Creating Value for Business

What is CV4B?

  • CV4B is a process for understanding, measuring, communicating and increasing the full value of your business.
  • Our experts work with you and your business to identify its contribution to, and impacts on, people, communities, the economy and the environment locally, regionally and nationally.
  • We help you find and exploit opportunities for adding positive value to all these areas, including those with a direct financial benefit, either to your business or to others.
  • CV4B will help ensure that you are better able to manage your business sustainably, now and for the future. 

 

What are the benefits?

  • Provides a consistent and transparent platform for your organisation to make progress towards sustainability objectives.
  • Helps identify potential resource and cost savings. For example, it is estimated that the average SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) could reduce its energy bill by 18-25% by installing energy efficiency measures, with an average payback of less than 1.5 years.
  • Supports long-term business strategy, by identifying and helping to manage key risks in your sector or supply chain (for example resource pressures or forthcoming legislation) and by identifying opportunities for innovation, new markets or revenue streams.
  • Informs management and decision-making by helping to plan and prioritise investment planning.
  • Positions your business as a sector leader and enables robust reporting, enhancing your reputation and demonstrating health and performance of the company with existing and potential clients, staff, suppliers, investors and other key stakeholders. 

 

How does it work?

  • The process begins with an initial discussion to agree goals and priority areas, identify information availability and requirements, and consider practical issues like timescales and ways of working.
  • We then build a picture of your organisation's current sustainability position and performance across a number of areas, including financial (e.g. contribution to economic growth, productivity), social (e.g. diversity, community investment) and environment (e.g. resource use, biodiversity). We also identify potential threats and opportunities. This stage may require additional contact with key teams or individuals in your organisation (e.g. facilities, human resources, procurement).
  • The methodology we use is based on and complies with internationally recognised protocols and standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines and the International Standards for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) and Social Responsibility (ISO 26000). We also ensure that our approach is proportionate (i.e. focuses on those aspects of most importance and relevance) and follows best practice in your particular sector or industry.
  • Following our analysis, a further discussion takes place to discuss results and agree the best course of action. This could include integrating sustainability with the company's existing strategy, setting targets, developing an action plan or publishing the results of the exercise.
  • We can also help you implement any necessary actions or next steps, ensuring any reports and supporting information are used appropriately to maximise the benefits to your business and beyond.