Interview with Quantis on sustainability strategies


“What do I have to do differently from tomorrow on?”

Quantis is the youngest member of the BCG family and an international consulting firm for corporate sustainability that supports leading companies in the transformation to  make their business future-proof and successful within planetary boundaries. As Global Organizational Change Lead, Cordula Richter advises companies on the implementation  of sustainability strategies – in this interview, she explains that it is high time to look at the topic of sustainability in the company not only technically, but above all strategically  and culturally.

Quantis are the experts for sustainability. Can you describe a typical project?

There is no such thing as the typical project because, what we do with our clients always depends on their individual situation and the maturity of their sustainability strategy  of the business. Our team of experts develops innovative solutions based on the latest scientific findings and a deep understanding. In order to develop measures that fit the  client‘s situation, we divide our consulting services into three work phases: “Assess”, “Plan” and “Transform”.

n the first step, we record the company‘s footprint and create the greatest possible transparency about all sustainability factors that are relevant. This involves much more  than just looking at greenhouse gas emissions, but also other dimensions such as biodiversity and water.

To simulate the impact of measures and make the findings digitally  accessible to stakeholders within the company, we use the eQoinsight tool. It enables us to compare the company‘s key figures with science-based data, identify hotspots and  set priorities for the next steps. For a subsequent transformation, it is crucial that the assessment includes not only technical data but also the current level ofperception and  knowledge on the topic of sustainability at management level and among employees, as well as the extent to which it is embedded in the corporate strategy, governance  structures and KPIs.

Once this hurdle has been cleared, what is the second step?

We use the results of the first phase to make the client, but also possible stakeholders, aware of their responsibility and to show what influence changes can have. On this  basis, we then work with the client in the „Plan“ phase to develop a realistic target picture for the company, to which the roadmap is oriented.

In turn, we define all concrete individual measures, the time horizon, and individual interim goals. It is important here that we also describe the roles and responsibilities of all those involved, especially for  the management team.

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