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Sustainability Spotlight: GCX DASH- ESG

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has continued to be top of mind in 2021 and is set to grow in importance in 2022. ESG can be a confusing concept as it encompasses a large number of topics that impact an organisation at every level.  It represents the next phase to building a more sustainable future.

The requirement for companies to urgently respond to the market and incorporate ESG into their enterprise risk management frameworks and strategic objectives has, in some cases, left them puzzled as to where to start and what areas to prioritise.

Acknowledging the growing demand for ESG related services, specifically from clients, GCX have responded by appointing a Senior ESG Advisor to guide our ESG service offering going forward. Brondwyn Douglas brings 17 years of ESG-related experience to our team and has been instrumental in providing the necessary input to our digital team in understanding ESG data and presenting it in a usable fashion that enables effective decision-making. In parallel to this, Brondwyn is supporting clients to understand their specific ESG landscape by undertaking materiality assessments, developing strategies, and determining the company-specific key performance indicators (KPI’s) and metrics necessary to manage and mitigate risks.

We live in a technology-driven society and with the crowding of the traditional ESG consulting space, GCX has taken our data-driven approach that was used to develop our initial environmental platform and applied it to the concept of producing an all-encompassing ESG platform. GCX DASH- ESG utilises the best of our advisory and digital expertise to produce a platform that enables the performance management of ESG risk.

A materiality-based approach rather than basing our platform off regulators and rating agencies, allows organisations to determine the material ESG risks and metrics specific to their organisation upfront. Adopting this approach simplifies the ESG data collection, analytics and reporting stages allowing organisations to quickly move out the gate into the performance management of ESG.

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Bernard Jacobs

DIGITAL DIRECTOR

After 14 years in the marine water sector Bernard joined GCX in 2013 and initially focused on water sustainability at corporate level. It was this process that highlighted that “most” corporates, with all good intentions, do not have the know-how, ability or understanding of how to go about gathering, managing and reporting responsible data.

During his tenure at GCX, Bernard combined his formal accounting training, his IT skills and worked together with the highly skilled technical team at GCX and its associates to develop the GCX GCX Data Analytics and Sustainability Hub (DASH-).

Ohad Shachar

SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR

Ohad joined GCX in 2008 and has over 15 years of sustainability management consultancy experience, specialising in the development and delivery of climate change response programmes. This has included carbon footprint analysis, life cycle assessments, GHG verification services, CDP reporting and GHG mitigation and adaptation strategies – all of which he has implemented with a portfolio of JSE-listed companies across various sectors such as Property, Insurance, Finance, Mining and Fisheries.

Ohad has co-authored various climate adaptation studies in agricultural and insurance sectors, and has assisted companies and cities in developing innovative climate risk and vulnerability assessment tools. He has a BSC Hons in Biochemistry, and an MPhil in Environmental Management.

Sandra Ririe

FINANCE & OPERATIONS MANAGER

Sandra is responsible for the financial and operational management of GCX. She brings rigour and discipline to the organisation’s finances and executes our strategy through efficient and sustainable operations management. Prior to joining GCX in 2012, she worked with a variety of companies to optimise their administrative processes and to build capacity internally, with a specialised focus on customer relationship management. Sandra holds a BComm Financial Accounting Degree from Stellenbosch University and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management from the University of Cape Town.

Kevin James

CEO & FOUNDER

Kevin leads a dedicated team of strategic environmental sustainability and project management experts. He and his team actively support the transformation of large, complex organisations into more responsible and valuable entities by unlocking fast-emerging green economy opportunities.

As a professional with deep experience in strategic corporate sustainability as well as in the development of green, low carbon projects, Kevin and his team have developed sector-leading technology within the design and implementation of business intelligence analytics. Kevin also holds non-executive Directorship in The Green Building Council South Africa.