Last week our client, KPMG, hosted a round table ESG Supplier Summit in Melbourne.
The focus of the discussion was primarily on the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It was a great opportunity to to understand KPMG’s approach to sustainability and future direction in terms of managing their scope 3 emissions.
At the meeting we were fortunate enough to be asked to share a summary of our progress.
BrewHub’s contribution was broken down in 5 main areas as follows:
Why focus on environment
A very common business evolution is moving from surviving, to prospering, to becoming a more conscious organisation. As BrewHub grew, we started to think more deeply about our role in the community and the broader context of the natural environment. When this occured, our business objectives started to evolve too.
Our Approach to Sustainability
Our approach is to reduce fuel, electricity and general waste. It’s that simple. Over and above that we have two guiding principles. Transparency and collaboration. We record our data and share it with our stakeholders. We try to work with other suppliers, our clients, building managers and partners to solve problems.
Never before has business faced a larger challenge. Therefore, there must also be an opportunity. We believe that there is a great opportunity to create competitive advantage, while solving a problem at the same time. The opportunity also exists to engage people beyond profit and build a better business. Greenhouse gas reduction = efficiency = reduced cost.
Our Engagement Strategy
First and foremost it was important to engage the hearts and minds of the people in our organisation. We have been doing pretty well with this, but we could do better. From there, we formed working groups to take things forward, inclusion in business strategy, setting credible goals and cascading those goals throughout the organisation was done. Underpinning the things mentioned above, it is very important to form an empirical baseline and start working with hard data to formulate your actions.
We focus on reducing diesel fuel, electricity and waste. We include the data underpinning this in board reports and management KPI dashboards. From there we collaborate widely with our suppliers, customers, and internal teams.
Coming out of COVID where we had reduced activity, showing a year-on-year reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be hard to do. However, if we make the right decisions and act now, we can still meet our 2030 targets, even as our business grows.