IntroductionAs a global population, we are at a historic inflection point today. The last 2 decades have seen our world transition from a heavy reliance on industrialization and embrace an economic model that will carry the baton to the end of this century. However, the pace of industrialization has left us depleted in resources and we don’t start from the same baselines as we did hundreds of years ago. Add to this, it has become very clear that our current trajectory for global growth is simply not sustainable. Our way of business today is not fit for purpose tomorrow. Which is why business leaders of today need to make changes to way they operate and embrace new economic models with an intrinsic focus on sustainability. We must understand that progress cannot be made in isolation. Consider the holistic impacts of our actions on progressing areas such as equality for all, gender diversity, reduction of poverty, improved healthcare for all, eradicating hunger and building a circular economy that is resilient and self sustaining. The challenge today is that this inflection point has given us a small window to make amends by 2030. With a collective effort, we can still turn this around, but as a global population, we have now been dealt our final card to make a difference.
“We didn’t inherit the world from our parents, We simply borrow it from our children”
Headquartered in Reading, Berkshire in the UK, we are a management consultancy providing advisory services to industry across the world. Founded by Akhil Handa in 2019, Earth 51 was born to help organizations embrace & contribute towards a more sustainable future. We believe that its incumbent upon businesses today to understand the consequences of their actions and be responsible to deliver a better tomorrow for generations to come.
One the one hand, there is the pressing need to deliver upon this promise, but there is very little in the form of guidance on how to genuinely make a difference in real world scenarios. At Earth 51, we solve this very challenge. We help businesses understand their status quo and design ways to help them influence their own growth sustainably whilst having a progressive and positive impact on the ecosystem they operate in.
Create a better planet for future generations
Inspire today’s leaders to grow their businesses sustainably and fairly
- Grow without fear
- Seek out diverse thoughts from diverse people
- Be yourself & have fun doing what you do
- Empathise with those that are less fortunate
- Treat others as you want to be treated
- Do the right thing
- Be honest with yourself & others around you
- Think big
- Stay humble
Sustainable ModelOn one hand, we see great progress and innovation in the fields of technology, disease control, standard of living and reducing the disparity of income compared to 30 years ago. On the flip side, dealing with armed conflict and the loss of biodiversity & ecosystem damage costs our world nearly 12% of global GDP every year. The question to ask is – How do we move away from an approach which focusses purely on growing global wealth, and embrace a more sustainable model of improving the lives of everyone on our planet whilst growing the overall GDP.
To do this right, we need everyone to be pulling in the same direction and unfortunately, as a global population, we haven’t had a development framework that has been able to unite our efforts to create global prosperity. But in 2015, that changed. The United Nations framed and backed a set of goals for the world to ensure that we move our planet forward in a way that is comprehensively sustainable.
These 17 goals signed by 193 nations were coined the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Not only do these goals thread a common purpose for all nations, governments, public sector & private sector alike, they provide a unique opportunity to deliver significant global growth.
Private Sector Contribution
If we were to focus on just 4 economic systems represented in the 17 goals – such as food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being, these 4 global goals alone open up $12 Trillion in market opportunities.
Add to this the goal for achieving all targets on gender diversity, the output would contribute $28 Trillion towards total global GDP by 2025.
These are big numbers and highlight the propensity to scale global development to heights never seen before. To deliver on this promise, one of the key ingredients is the private sector. According to the IMF, the private sector delivers over 60% of global GDP which makes it the most important cog in this development wheel.
Unfortunately though, the slow adoption of the SDG’s by the private sector is predominantly due to the differing requirements as a nation state and a private business.
At Earth 51, we help businesses’ navigate the demands of the SDG’s and effectively contribute towards progressing these goals from a corporate standpoint.
Providing this clarity to businesses helps them understand how they can define which goals they want to contribute towards and measure progress collectively. This gets us all pulling in the same direction and accelerates the overall adoption of SDG goals globally.
The U.N blueprint
At Earth 51, our ethos is deeply rooted in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and we view them as the blueprint for global success and progress.
In our experience, we believe that the holistic approach of the SDG’s gives us all the best chance of making a difference that is both all encompassing and fair to all.
At the same time, in a world marked by multiple versions of metrics and measurements on sustainability, the SDG’s gets us all pulling in the same direction.
Using the SDG’s as a backdrop, at Earth 51, we work with you on solving your sustainability challenges.
End to end assessment
We take the time to understand your current state of business from a sustainability standpoint. We measure your contribution both intrinsically within your organization as well as the impact you have on the ecosystem you operate in.
This assessment is organization wide and covers critical areas such as gender diversity, health, climate action, hunger, poverty, water & sanitation, education and others.
6 Step FrameworkThe greatest advantage you have with this approach is that it allows you to thread sustainability into your organizational DNA and provides you a holistic view on real impacts you are having both in and outside of your organization. Our framework operates over 6 phases which includes the time to understand the intricacies of your organisation and dwell deep into researching your overall performance.
The Ripple Effect
It is key for us to provide you with a view of progress in its entirety which highlights both areas of great progress as well as those needing improvements.
Whilst this gives your organization a platform to start working with, the findings are of great value to your employees, customers, investors as well as local government and partners in the value chain.
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