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Julie Rosa and Zak Wood – From Principles to Praxis – The SDGs as a unified framework for...

Updated: May 12, 2021

From Principles to Praxis – The SDGs as a unified framework for organisational value, risk, and performance

Julie Rosa –

Zak Wood –

Over the last three years we have been developing and presenting in this and other fora our methodology for using the SDGs as a framework for what we’ve called unified value. The concept is that the SDGs, while written as an objective for nations, structurally provide a touch-point to a full range of activities that any business undertakes.

In short, they enable us to re-couple the ESG wave to the Economics of traditional business, in an E+ESG framework – Perhaps the best one we’ve seen.

The ability to use this framework for viewing all organisational activities has created all sorts of opportunities for improving operational effectiveness and risk responsiveness in a BANI world.

Our toolkit has progressed over the last two years into a set of tools which live on top of this EESG framework, creating clear linkages between forward planning (uncertainty, material issues, risks) and operational excellence (tactical visibility, leading and lagging progress indicators), using a clear and common language for narrative development.

This supports faster and more accurate reactions to the non-linear and incomprehensible world we are operating in – A focus on control and response, rather than probability.



Julie Rosa is a Director at DBK Advisory. Julie has worked across the foundational elements of Environmental Social Governance - as legal practitioner, a consultant in sustainability, risk management and governance as well as a university lecturer. Through this diverse exposure, she has developed a passion for sustainability. Specifically, she's driven by the goal of making the world a better place for ourselves and future generations and believes that business plays an instrumental role in this.

Her interest is in materiality, prioritisation and helping companies take a future focused view of sustainability in a way that adds value to the business.

Zak Wood is a co-founder and Director at DBK Advisory, a specialist firm assisting medium-large organisations to clearly define their whole-value proposition for investors and other stakeholders, and to set strategies that look beyond only financial profit as a measure of success.

Zak’s expertise in systemic risk, corporate projects, and complex systems supports work on several broad initiatives seeking to expand the concept of corporate value, both for individual organisations and as industries collaborating for common societal benefit. He works with faith and mining in South Africa, establishing the next vision of the mining industry, unpacking structural challenges and find pro-active solutions to ensure a stable and sustainable future, both for the mining companies and broader society.

It is Zak’s firm belief that a “whole-value” approach to investing is a part of incentivising better behaviour among all players in the economy, in ways that will lead to a more stable, more humanely prosperous society.


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