We are busier than ever, and despite a challenging year for many businesses, the coronavirus pandemic has not made a dent in the demand for our work. If anything, the disruption to ‘business as usual’ has demonstrated even more clearly the need for continued urgent action to rapidly bring down greenhouse gas emissions and restore nature. In addition to the brief project highlights above we have worked on many other projects and an expanding list of clients this year.
Working towards the shared aspirations of the Paris Agreement, and beyond, the next ten years are critical in making progress on sustainability. So we are stepping up our work internally too, to develop 3Keel so that we can respond to the growing needs of business, government and NGO clients as well as our partners. 3Keel has expanded steadily since our founding, and as we now approach an organisation of thirty team members, we are switched on to the need to ‘build the platform’ to support our small-but-growing-organisation. We have a clear sense of our priorities and next steps – so, watch this space as we progress our plans to set up the business for our ongoing evolution.
Central to all that we do, and to our future plans, is maintaining the highest quality of work. Having been ranked by the Financial Times (FT) as one of the UK’s Leading Management Consultants for Sustainability in 2019 and 2020, this year the FT presented us a Gold award at the top of the rankings. We are grateful, and very proud across the entire 3Keel team, that the work we do as a small, independent organisation is recognised as sector leading. And, key to our ongoing success will be ensuring we continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards.
Alongside quality, we continue to believe that we do our best work when we are true to our principles as a values-led organisation. We have backed this commitment up with successful achievement of B Corp status in 2020, passing with flying colours of 108 points. Of course the story doesn’t end there, and our post from last year expands on areas of the organisation needing attention for our continuous improvement.
And underlying everything at 3Keel is our team. Like everyone, 2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for teams to cooperate and connect, but we have improvised, flexed and persevered to retain cohesion and optimism. We are also looking ahead, and have identified key areas of the business where we want to add talented people at all levels. Over the last six months, just some of our new 3Keelers include:
Michael Lord – who is taking on a key role in our Climate Change practice area, joining as a Principal Consultant with incredible experience working on diverse projects, including successfully plotting paths to decarbonise several heavy industries.
Sophie Milner – who bolsters our technical land management capabilities, including 19 years experience working for the National Trust. Sophie is now working in close partnership with Tom Curtis, to advance the reach and impact of our LENs programmes.
Richard Scott – who has moved from long-term design consultant of 3Keel, to being our Head of Design. Richard is a rare talent who combines artistry with astute questioning, and keeps us honest in terms of how we convey the concepts of our work.