Franchise systems / mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

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.