Shoal are leaders in systems thinking. We use it to help clients define, manage and deliver big projects in complex environments; the kinds of projects that you dream of, but then have nightmares trying to figure out.
These projects are often across defence, space, transport and infrastructure. They often have lots of moving pieces that are interrelated and technically challenging, so we use a rigorous, complex systems engineering approach, based on best practices gleaned from around the world (amongst which are our own). When we do this, all the pieces of the system come together to enable our clients to make better decisions, manage resources, adapt, avoid risks and achieve objectives.
“Climate Active certification gives every business the opportunity to evidence environmental responsibility to their stakeholders and support environmental action for the benefit of future generations.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since March 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
At Shoal, our vision is to improve the world as a result of tackling the most complex problems. This mission inspired our team to investigate ways we could apply systems thinking methodologies across a range of areas, one being environmental custodianship. The outcome of this is our carbon neutral certification. We continue to pursue avenues and activities to improve our environmental position, applying our expertise in systems thinking.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Shoal has a climate-conscious workforce who are personally motivated to take action on environmental issues and enabled in the workplace to do the same. Carbon neutral certification is an important driver of workplace satisfaction and engagement, as well as another differentiator for new recruits. Some of the markets we operate in require evidence of environmental credentials, so accreditation has commercial benefits too.
What offset projects do you support?
A savanna burning project in Australia and a wind power project in China.
Why did you choose these projects?
We have made choices and changes in the way we do business to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible. We then purchase carbon offsets to take responsibility for our unavoidable emissions and become carbon neutral. We drew from our company values to select our offset projects; self-awareness and sociability.
At Shoal, self-awareness means developing ourselves and each other.
Sociability involves connection, building relationships and engaging with the community.
As we also operate across Australia and New Zealand, we chose an offset project that involves climate action in both countries.
Shoal invested in offset projects where benefits extend beyond offset of carbon emissions, to reflect our values.
How can the community support you?
By choosing suppliers and advisors in their supply chain who have committed to carbon neutral operations for the benefit of the community.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Shoal’s emissions reductions strategy is detailed in our Public Disclosure Statement. We are also keen ideators and regularly meet in our Ideas Club to progress initiatives internally. We are reviewing our supply chain further and discussing initiatives that we can all take, in the workplace and at home.
What has been the impact of your action?
We began our carbon neutral journey in 2020 and have achieved carbon neutral status and continue to explore ways to reduce our footprint in our business.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Shoal believes that we have the responsibility to mitigate our environmental impacts because tackling complex problems is at the heart of what we do. Climate Active certification gives every business the opportunity to evidence environmental responsibility to their stakeholders and support environmental action for the benefit of future generations.