Making the right choices in your SUSTAINABILITY Journey
2POD Ventures is a specialist advisory practice that partners with organizations and individuals through their sustainability journey to achieve their purpose, people, planet and profit objectives.
Our mission is to empower and guide public and private entities in implementing their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ambitions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our current project interests are in building sustainability solutions using best practice ESG and SDG frameworks.
We help design, implement and execute practical ESG business strategies.
These strategies translate into developing sustainable business models that add value to purpose, profit and people.
Facilitator, Trainer & Mentor
I am passionate about sustainability programs, building on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) frameworks. Water is one of many sustainability resources that is important to me.
I am a master designer and professional of corporate sustainability and climate change strategic initiatives. My most recent position was as a Partner with ERM (Environmental Resources Management), a leading global consultancy in sustainability. I have managed and supported Fortune 500 clients across a variety of industries from life sciences to food & beverage to technology companies in mapping their ESG roadmaps, developing their energy, water and biodiversity baselines and guiding them through strategic climate programs development.
I have focused my expertise and skills on sustainability and socio-economic issues in the public and private sector for the past 25 years. My mission in sustainability has helped me contribute and make an impact with a focus on people, planet and profit and this where I would like to continue my journey.
Some Additional Information:
Vice President of International Society of Sustainability Professionals, (ISSP) USA - our focus as a non-profit is to grow and educate sustainability professionals globally
Attended Thought Leaders Business School, Australia – this leadership school helped develop my thought leadership in sustainability
Awarded CSR Practitioner Certification by Center for Sustainability Excellence & Chartered Management Institute – this training program helped me focus and enhance my sustainability skill
Earned “Water: Addressing the Global Crisis” Certificate, SDG Academy, Stockholm International Water Institute – this training program guided me on the latest developments in the world of water and water reuse
Enneagram Resources for Coaches, Therapists and Professionals Workshop, USA - I use the wisdom of the enneagram daily to capitalize on my strengths and to better understand areas for continued development
Mentoring University of Notre Dame, Indiana students in their “Unleashed Social Ventures” program since 2016 - This has been a passion of mine for the last six years to support and mentor students
Mankind Project and Gold Mining, USA - Every two weeks I sit in a circle with other men to process what is happening in my life and to bear witness to what’s happening for others. Practicing presence in this way has helped me become a stronger and wiser person
Advisory board member of the Palo Alto Community Fund, USA - Our focus is to support local non-profits through donor funding
Awarded Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship, African Leadership Institute Alumni, Oxford University, UK – Being an alum member of this Institute continues to inspire and motivate me as a leader in the field of sustainability
WHAT WE DO:
OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS
ESG & UN SDGs Evaluation, Orientation and Implementation
Business with Purpose and Values
Mapping the UN SDGs to Business Strategy
Developing an ESG/SDG Plan
Developing a Sustainability Integration and Communication Plan
Developing Sustainability in your Supply Chain
BUSINESS WITH PURPOSE AND VALUES
–Review of company mission with the intent of setting goals with purpose
–Company “PURPOSE” on Sustainability
–Review of the current mission, vision and goals of the company
–Discussion on company purpose, values & goals
–Role of Sustainability – why, what, how and what if (consequences)
–ESGs & SDGs – What do they represent why do they matter?
–ROI and sustainability business case
–Materiality Index of what is important to an organization
–Company purpose statements inclusive of shareholder and stakeholder values
–Defining business case with ROI analysis
–Sustainability vision statement with specific goals
MAPPING THE UN SDGS TO BUSINESS STRATEGY
–Assessment and prioritization of SDGs & ESGs and link to corporate strategy and organizational core competency
–Mapping SDGs & ESGs to value/supply chain
–Overview of each SDG with targets and indicators
–SDG prioritization based on company purpose and supply/value chain
–Identifying potential risks and opportunities on each of SDG selected
–SDG prioritizations with individual SDG vision statements
–Mapping of each of SDG to company supply/value chain
–Risk and opportunity matrix
DEVELOPING A SDG/ESG PLAN
–Development of an action plan to determine key performance areas (KPAs) and key performance indicators (KPIs) on each SDG selected
–Focus on the development of specific ESG programs and initiatives
–Assessment of ESG programs on functional/divisional needs & wants
–Development of KPAs and KPIs for each of the programs and initiatives (including philanthropic)
–An action plan with ESG programs with KPAs & KPIs
DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABILITY INTEGRATION AND COMMUNICATION PLAN
–The best way to communicate SDG progress
–Development of integration & communication strategy to promote sustainability with shareholders and stakeholders
–Identify specific tools for tracking, monitoring, and reporting on sustainability progress
–Assess organizational culture
–Determine integration and communication strategy
–Determine modes and practices for internal and external partnerships
–Reporting templates (GRI, CDP, IR)
–An integration and communication plan for stakeholders and shareholders
–Training modules for divisional champions
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN
–Build a supply chain sustainability strategy with strong environmental and social values
–Use best practice environmental and social metrics to develop the strategy
–Assessment of current sustainability initiatives in product and/or supply chain life cycle
–Do gap analysis to identify the lack of environmental and social values in product/supply chain
–Assessment and identification of key environmental and social values important to the company
–Development of a purpose-based supply chain strategy focused on key environmental and social values
–Development of a supply chain sustainability module with key metrics for environmental and social values
OUR ESG AND SDG SERVICES
Developing your Sustainability Road Map
2POD VENTURES OFFERS THE FOLLOWING ADVISORY SERVICES
Business & SDG/ESG Team Briefings on Sustainability
A custom-made, half-day or full-day briefing to teams on best practices and latest sustainability developments in your market and industry on a global and/or local level.
Expertly Facilitated Sustainability/SDG/ESG Workshops
Team exploration and ideation around business’ sustainability purpose, themes, and initiatives in focused half-day or full-day workshops.
Sustainability Training and Coaching
Focus on custom-made and modular approaches to sustainability knowledge and capacity development training programs for all employee levels in the organization.
Building the sustainability strategy and implementing the strategy may involve a longer-term commitment. The application and demonstration of new sustainability business models have lead to greater shareholder and stakeholder engagement.
2POD Ventures works to understand company purpose and impact. Together with the executive team and stakeholders, we want to create a higher level of sustainability consciousness and implementation through project and program initiatives.
We at 2POD Ventures understand that circularity and regenerative thinking should be part of an organization's business model. Through our hands-on facilitation and training programs, we help companies define their sustainability risks and opportunities, their challenges, identify practical solutions, and help align the teams' objective to the sustainable impact they want to create.
Our sustainability services are customized to meet the specific needs of each client.
We work collaboratively throughout the entire sustainability road process and help facilitate measurable results through project-specific targets and indicators.
Contact us to find out how we can help plan your sustainability plan
What’s Being Said
"I worked with Nitesh on a project involving the pilot-testing of a reverse osmosis system for desalinating Palo Alto's municipal wastewater effluent for non-potable reuse. Nitesh was the interface with the City of Palo Alto and was great to work with both in terms of his organizational and interpersonal skills."
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
"Nitesh has added significant value in helping us develop and implement our initiative focused on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has a solid grasp of the SDG content, is a sound business strategist and an excellent facilitator."
President and CEO
Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.
Making robust decisions in your "SUSTAINABILITY" business
We helped this client develop a SDG 6 (Water and Sanitation) water reuse strategy. This strategy included identification of multiple OEM's for strategic partnerships. We also initiated a cloud based IOT and API continuous monitoring platform with a technology firm for the decentralized/distributed systems with the targeted OEM. The project culminated in a website for the NewCo and the development of a business plan.
As part of our ESG and SDGs sustainability services we assisted this global company in developing a sustainability plan in line with the UN SDGs. The plan and process included aligning the company's strategy with specific SDGs and guided our client in setting their SDG specific key performance areas and key performance indicators.
This project is a great example of a pilot testing program for non-potable reuse that is growing in the US and other parts of the world. Three phases to the project (1) chemical testing (2) open platform MF/UF testing and (3) RO concentrate toxicity testing. The results of the pilot testing program assisted the local utility in the building of their own 1.25 mgd plant.
Building on SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 17 (Partnerships) we helped this client define a commercialization strategy while the product was in it's development stage. In addition, we completed a benchmarking/competitor analysis. The final part of the assignment was a"GoTo Market" orientation analysis for the client.
UPDATES & RESOURCES
FEATURES OF THE SDGs
The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity
The 2030 Agenda established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 global targets and 232 indicators
DRIVERS FOR THE SDGs
Sustainability practices are strengthening company valuations making them more attractive to investors
Sustainability practices support and win new business contracts
BENEFITS OF THE SDGs
Increased commitment from stakeholder and shareholder value
Sharper assessment and transparency of managing risks and creating value from new opportunities
Creating a simpler and better society for all
RECENT ARTICLES, PRESENTATIONS & INTERVIEWS
Link to recent interviews on the SDGs with Spire Research & Consulting in Singapore
Part 1: UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Companies
Part 2: How Companies Integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their Mission
Link to recent International Society for Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) presentation
Link to a recent article that Nitesh wrote for Wharton's Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)
Information on each of the SDG Goals
Information on the SDG tracking progress, data sets, targets and implementation.
Nasdaq introduced its latest version of the ESG Reporting Guide, a resource for global companies to adopt best-in-class ESG practices