Mark Net Zero Programme
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Available to Planet Mark members, this programme gives business leaders the tools and knowledge to create a credible net zero carbon action plan that is reviewed by our certification team. This is followed up with annual workshops to discuss progress against the action plan encouraging continuous improvements.

Net Zero Essentials Workshop
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This workshop is designed to help businesses feel confident in their first steps towards a net zero commitment. As well as introducing the concept of net zero, the workshop will showcase why it is an urgent business priority.

Communicate

Solutions

Purpose Workshop
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Why does your business exist? Understanding your business’ purpose will strengthen trust in your brand and create value for all. In this workshop, your team will learn how businesses have used purpose to generate sustained profitable growth, stay relevant in a rapidly changing world, deepen ties with stakeholders and help with unifying and motivating your employees. You’ll receive a bespoke report with recommendations on a purpose statement and guidance on how to implement purpose in your company.

Sustainability Communications Workshop
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Do you have a plan to tell the story of your sustainability journey with transparency? Too often companies are achieving great things for people and the planet, but nobody knows about it or they don’t know how to communicate them effectively. Designed for your communication team and sustainability champions, this workshop will get under the skin of your brand and give you the skills to embed sustainability messages into all your communications. You’ll receive a bespoke 1-year sustainability communications plan, with tactics and metrics to help you create two-way conversations and increase your transparency over time. We can also take this a step further to conduct a 3-year communication strategy where we review your current communication channels and messages, map and engage your external stakeholders, and establish a detailed trajectory for all your sustainability communications.

Sustainability Brand Creation
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Is your brand known for the good sustainability work you do? Is it acknowledged by your customers, employees and investors? By building sustainability thinking into your identity, you will be better placed to achieve your goals and build a recognised positive brand. We start by helping your communication team understand the intent of your sustainability strategy. Then we create visuals and messaging that will bring it to life. You will also receive a bespoke ‘palette of language’ that will help you with consistency in all your future communications.

Sustainability Reports and Thought Leadership
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Are you consistently reporting your sustainability progress with transparency and integrity? Doing so will build stakeholder trust, increase industry collaboration, and ensure employee ownership. We can help you create an annual sustainability report that clearly shows your progress against long-term goals while bringing it to life through a coherent theme, impactful storytelling, and beautiful designs. Through expert research, we can also develop thought leadership pieces that will propel your business to the forefront of innovation.

Video, Creative Design, Copywriting and Social Media Support
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Do your sustainability stories get noticed? By using your reach and influence to inspire action, you will spark positive change and ensure your brand is recognised. The medium is as important as the message. We aim to bring creativity and clarity to your communications, underpinned by a genuine understanding of your strategic intent and your stakeholders’ motivations. We can produce a variety of outputs including filmed videos, animations, campaigns, social media content, advertising, reports, brochures, press releases, posters and more; all with the aim of changing behaviours and building trust.

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