Release date: 9 July 2012
Leading projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has worked closely with rural water authority, Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) in Central Victoria, Australia, to review its Corporate Plan with a series of sustainability aspirations at its core, and importantly, develop a framework within which to implement this strategy.
Workshops with the officers, executive team and the Board of GVW confirmed that a sustainable approach to business affected all elements of the organisation’s strategic direction and operations.
Several areas were identified that required particular attention in order to enhance the sustainability, effectiveness and continuity of the business, including:
- Bringing a sustainability culture alive through clear behavioural expectations consistent with the business vision and values, together with supporting systems and demonstrable leadership.
- Developing a strong strategic intelligence function to inform GVW’s annual strategy cycle, while extracting insight from existing business functions.
- Overt adoption of a change management mindset to underpin the effective implementation of the identified improvement opportunities.
- Diligent pursuit of operational alignment to maximise the effectiveness and likelihood of success of the new initiatives, to achieve the maximum return on effort.
- A stronger focus on innovation, enabling all staff to participate in identifying and then solving specific business problems (such as how to significantly reduce GVW’s carbon footprint).
Click on the link to view the following video in which members of the GVW team (client and SKM) discuss the challenges of undertaking this project, as well as the benefits and positive outcomes of SKM’s approach.
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Sinclair Knight Merz is a leading projects firm, with global capability in strategic consulting, engineering and project delivery. It operates in three regions: Asia Pacific, the Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), deploying some 7,000 people from more than 40 offices.