To truly transform, companies must have sustainable business strategies that positively impact the broader systems they’re operating in, according to Hirst. This means being mindful of the footprint they leave and prioritising strategies that improve not only their bottom lines but also the livelihoods of their communities and businesses in their value chains.
“From a more practical point of view, it means helping organisations move forward from a compliance mentality to the next stage, which is integrating that mentality into what they do,” said Hirst.
Internally, Palladium instils the importance of sustainability by structuring its business in a way that encourages innovation and agility. “So when we see opportunities, we’re empowering people to go after them and giving them the tools and support they need to convert those into business,” said Hirst.
One area that became a focus during the pandemic was how companies value their people and look after their wellbeing by, for example, allowing them to work remotely.
At Ampcontrol, safety and people comprise key organisational values. The company believes that if it can get these two right, the rest will take care of itself.
“So our people will be innovative, and they’ll look after our customers and strive to give the key performance that Ampcontrol needs to run as a company,” said Henderson. “During the pandemic, we made sure that first and foremost, we had our people in a safe environment.”