Vertiver Strategy



Donna Meadows proposed small shifts at lever points within a system to create massive transformation. Vertiver’s own motto “be a trim tab,” is a nod to this systems thinking approach for sustainability also espoused by Bucky Fuller. Our strategic process entails in-depth analysis of a system, mapping of points where big shifts can occur and proposing a roadmap for sustainability-based action. The process is immersive and interactive— not suited for the fix-it-quick mindset of business as usual clients of course—but one that provides a blueprint for lasting change. We infuse our strategic process with creative engagement and design thinking, so as to factor the ideas of various stakeholders in the system into the strategic roadmap.

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Active Listening

"most people listen to reply not to understand" Listening well is the first step to gaining true understanding of a need, yet it is an art that is getting lost in the deluge of biases and supply-led processes that many follow. Vertiver is a team of curious people genuinely committed to solving complex issues that affect our planet. We are active listeners and engage in an open dialogic process until we have articulated a shared understanding of the task at hand. Reflecting back to our partners what has been 'listened-to' establishes the foundation for a successful process of developing strategy for our partners.

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Design Thinking

The term's been touted in the auditoriums of MBA programs and 'strategy think tanks' for a while. We interpret and practice it somewhat simply-we engage our partners in 'design thinking' conversations and workshops in which through creative interaction, we garner collective input from participants, generate potential solutions that are quickly vetted for efficacy. Then we analyse, refine and distil insights to arrive at the quintessence of need and solutions that fit our partners' specific context. This gets buy-in from key stakeholders and paves the way for smooth implementation of strategy.

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Being trusted to develop a roadmap towards environmental and social sustainability is a responsibility we proudly connect with our own passion for positive impact and our extensive understanding of technological and operational processes that enable organizations to embrace a strong culture of sustainability. Our Roadmapping process includes elemental aspects of scenario planning as it evaluates potential outcomes of steps takes under a BAU scenario or under the best-case scenario. The roadmap offers concrete steps that partners can take to move towards sustainability within their organization as the first step and outwards towards enabling their vendors as the next. We have worked on developing roadmaps for Carbon Neutrality in Assam with Iroa Ecological Solutions.

What Strategy Mean to Us ?

Vertiver worked closely with the Department of Science and Technology under India's Ministry of Science and Technology to develop a design and dissemination platform for FarmerZone, a cloud-based service for smallholder farmers. FarmerZone was announced at an international consultation for which Vertiver served as the event partner:

Strategy Projects



Design and Writing of Sustainability Report for Havells Group

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What we did ?

We developed and designed the Havells Group’s first comprehensive sustainability report. Vertiver began with an analysis of their GRI data and worked closely with their management to develop a visual and conceptual strategy to translate their data into a narrative. We organized the content along the triple- bottom line approach and wrote all aspects of the report. Our creative team developed all illustrations, design and layouts for the report. We also developed the content for the BRR section of the annual report. The work with Havells group took us deeper into sustainability work as we worked with raw GRI data and translated into a complete report covering all technical as well as social aspects of the group’s work on sustainability..

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