2POD VENTURES

Making the right choices in your SUSTAINABILITY Journey

We are a practice offering sustainability services.  We guide public and private entities in implementing their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ambitions with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

We work domestically and internationally leveraging the art of diplomacy in all that we do.

       

Our Services:

  • ESG & UN SDGs Evaluation, Orientation and Implementation

  • Business with Purpose and Values

  • Mapping the UN SDGs to Business Strategy

  • Developing an ESG/SDG Plan

  • Sustainability in your Supply Chain

  • Developing a Sustainability Integration and Communication Plan


Our current project interests are in building sustainability solutions using the ESG and SDG frameworks.

 
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OUR ESG AND SDG SERVICES

Developing your Sustainability Road Map

 

THE ROAD MAP IN PRACTICE

Review of company vision and mission

The first step to developing your SDG sustainability plan is to review and understand the company vision and mission statement. In addition, defining and making known the company’s PURPOSE with a PURPOSE statement. This will be followed by an overview of current strategies contributing to the company vision and mission.


Materiality assessment

A materiality assessment consists of identifying the key sustainability factors are the important to the company and the company values.  Employees, internal & external stakeholders and shareholders are part of this important process. Key sustainability themes will be defined through this process.


Understanding the SDGs

There are 17 SDGs and 169 targets. Each of the SDGs has their own goal, targets and indicators. Each of these will be explained in detail and the team will have the opportunity to start thinking about which SDGs relate to them and the company and why these SDGs are important for the company.


Understanding the SDGs with CSR

A practical approach is required to identify how SDGs relate to the company’s CSR programs. The distinction between SDGs and CSR will be discussed with a discussion on how they are inter-connected and inter-related.


SDG assessment and relevance to the company

In a workshop setting, there will be a team survey where senior management will rate and qualify which of the SDGs are most relevant to their respective functional business units.


Sustainability themes & SDG selections

Results from the survey will be discussed with the team through a consensus and collaborative process, S, and the selected SDGs will be approved. There will be followed by a discussion on the targets of the SDGs selected.


Mapping the SDGs to company value chain

Each of the SDGs will be mapped against each of the business units to identify where positive impacts can be achieved and where negative impacts can be minimized.


Setting goals/targets and indicators

For each of the SDGs selected, specific goal/targets statements will be developed. In addition, the team will start the process of identifying clear indicators and metrics for each of the SDGs.


Integrating the SDGs into the company

Developing an integration strategy and plan on how best to communicate the strategic importance and potential impacts of the SDGs with all employees, stakeholders and shareholders will be crucial for success.


Reporting

Different forms of SDG impact reporting styles and templates will be discussed based on local and international best practices. Corporate and proxy sustainability disclosures are becoming a must for many companies.


Our sustainability services are customized to meet the specific needs of each client.

We work collaboratively throughout the entire process and facilitate measurable results.


Contact us to find out how we can help plan your sustainability plan

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

BUSINESS WITH PURPOSE AND VALUES

INTENT

–Review of company mission with intent of setting goals with purpose

–Company “wrapper” on Sustainability

ACTIVITIES

–Review of current mission, vision and goals of 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 business case

–Understanding shareholder and stakeholder value


DELIVERABLES

–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

INTENT

–Assessment and prioritization of SDGs & ESGs and link to corporate strategy

–Mapping SDGs & ESGs to value chain


ACTIVITIES

–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

–Materiality Index of what is important to  organization

DELIVERABLES

–SDG prioritization with individual SDG vision statements

–Mapping of each of SDG to company supply/value chain

–Risk and opportunity matrix

–Materiality assessment  

DEVELOPING A SDG/ESG PLAN

INTENT

–Development of action plan to determine key performance areas (KPAs) and key performance indicators (KPIs) on each SDG selected

–Focus on development of specific ESG programs and initiatives

ACTIVITIES

–Assessment of ESG programs on functional/divisional needs & wants


–Development of KPAs and KPIs for each of programs and initiatives (including philanthropic)

–Identify specific tools for tracking, monitoring and reporting on sustainability progress


DELIVERABLES

–An action plan with ESG programs with KPAs & KPIs

–Reporting templates

DEVELOPING A SUSTAINABILITY INTEGRATION AND COMMUNICATION PLAN

INTENT

–Development of integration & communication strategy to promote sustainability with shareholders and stakeholders

ACTIVITIES

–Assess organizational culture

–Determine integration and communication strategy

–Determine modes and practices for internal and external partnerships

DELIVERABLES

–An integration and communication plan for stakeholders and shareholders

–Training modules for divisional champions 

 

NITESH DULLABH

Facilitator, Trainer & Mentor

Nitesh is 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 Nitesh.

Nitesh has over 25 years of public & private sector project experience in

(a) strategy orientation and Implementation, 

(b) program/project facilitation and management, and 

(c) scenario planning with risk management and (d) conflict resolution.

Nitesh has worked and lived in South Africa, China and the US, and consulted to Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies and helped a few start-ups get off the ground.

Nitesh has a wide range of expertise and experience in sustainability and developmental issues. SDG 6 (Water and Sanitation) are one of his passions and he has managed water and water reuse projects.

His professional memberships include:

• 2020 – Member of International Society of Sustainability Professionals, (ISSP) USA

• 2019 – Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2019, Chartered

Management Institute (CMI), UK

• 2018 – Member of the Pacific Water Quality Association

• 2017 – Board member of Water Reuse Association (CA Chapter), USA

• 2016 – Member of Water Reuse Association (WRA) and the Water Research Foundation (WRF),

USA

• 2012 – Board member of the Palo Alto Community Fund, USA

Attributes of a “New Age” Sustainability Practitioner:

  • Facilitate sustainability projects in the public, private and non-profit sectors

  • Develop and manage public private partnerships (PPP's)

  • Identify risks and mitigate risks through scenario planning

  • Use diplomatic tactics to manage disagreements and conflicts

 

UPDATES & RESOURCES

USEFUL LINKS

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

 

TESTIMONIALS

What’s Being Said

"Nitesh Dullabh is a wonderful addition to our water reuse industry, providing keen insight and new perspective to our water supply challenges."


Andrew Salveson, P.E.

Water Reuse Practice Director

Carollo Engineers, Inc.

"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."


Bill Mitch

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

"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."

David Armstrong

President and CEO

Sakata America Holding Company, Inc.

 
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PREVIOUS WORK

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.

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