Sustainability in connection with franchise systems
A franchise system is a particular challenge for
sustainability management. Although a franchisee is a legally independent
entity, the franchisor largely defines the corporate image and terms of the
operational business. In many cases, however, the extent to which
sustainability measures and the associated costs fall under standardised
business processes is a matter of negotiation between the franchise partners.
I can help bring momentum to sustainability efforts across
franchise systems by defining the strategic benefits for franchisors and
franchisees. These can include raising the brand profile, saving costs by using
resources more efficiently and improving the quality of products and services.
Sustainability in connection with mergers and acquisitions
In the past, sustainability tended to play a very minor role
in mergers, acquisitions and divestments. But that is changing rapidly.
Documentation of a company’s social and ecoefficiency performance can
significantly increase the chances of success of these transactions. Sound
sustainability management, for example, helps improve a company’s ability to
resolve conflicts with stakeholders – and this can also influence its ultimate
market value. In today’s business world, it is more likely than not that a
company will be rewarded for its corporate sustainability efforts – and this
also applies during mergers, acquisitions and divestments. Companies with no
concrete measures in place often have to subsequently contend with rising
expectations and new requirements from regulators and the market.
I can help strengthen your negotiation position, supporting
the M&A process and highlighting your sustainability commitment in areas
that add most value in connection with mergers, acquisitions and divestments.