Our research, writing, and strategic support powered the production of All Hands on Deck (2015), with Worldwide Fund for Nature in Sweden (WWF). We helped WWF put “sustainable” into the ocean economy, with the development of a new set of global Principles for a Sustainable Blue Economy, used in this report (for example) to provide a comprehensive analysis and roadmap for future economic development of the Baltic Sea Region. You can download the report free from the WWF website.
Working on individual assignment, backed up by AtKisson Group, Alan AtKisson has provided strategic support to the United Nations Secretariat in New York (including UNDESA and several other UN offices) since 2009. Alan has contributed to the development of internal strategies, moderated international meetings, led training retreats for senior officials, designed and helped launch a new UN Office of Sustainable Development, and represented the UN on assignment to country governments working on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. In the UN context, Alan has focused on the topics of capacity development, integrated national planning processes, accelerating renewable energy financing, knowledge management for sustainable development, and internal processes to help align the Secretariat’s work with emerging country needs.
For this iconic brand, we helped the parent company launch and develop an ambitious, company-wide sustainability change process, and measure progress towards its goals. (Note: AtKisson Group has performed numerous similar projects for companies — names and details are covered by confidentiality agreements.) Our work happened in phases over a 5-year period and included:
This company took early leadership, has long been a recognized leader in sustainability — and continued to recommend us to other companies years afterwards.
For a project funded by Sweden’s agency for innovation, Vinnova, we helped develop a new agenda for research and development to help the country achieve its goal of being fossil fuel free in the transport sector by 2050. Our work included:
This project achieved some challenging outcomes:
Support the delivery of advanced international training programs, sponsored by SIDA and administered by NIRAS, covering various aspects of sustainable development.
We helped this global brand-name firm deepen its understanding of sustainability among partners and leaders, and we cultivated the conditions for advancing the firm’s leadership on sustainability, through the following:
The simulation is now available for others to use and license: see Competitive Sustainability 2.0
Over a period of two years, we worked with the WWF-US “ClimateSavers” corporate engagement program to develop of a new approach to engaging with US businesses on the issue of climate change, and to create a plan for scaling up that engagement. We advised, facilitated, co-created, and then helped run the meetings that brought corporate representatives together to adopt the program.
The final result: “The 3% Solution”, a ground-breaking report and program that WWF produced in partnership with CDP and with the support of McKinsey & Co. and others. This new approach to applying “science-based targets” to corporate goal-setting has now spread globally. Download the original 2013 report
Over a period of seven years, we helped this iconic brand advance the company’s strategic goal-setting and implementation capacity for sustainability — on a global scale. We helped by performing the following services:
The company rose dramatically in various ranking schemes on sustainability-related topics and is now regularly cited as a global leader on sustainability.