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 and 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

  • Program/Project Facilitation and Management

  • Scenario Planning with Risk Management

  • Conflict Management with Facilitation and Mediation


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


Get in touch to book a discussion.

 

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” Water Diplomat:

  • 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

 

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

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.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES INCLUDE:

STRATEGY ORIENTATION AND DEPLOYMENT

Market Research and Intelligence

We help our clients understand the dynamics of the current market together with new and evolving opportunities in a future market

Competitive Landscape

We give clients a macro and micro overview of the competitive landscape so that they can effectively position themselves in a competitive market

Market Entry and Partnership Development

We guide our clients on the most appropriate market entry approach to follow with a robust partnership strategy and facilitation process

Implementation and Operations

Having a strategy without an implementation and operations plan will likely lead to failure. We help our clients navigate a practical channel-to-market implementation plan

Business Development with Relationship Management

Driving sales and marketing will require an assertive business development strategy. We as a team “roll up our sleeves” to network on our client’s behalf to meet sales targets with sound relationship management tactics


Our strategy 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 today.

PROGRAM/PROJECT FACILITATION AND MANAGEMENT

Program /Project Development

We help our clients with “teasing out” the fundamentals of a successful project by understanding the specific needs of the clients and how a product/service can be marketed into a specific market vertical in the host country

Program/Project Management

We do all the “hand-holding” for our clients in the execution of their projects locally and internationally. We take care of your partner due diligence, partner selection, hosting client trips and your deal making needs


Do you have a project or idea that you’d love to bring to life? We’ve provided clients with a wide range of program and project management services. To find out more, get in touch with us.

SCENARIO PLANNING AND RISK MANAGEMENT

Ideas Generation

Before diving deep into the scenario process, it is important to map the issues at hand. We help guide our clients understand the current environment and the scenarios that need to be mapped and assessed

Scenario Process

We explain the “world of facts” and the “world of perceptions” to our clients. This helps them list priorities that are most important to them with related impacts on the assessed scenarios

Risk Identification

Each of the scenarios mapped have certain and uncertain risks that need to be assessed. This process gives our clients a better understanding of these risks and “what’s at stake”

Risk Mitigation

Mitigation solutions involve building contingency plans for the risks identified. Contingency planning is mixed with budgetary process allocations. We guide our clients through the mitigation process and help budget for unforeseen events

Book an introductory meeting today to learn more about how we can make your business thrive by understanding your scenarios and managing them with risk mitigation tools.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WITH DIPLOMACY

Conflict Assessment

Understanding and assessing the nature of the conflict and/or dispute using diplomacy is the first step to resolving it. A variety of factors may have contributed to “misunderstanding” and/or “real conflicts”. They can range from environmental and social to political and legal. We ask critical questions to make sure we understand the context, people and issues related to the conflict

Facilitation

Facilitation we believe makes the process of conflict management easier. Think of facilitators as holistic physicians. We encourage people to call us in before any conflict has crystallized, to help avoid the conflict and have people work collaboratively toward their common goal. That doesn't mean there isn't the potential for conflict, or that pockets of conflict haven't already erupted. We will guide our clients through this process using diplomatic skills

Mediation

Mediation usually occurs in order to resolve a dispute or conflict. Generally, the process is of robust negotiation and achieving mutual consensus among the concerned parties. Here again, we will guide our clients through a diplomacy process to achieve mutual beneficial compromises.


Our services are customized to meet the specific needs of each client through a collaborative process and this brings out success in conflict management. Contact us to find out how we can help today.

 

PREVIOUS WORK

Making robust decisions in your "SUSTAINABILITY" business

 

We helped this client develop a RO and water reuse strategy that 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 decentralised/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.

We helped this client define a commercialization strategy while the distillation 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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CONTACT US

 

2POD Ventures

Making the right choices in your "SUSTAINABILITY" Plan

+1 (650) 704 0737

Palo Alto, CA, USA

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