Our boutique sustainability consulting firm specializes in comprehensive, financially focused, ESG solutions.
We improve corporate financial performance by developing and integrating tailored sustainability solutions for clients, primarily in the U.S. and Europe. Each project aims to consistently improve business-critical ESG metrics, year-on-year.
Key services include:
Writing annual reports to ensure clear, effective communication of corporate sustainability efforts.
Performing competitor, peer, and sectoral benchmarking to identify and capitalize on shared sustainability opportunities.
Developing ESG data strategies, from initial data collection to processing, analysis, and assurance.
Undertaking materiality assessments and risk mitigation, ensuring clients are prepared and resilient against ESG-related risks.
Preparing organizations for future compliance with evolving regulations such as the SEC Climate Disclosures, California SB 253 & 261, EU CSRD & ESRS, and IFRS S1 & S2.
Conducting regulatory reporting and voluntary disclosures, including compliance with standards and frameworks such as GRI, ISSB/SASB, CDP, TCFD, and SBTi.
Implementing GHG Protocol-based carbon accounting and Scope 3 carbon value chain audits.
Setting targets for net-zero emissions and achieving climate neutrality certifications for clients.
Enhancing stakeholder engagement and alignment, facilitating better understanding and cooperation among all parties.
Improving performance in third-party ESG rating assessments and audits, including but not limited to EcoVadis and ISO standards.
Guiding clients through transitions from voluntary to mandatory sustainability disclosures.
Highlights of our Work in the News
(2023) Publication of client Sustainability Report
Optinova Group 2022 Sustainability Report Published Today
"Key highlights from the Optinova Group Sustainability Report 2022 include:
Ambitious Goals: We have laid out ambitious benchmarks for carbon emissions reductions, joining the circular economy, waste reductions, promoting gender equality, and advancing sustainable sourcing.
Carbon Emissions Measurement: Optinova adopted the Greenhouse Gas Protocol method, ensuring an accurate and globally recognized way of quantifying our carbon emissions.
Sustainability Programs: We uphold high standards in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices and empower our stakeholders to do the same."
(2021) Interview in the BBC
Personal accountability encourages positive social behaviour.
"Imagine living on a little island in the Baltic Sea 100 years ago. You took care of your neighbours and they took care of you, because there was no one else. Somehow the Ålanders haven't lost that kindness." Rather than an especially "cooperative" society, it's a "kind society aware of the strengths and failings of each other and accepting of each because we're all in this together."
(2019) On the Åland Islands of Finland I led a project to turn an empty historic building into a Pop-up Sustainable Small Business Center.
"New Business Concept Grows in Mariehamn" - Swedish text at Ålandstidningen
"Michael will gather Åland businesses under one roof" - Swedish text at Nya Åland
"He plans a Sustainability Center in the Stone Warehouse" - Swedish text at Nya Åland
(2011) With the Patagonia volunteer team I helped clean-up a scenic rafting waterway - the Concord River.
"CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS... Patagonia Employees Make An Impact" - Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
Skills in Action
Available at Academia.edu
‘Managing Municipal Open-spaces for Conservation, Education, and Recreation at East Boston Camps: Westford, M.A.’ Harvard University; Environmental Ethics and Land Management
‘Life Cycle Assessment of Catalytic and Non-Catalytic Wood Stoves’ Harvard University; LCA Case Studies
‘Renewable Energy: Bridging the Gap Between Energy Production and Energy Consumption' Harvard University; Environmental Management
‘Factors effecting the sustainability of marine invertebrate fisheries: An explanatory case study of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster fishery of the Miskito Coast and the Queen Conch fishery of the Caribbean.’ Harvard University; Masters Thesis
'Factors Affecting the Public Perception of Water Quality at Forge Pond Beach and the Relationship to True Water Quality' Harvard University