With sustainability, social licence a priority, leading CSR team joins Deloitte
23 November 2017: As sustainability, resilience and social licence become areas of increasing focus for Australian businesses, Deloitte has added to its sustainability services practice, with the team from boutique corporate social responsibility and sustainability advisory practice, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), joining the professional services firm.
Established by Dr Leeora Black in 2003, The Melbourne-based ACCSR team will be integrated into Deloitte’s Risk Advisory business and Reputation Risk and Sustainability practice.
Black is a globally recognised Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability expert, with more than 30 years’ experience in helping organisations adapt to their changing environments, and will become a Deloitte Risk Advisory Specialist Leader.
Deloitte’s Reputation Risk and Sustainability advisory practice covers workplace health and safety, sustainability (climate risk and adaptation, and low carbon transition and energy management), crisis, and safety leadership, culture and wellbeing.
Deloitte Australia CEO, Cindy Hook, said: “Sustainability and conduct should be at the core of every organisation, and the right approach to stakeholder engagement and management is critical to success when it comes to these commitments.
“We are always looking to add market-leading capability that ensures our clients have access to solutions that enhance their ability to operate and grow with confidence. The ACCSR team joining our firm is certainly an example of this.”
According to Deloitte Risk Advisory Managing Partner Dennis Krallis: “Leeora Black and her team adds further to our reputation risk and sustainability advisory services we know our clients value, and increasingly need.
“Sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, reputational risk and resilience management, social impact and related reporting present challenges for many organisations, but also opportunities for those committed to good governance and great outcomes.”
Risk Advisory partner and Asia Pacific Sustainability leader Paul Dobson said: “Corporate social responsibility is not a nice to have, bolt-on or afterthought - being a responsible and sustainable organisation is an imperative for success.
“Governments, communities and individuals increasingly expect organisations to work hard to earn and maintain their social licence, and issues relating to human rights in supply chains, genuine community engagement, as well as global trends such as modern slavery legislation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are driving the need for organisations to respond in strategic ways that add value.
“Leeora Black has been a driving force in the field of CSR in Australia for many years, and with the arrival of the ACCSR team, Deloitte is even better positioned to help clients meet these increasing expectations.”
Dr Leeora Black said: “This is an exciting time for our team and for our business. The Deloitte brand has earned respect, and our cultures, with strong client-centric business values, are really well matched.
“The firm’s reach and broad suite of services will allow us to continue to create effective corporate and stakeholder strategies, build management capabilities, and create lasting value through responsible business strategies and productive stakeholder relationships across industries as diverse as energy and resources, financial services, agribusiness, retail and consumer brands, telecommunications, property, transport, and the public sector.”
With the arrival of the ACCSR team, Deloitte’s enhanced reputation risk and sustainability advisory capability will include:
- Assessment and measurement – reducing risk and improving decision-making through aligning to better practice, mapping stakeholder relationships and issues and measuring social licence
- Social sustainability strategy – developing or refining strategy for incorporating CSR, human rights, and sustainability into business plans and practices particuarly through enhanced stakeholder engagement
- Training – ACCSR is the leading registered Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Standards training organisation in Australia and New Zealand.