Navigating Growth without Giving In

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Clarkston helps companies focused on a ‘triple-bottom line’ achieve profitable growth without sacrificing their core values.

Clarkston applies their knowledge of best practices in the Consumer Products industry to the unique issues affecting companies focused on social and environmental values,” said Pete Alberse, global customer development officer at Seventh Generation.

Sustainability is paying off. In a recent study, “high sustainability” companies outperformed companies without environmental and social policies over an 18-year time period in the stock market and financial performance.1

While this growth and success is often welcome for companies, it can result in significant growing pains as well. Companies seeking to achieve ‘triple bottom line’ results focused on people, planet and profit are turning to Clarkston Consulting for guidance on navigating this growth.

“Companies founded on core socio-environmental principles often encounter issues at multiple levels as they begin to transition from fledgling startups to viable corporate entities to mainstream brands found on the shelves across varied retail environments,” said Kyle Montgomery, a partner with Clarkston’s Sustainability Practice. “They often struggle with employees who feel left behind, processes that aren’t scalable and technology that can’t support expansion.”

Among Clarkston’s roster of sustainability-focused clients is Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment.

“Clarkston applies their knowledge of best practices in the Consumer Products industry to the unique issues affecting companies focused on social and environmental values,” said Pete Alberse, global customer development officer at Seventh Generation. “In our quest to nurture the health of the next seven generations, we really felt like Clarkston shared our common belief that business isn’t just about profit, but it serves a greater good as well.”

Businesses who find themselves at this ‘tipping point’ of growth should focus on improvements to business processes and technologies.

“If you want to get grow both your business and the impact of your principles, you have to have an efficient and documented supply network,” said Montgomery. “Clarkston can help you achieve this without sacrificing product integrity. We apply proven best practices in use by our many established and mainstream CPG clients while adhering to your triple bottom line values.”

Companies also struggle with new product innovation as their brand portfolio begins to grow. New product innovation is often done in a vacuum, with little process or control. As competitive and retailer pressure to innovate on the natural platform increases, new product development can often grind to a halt.

For more information on Clarkston’s experience in helping companies achieve triple-bottom line results, please visit http://www.clarkstonconsulting.com/people-planet-profit

About Clarkston Consulting

Clarkston Consulting is a different kind of management and technology consulting firm. We deliver a unique experience for market leaders within the Consumer Products and Life Sciences industries. Considering professionalism, expertise, and value as prerequisites, we take service a step further through our unyielding commitment to the success of people as individuals, both our clients and our stewards. By combining integrity, adaptability, and a “whatever-it-takes” attitude, we have achieved an extremely high rate of referral and repeat business and a 10-year average client satisfaction rate of 97%. For more information, please visit http://www.clarkstonconsulting.com.

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[1] The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance, National Bureau of Economic Research. March 2012. Accessed at http://www.nber.org/papers/w17950

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