driving organisational performance, sustainably

What does Agile-Sustainability offer?

“Exciting new option – becoming Sustainable now also brings the benefits of becoming  agile and more resilient”

At the heart of the methodology are the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We encourage you to find the goals that resonate with your organisation’s skills and competences and that trigger excitement in your stakeholder community.

What is our purpose?

Our purpose is to support your organisation’s sustainability journey by offering a methodology to support the transformation. This methodology helps you by:

    • linking your sustainability program to key organisational  objectives
    • helping your organisation become more agile and better able to thrive in a disorderly world
    • building innovative, collaborative partnerships with  customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders
    • doing less harm by becoming more environmentally focused, saving water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions and in the process saving money
    • doing more good by using your unique skills and expertise

…and do all this driven by your existing team and aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

What is Agile-Sustainability?

For organisations who want to accelerate and improve their financial and environmental performance, Agile-Sustainability provides a methodology and approach to deliver and exceed expectations. This program is intended to be driven and managed by an in-house team, led by a vision set by senior leadership and based on ‘User Stories’ . These mean that making changes are personal to key stakeholders and vital to the organisation’s future.

How confident are you in achieving your sustainability goals?

Regardless of where your organisation is on the sustainability journey, Agile-Sustainability could help you by putting the things that matter to your key stakeholders at the centre of your plan and ensuring your Sustainability objectives align with your organisational objectives.

What financial support is available?

There may be funding available for specific carbon-reduction activities. Perhaps we can help to find some to support the business case.

Starting your sustainability journey will drive new capabilities within your organisation through Agile-Sustainability

User Stories

Activities are initiated by user stories collected from stakeholders across the organisation: “As a (role), I want to (objective) so that (benefit).

For example: As a salesperson, I would like us to use sustainable packaging so that our customers know we care about the environment.

Daily Standup Meetings

15 minute daily meetings of project team to highlight issues, inject energy and urgency into the program.

Each team member has 60 seconds to cover their progress, plans and problems.

Sustainability Sprints

A collection of ‘user stories’ or tasks that are intended to be completed in a fixed time period such as a week or 10 days.

This is intended to help to make many small changes, rapidly.

Do Less Harm

The starting point is to gather some user stories from across the organisation on the ways that you can:

  • – Reduce Waste
  • – Reduce Water usage
  • – Reduce CO2e emissions

Other organisations have discovered that these activities can also lead them to save money.

Do More Good

How can you organisation use you unique capabilities to ‘Do more good’? In order to give this the best chance of success, these goals should be important to stakeholders and align with business objectives. For example a water company supporting a water charity providing water and sanitation services in developing countries.

Critical Success Factors

  • – Management support
  • – Having the right team
  • – A communication plan
  • – Active leadership engaged in the program
  • – Project initiated with a leadership vision
  • – etc

The Agile Team

This is the multi-disciplinary team from across the organisation responsible for delivering the change. This Team has some shared values:

  • – Commitment 
  • – Focus
  • – Openness and honesty
  • – Courage to speak up on impediments and challenges
  • – Respect for each other

They are, arguably, the most important people in the organisation.

Agile-Sustainability aims

The one common factor for all humanity is that we all live on the one planet. As things currently stand, we are putting future generations at risk due to our current and past actions. Human activity, our excessive use of our planet’s riches, especially fossil fuels, has created the climate emergency. 

We are all, certainly in the developed countries, partially responsible for creating this climate crisis, but we do have the opportunity to limit the amount of climate change if we act now. We can do this by changing the ways that we use our planet’s resources and specifically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. This sounds easy, but we know that’s it not and the urgency of the challenge mean that this needs to start today, right now. However, we also need to help our companies and other organisations to make different choices. We need to ask ourselves some important questions, for example, do we really need to take that flight? Do we really need to use plastic bottles in our canteen? Do we need to throw away as much stuff?

The aim of Agile-Sustainability is to help organisations develop and implement a plan to change. It is intended to be a practical approach to delivering change within your organisation, a helpful starting point, to be adjusted and adapted to suit your needs. Depending on your organisation’s starting point, this change may be larger or smaller. Sustainability is the responsibility of every person in the organisation, but led by the core team. Agile-Sustainability provides a model for change, this will in due time, help your organisation to become more agile and adaptable.

Extending Agile-Sustainability – moving to AntiFragile

In Nassim Taleb’s 2013 book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder,  Taleb states:

”Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better”

This is a very relevant concept which can be adopted by organisations to become hugely strong and adaptive, clearly important in the post-Covid19 world.

Some of the new organisational capabilities developed during an Agile-Sustainability program should, by their nature, help move an organisation towards becoming AntiFragile.



Specifically, 2 areas that contribute towards an organisation moving towards being AntiFragile are Innovation and Collaboration. These are reviewed in the Agile-Sustainability Handbook.

Agile-Sustainability 3 minute overview

“The ‘holy grail’ of success is to embed sustainability into the mindset and behaviours of employees. This is so that every action taken, every decision made, every product developed, every raw material sourced, and every interaction with a stakeholder is done in a responsible way that together defines a sustainable organisation. Sustainable business is not a small team of champions doing great things; it is the whole organisation having positive impacts.”

Nadine Exter, Embedding sustainability into mindset and behaviours of employees

“It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.”

Nelson Mandela

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What we offer

Handbook (available 16th Nov 2020)

Purchase the Agile-Sustainability Handbook, either in paperback or Kindle version
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Workbook (Available Dec 2020)

Purchase the workbook to help get your project started. Also available with this are training videos and access to the Agile-Sustainability community.
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Facilitation Service

Up to 4 hours support with the planning and initial setup of your Agile-Sustainability program
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Ongoing support

Up to 4 hours per month to support the team, review progress, participate in meetings via Zoom or Teams etc.
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About us:

Agile-Sustainability is an offering from Hesys Sustainability Services.

Hesys was setup in March 2020, to support SMEs become more sustainable. In order to support this objective, Agile-Sustainability was developed.

The Hesys founder is Hugh Thomas-Davies, the Chief Agile-Sustainability Advocate. He has a long background in the technology industry, with a 20 year focus on collaborations & partnerships but with a long-term interest and commitment to sustainability, including a MBA dissertation focused on Corporate Social Responsibility.

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