Global Corporate Social Responsibility

Fractional Sustainability Consulting

“Being good, is good for business” ~ Lindsay Hampson

Small and mid-sized businesses face increasing pressure to adopt environmental and social practices. The challenge? Implementing effective ESG strategies often exceeds current capabilities. Enter Fractional Sustainability Managers.

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Fractional Sustainability Consulting solutions

Our solutions are designed to remove the burden of environmental and social responsibility from your shoulders, allowing you to focus on what you do best while making a positive impact on the planet and society. Our Approach Includes:

01. Baseline Scoring: Assessing your current sustainability and ESG performance to establish a clear starting point.

02. Peer Benchmarking: Comparing your practices and results against industry peers to identify areas for improvement.

03. Strategic Development: Crafting a bespoke sustainability strategy that aligns with your business objectives and values.

04. Initiative Implementation: Rolling out targeted initiatives to improve your sustainability metrics and operations.

05. Stakeholder Communication: Effectively sharing your sustainability journey and achievements with stakeholders.

What is a Fractional ESG & Sustainability Consulting? 

Fractional ESG & Sustainability Consulting represents a modern, dynamic approach to corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship.

In this model, Fractional Sustainability Consultants or Managers offer their extensive expertise on a part-time or project-specific basis, catering primarily to businesses that require strategic sustainability guidance without the need for a full-time position.

This concept, often referred to as “Sustainability consulting on-demand,” provides companies with the flexibility to access specialized skills and knowledge as and when they need them.

How Do They Work?

Fractional Sustainability Consultants work part-time or on a project basis, integrating into your team to provide specialized ESG guidance. They tailor their services to your business’s unique needs, offering strategic sustainability solutions that align with your company’s goals and schedule, ensuring an efficient, impactful collaboration.

CREDENTIALS & AFFILIATIONS WE HAVE

FSA
Rotman School of Management
Hamilton
mcmaster
Corporate Social Responsibility, Made Easy.

Our Sustainability Consulting Features

We’re ESG professionals that have a deep understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues. Plus, we can help your business develop and implement ESG reviews and sustainable practices that align with material goals. See some examples of ThisRock’s client work. 

Fractional Sustainability Consultants can work 100% remotely – on virtual meetings or calls. Or, you can have them do a few visits to your office to meet you and your team. They may work with businesses in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and more. 

ESG Reviews

They can review your business on environmental, social and governance benchmarks and scales. These reviews are both on your business’ impact on people and planet, and material forces impacting your business. Some call this double materiality. 

Peer Reviews and Gap Assessments

ESG consultants can also do an assessment of your competitors on major sustainability factors. This is helpful as you can quickly see if your business is behind on ESG thinking, or if you can roll out something impactful as a differentiator for your business. 

Request For Proposal (RFP) ESG Preparation

Businesses often assign “Sustainability” roles without full expertise, risking ineffective strategies. ESG Consultants offer external verification, enhancing trust and avoiding reputation issues.

Sustainability Strategy Development and KPIs

Fractional sustainability managers can help businesses develop sustainability strategies and materialistic assessments that align with their goals and values. They can conduct a sustainability audit to assess the business’s current practices and develop a roadmap for improvement.

Carbon Footprint Analysis

Fractional sustainability managers can help businesses measure their carbon footprint and identify opportunities to reduce emissions. They can also help businesses develop carbon reduction plans and track progress over time.

Assurance of ESG Disclosure

Companies often assign “Sustainability” roles lightly and expect full strategies. ESG Consultants provide third-party verifications, boosting credibility and preventing reputational damage.

Supply Chain Sustainability

Fractional sustainability managers can work with businesses to assess the sustainability of their supply chains and identify opportunities to reduce environmental and social impacts.

Sustainability Initiative Implementation

It’s one thing to have a great ESG strategy. It’s another to actually roll it out, and train employees to do it. For example, is your company implementing a new circulatory policy? You need help outlining education, owners, and measurements for success.

Tracking Metrics and KPIs

Without data, people are naturally skeptical of a company’s ESG or sustainability policies. Having the data to back it up is great. For example, ESG Consultants can collect current-state data on your GHG emissions and Employee Wage ranges, and then track quarterly how you are improving. This builds trust. 

Employee Engagement

Fractional sustainability managers can help businesses engage their employees in sustainability initiatives. They can develop training programs, communication strategies, and incentives to encourage employees to adopt sustainable practices.

Reporting and Disclosure

Fractional sustainability managers can help businesses prepare sustainability reports and disclosures that meet industry standards and stakeholder expectations. Not sure what reporting framework to use (e.g. TCFD, SASB, ISSB, GRI, UNSDGs, etc)? You’re not alone! They can recommend the right one or two for your business. 

Regulations and Mandates

Who has time to keep abreast of new country, local, or industry regulations and mandates around ESG? No one. Trust an ESG expert with this knowledge. Get their help so you can focus on your business.

Grants for Environmental and Social Initiatives

If your business is working to save the planet or assist people and communities, you can benefit from grants or financial assistance. Len on a Fractional Sustainability Manager for this know-how so you can save time, and make money. 

Communications

Once your sustainability policy and report are ready, you need a great way to launch it into your company, to your customers, and into your community of partners and stakeholders. Writing a great website, emails, and presentations is something that great Sustainability Advisors can help with. 

There are many more uses to hire an ESG Consultant for your business. Customers or lenders asking for a sustainability plan? Use these experts as your “phone a friend.” 

Contact us anytime. We’d love to speak for 15-mins when it works for you. 

Lindsay Hampson, CEO of ThisRock Inc.

Benefits of Hiring a Fractional Sustainability Consultant

There are a handful of benefits to hiring a Fractional Sustainability Consultant for your business. These include:

  • Cost Savings: Hiring a fractional sustainability manager, who works part-time, is usually cheaper and more flexible than a full-time professional. Businesses save by paying only for needed services, often through reasonably priced packages.
  • Expertise: Fractional sustainability consultants have deep expertise in sustainability issues and can provide businesses with valuable insights and recommendations. They can help businesses develop sustainable practices that align with their goals and values. Learn more about us.
  • Flexibility: Fractional sustainability consultants work on a flexible basis, so businesses can hire them as needed. This allows businesses to get the sustainability support they need without committing to a full-time hire.
  • Improved Reputation: Implementing sustainable practices boosts reputation and attracts eco-conscious customers. A fractional sustainability manager helps develop and apply these practices effectively.

Selecting the Right Fractional Sustainability Consultant

Selecting the right Sustainability Consultant carries significant long-term implications. When reviewing potential consultants, keep the following criteria in mind:

Proven Expertise: Choose consultants who have demonstrated success in aiding SMEs.

Specialized Knowledge: Seek firms with deep expertise in Sustainability and ESG areas and those holding recognized ESG credentials.

Customized Strategies: Verify that the consultants can tailor their approaches to fit the specific needs, objectives, and sector of your SME.

Testimonials and References: Look for testimonials, Case studies, and request references to demonstrate the consultants’ successes and outcomes of their work.

Collaborative Ethos: A suitable consultant should work as a partnership, engaging your team throughout the process and ensuring knowledge is shared for lasting application.

Fractional Sustainability Consultant FAQ’s

Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.

What is an Fractional Sustainability Consultant?

A Fractional Sustainability Consultant provides part-time sustainability and ESG expertise to businesses. They help develop and implement sustainable practices affordably and flexibly, catering specifically to each company’s needs without the cost of a full-time hire. Need some help? Book a 15-min chat.

Can a Fractional Sustainability Consultant help my business save money?

Yes. By implementing effective sustainability strategies, businesses can often reduce operational costs, improve efficiency, and qualify for tax incentives or grants. Additionally, hiring a consultant only when needed can be more cost-effective than employing a full-time staff member.

How long does a typical engagement with a Fractional Sustainability Consultant last?

The duration varies based on your business needs, the scope of the project, and the specific goals you wish to achieve. Some engagements might last a few months, while others could extend over a year. The flexibility of this arrangement is one of its key benefits.

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While some plan to retire on Mars, we’re betting on this rock.


Lindsay Hampson | Founder | MBA, FSA Credential Holder

ThisRock

It’s time to get sustainable or be left behind

Customers are demanding. Lenders are looking. Employees want purpose. Government and industry regulations are rolling out. Being “good” is good for business.

FRACTIONAL SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT

Transforming Sustainability into Opportunity

For today’s small and mid-sized enterprises, embedding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) practices isn’t just a trend—it’s a strategic imperative. In an era where transparency, ethical practices, and environmental responsibility are increasingly demanded by clients, employees, and regulatory bodies, aligning your business with these values is essential. The transition is more than a moral choice; it’s a competitive edge in a market where industry leaders prioritize sustainability.

At ThisRock Inc., we specialize in transforming sustainability challenges into business opportunities. With our roots spread across Canada’s vibrant cities from Toronto to Mississauga, we serve diverse sectors such as Automotive, Chemical, and Finance. As your dedicated Fractional Sustainability Partner, we offer more than advice—we provide a roadmap from current state assessments to strategic execution and stakeholder communication, ensuring your sustainable journey is acknowledged and rewarded.

Unlocking the Potential of SMEs through Sustainability

Adopting sustainable practices transcends compliance—it shapes the future of your business:

  • Brand Building: Elevate your reputation with genuine, impactful ESG initiatives.
  • Standing Apart: Gain a competitive edge by embracing ethical practices.
  • Boosting Morale: Inspire your employees with a vision that extends beyond profit.
  • Minimizing Risk: Tackle legal and compliance challenges head-on.
  • Securing the Future: Align your business model with sustainable, long-term goals.

Let’s Start a Conversation

Has CSR become a must for your business? We simplify the process. ThisRock navigates the complexities of adopting ethical practices, aiding in cost reduction, revenue generation, and compliance with new standards—all while contributing positively to society.

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