Working with large private and public organizations over a combined 35 years, our co-founders consistently faced two issues:
Siloed sustainability departments
Most large organizations publicly claimed that sustainability was good for both business and society at large. However, when working at more granular operating levels, we usually found that the collaboration between sustainability and core business groups was not anchored on financial goals. Sustainability departments were often siloed within companies while operational groups were under intense pressure to deliver on sales and cost objectives. As a result, operating units struggled to understand how societal goals could create business opportunities.
Organizations seeking integrative sustainability solutions from outside experts faced the gap between science-based sustainability consultancies and management/strategy consultancies. The former developed innovative methods for quantifying societal impacts and resulting risks, whereas the latter created strategies focused on core business goals. Our clients complained that they could not find consultancies that effectively brought these two skillsets together.
We founded Aligned Incentives in 2015 to help large organization overcome these two issue, and help sustainability groups generate significant business value. Within a year, Aligned Incentives has been hired across industries by many of the world’s largest organizations, and our growth has been fueled by our ability to generate significant business and societal value.