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Sustainability

Sustainable solutions. Sustainable results. Sustainability is upon us and it isn’t a fad. Leading organisations view sustainability the same way they look at any other game-changing business opportunity that forces them to think differently about their operations. These organisations are taking another look at the core business through a sustainability lens and finding new ways to transform common operations and investments that clear the Return on Investment hurdle. And in the process, they are creating competitive differentiation and long-term value. Curious? Explore the resources on this website to learn how your organisation might profit.

Company boards, executives and management are investing more and more time and resources on issues of sustainability. The increased focus is driven by:

  • Higher energy and utility prices driven by increasing demand, resource scarcity and population growth
  • Looming carbon taxes
  • Incidents highlighting the risks inherent in supply and value chains
  • Investors and fund managers are taking a more active stance on responsible investing (CRISA, UNPRI, Regulation 28 of Pension Funds Act)
  • Integrated and sustainability reporting require organisations to report on aspects other than financials to demonstrate how value will be created and sustained over the short, medium and long term
  • Customer awareness and shifting buying behaviours result in changing market demands and growth opportunities
  • King III, Companies Act and related legislation

Companies embracing sustainability in all of its dimensions (economic, social, environmental, governance) are realising a wide range of tangible and intangible benefits.

Internal benefits include:

  • More holistic view of an organisation’s overall performance by interrogating non-traditional value drivers
  • Enhanced agility and resilience of the business model
  • Break down of silos as a result of closer collaboration between different internal business units
  • Improved social and environmental performance, combined with better financial performance
  • Opportunity to streamline internal business processes, and realignment of resource allocation
  • Increased transparency and employee engagement
  • Opportunity to innovate

External benefits include:

  • Competitive advantage gained through brand differentiation, cost reduction and operational efficiencies
  • Improved ability to attract capital, trading partners and value chain participants
  • Enhanced credibility and brand reputation
  • Improved stakeholder relationships
  • Improved transparency can create a “halo effect” that makes it easier for a company to earn forgiveness when things go wrong, while getting more credit for things it is doing right

How can Deloitte help you?

Reporting, compliance and assurance

Sustained and high-quality performance depends, in part, on effective measurement, management and disclosure of traditional financial metrics. Other metrics, such as those used to evaluate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, can be just as informative on how a business is creating value. Deloitte helps organisations both comply with regulators’ demands and report compellingly to target audiences on the results of their sustainability initiatives. Moreover, Deloitte practitioners bring to sustainability reporting a detailed understanding of the challenges involved in making sense of non-financial data. Our sustainability and integrated reporting services include:

  • Report benchmarking and analysis
  • Reporting and assurance strategy and roadmap development
  • Definition of sustainability metrics, reporting systems and controls
  • Sustainable governance and risk assessments
  • Sustainability data (key performance indicator) assurance
  • Sustainability report assurance
  • Supplier audits
  • Internal audit of sustainability data
  • Internal controls assessment

Sustainability strategy

Sustainability is a critical business issue and has the potential to be a differentiator in an organisation’s ability to manage risk, create and protect enterprise value and drive growth and innovation. Deloitte helps companies generate a differentiated market position to drive incremental growth and value. Our services include:.

  • Stakeholder engagement frameworks – philosophy, identification, engagement methods and policy
  • ?Sustainability strategy definition and alignment with overall business strategy
  • Benchmarking and maturity assessment of sustainability management processes and practices
  • Definition of sustainability processes, business requirements and resource allocation plans
  • Safety analytics through the use of advanced statistical techniques to analyse causes and development targeted
  • Development and implementation of ethics management framework including awareness programmes, training and reporting

Key contacts


Pramesh Bhana
Africa Leader
RA Governance, Risk and Oversight
Tel: +27 (0) 11 209 6337

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