A 1-day workshop
How to Manage how we Manage our Risk

– in Auckland and elsewhere or online –


Are you ready to look deep within your organization’s culture around environmental risk?

Why? Because it’s time you looked at the risks the environment poses to your business.

It’s time to look at the business opportunities that abound in the green economy.

And that means it’s time you seized the transformative power of organizational learning to revitalize your firm.

If you want your business to do more than just ‘make it into the future’, but rather to help build it, then this is the workshop for you.


This workshop helps you comply with the risk standards you already use. It helps you go beyond compliance to leverage environmental risks into real business opportunities.

Gone are the days when we had a job for life. When we mastered our skill then plied it to retirement. When learning was something we only did at school.

In these times of ever-faster change, learning goes on all day, every day – in all aspects of our life. Today we talk about life-long learning throughout and beyond our work. About life-wide learning that grows the whole human. About organizational learning that fosters purpose and growth for everyone in all aspects of our life.

Sounds good, doesn’t it! But how do we get there from here? From a place where climate change, water pollution and ecosystem decline shove a host of existential and business threats in our face every day?

Here’s how this workshop helps you do just that.

It supports you to apply leading science and business information to a range of very real risks posed by:

  • how your firm’s risk perception and appetite is influenced by neurology, psychology, individual conditioning and organisational culture
  • how this influences our attitude to environmental compliance and longer term sustainability
  • global environmental and related risks identified by the World Economic Forum
  • reputational and financial risks that the environment poses to people who can’t read them
  • the risk to businesses posed by stronger drivers for social, financial and environmental sustainability.

Here’s the good news.
This workshop helps you switch this real but scary world view by
reversing your 360° risk perspective into a 360° suite of opportunities –
and aligning with business reporting methods now endorsed by the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
and over 70 stock exchanges world-wide.

Yes, that’s right, integrated company reporting against the seven forms of capital shown in my Planetary Training Model.

And these integrated reports and leading business research powerfully demonstrate that firms who grapple with this approach to managing their business grow into smarter and more profitable firms who add value to people and the environment up and down their value chains.

And think about this.

Is your business in a sustainability sunset sector?

Firms in the sustainability sunset sector have effects on the natural environment and/or people that mean they:

  • need to radically reduce their carbon intensity and other emissions into air, land and water; and/or
  • need to radically improve their ethical practices and human impacts to become more sustainable and equitable; or
  • they’re already past their peak, they’re less profitable and they’re losing favour with investors.

Ringing any bells?

Could you be a sustainability sunrise sector?

Firms in the sustainability sunrise sector are:

  • entrepreneurial firms and new social enterprises that see sustainability innovation as a path to growth and a way to access green venture capital funding;
  • new and forward-thinking firms in any sector that see the business opportunity in renewable energy, low-carbon and more sustainable foods and materials, and specialized green jobs.

Ringing any more bells?

Ask yourself these questions to see if this 1-day R.I.S.K. workshop is for you:

  • Does your business come under any degree of environmental compliance focus because of its carbon footprint; lifecycle costs; solid, liquid, gaseous or hazardous waste, or risks to biodiversity or air, water or soil quality?
  • Is the cost of compliance starting to worry you?
  • Are your customers, shareholders, lenders and insurers asking about your ecological, social and governance practices?
  • Are you struggling to define just how environment and sustainability risks are affecting your business bottom lines?
  • Do you worry about how sustainability pressures could affect the future of your business, and what to do about it?
  • Do you have skills and resources that you can readily redeploy into new or improved sustainability ventures?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, then this workshop is for you. If it sounds like compliance, don’t worry: compliance is just another pathway to transforming your business.  And that’s what a deep appreciation of risk is really all about.

Environmental performance and business success

You presented some very well-developed thoughts on environmental performance and business success which went down extremely well with the contractors, who are a tough-minded audience. Derrick Adams, CEO, HEB Construction Ltd

Who stands to benefit from this workshop?

This R.I.S.K. workshop works well for:

  • in-house teams working on the long term business strategy; and
  • people attending a public workshop where they can all learn from shared experiences.

Think about your senior management team:

  • CFOs – chief financial officers;
  • CSOs – chief sustainability officers, who are starting to appear in senior management teams;
  • CROs – chief risk officers, also appearing in senior management teams;
  • CHROs – chief HR officers and the learning & development staff in your people and culture teams;
  • communications and media personnel, who are in the front line of reputation management when things go wrong; and
  • legal advisers or staff with environmental compliance expertise.

Think about your specialized staff and teams:

  • bid and tender teams where environment and sustainability are selection criteria;
  • project or site managers where environment and sustainability are a compliance focus, e.g. civil and building construction or manufacturing;
  • supply chain managers working with geopolitical, climate and ethical factors;
  • government and not-for-profits wanting to reframe environmental compliance as an opportunity for best business practice; and
  • health, safely, quality and environment staff whose roles include environment and sustainability management.

In the R.I.S.K. workshop you will:

  • analyze real-life case studies on the cascading financial and reputational damage that businesses can incur when they do not appreciate the need to actively manage and learn from different aspects of risk
  • identify trustworthy sources of business and environmental to follow
  • grasp the increasingly stringent reporting criteria being adopted by more and more investors and stock exchanges all around the world
  • check out how different actors in the financial sector are making their own assessments of the risks that the environment poses to business
  • have the time to assess and discuss these risks with respect to your own organization and risk management procedures
  • develop your own management solutions by:
    • building a 360 degree perspective on the risks the environment poses to your business; and
    • understanding how to work with the psychological, social, cultural and organizational aspects of the risk profiles that environment and sustainability specifically pose to your business.

Pure inspiration

It was a pure inspiration to listen to you yesterday afternoon! Danka Urta, Permathene

 All this information is based on solid evidence, including my own practical experience and deep ongoing research.

Ongoing value from the R.I.S.K. workshop

You’ll learn to live by the risk formula:

RQ = risk IQ + risk EQ

where RQ = your organizational risk quotient; IQ is its intelligence quotient and EQ is its emotional quotient.


This workshop will transform how you see – and manage – the Really Important Stuff to Know about the risks posed to your business by environment and sustainability.
After attending, you will be able to:

  • understand how the human brain perceives and reacts to different kinds of risk
  • assess your personal and corporate risk appetite or risk aversion
  • appreciate others’ perspectives around environment and sustainability
  • identify and manage other people’s and parties’ attitudes to risk
  • identify a wider range of risks the environment poses to your business
  • assess and discuss these risks with respect to your own organization and risk management procedures
  • work with environmental laws and contracts to deliver business benefits
  • position your company for risk reduction, reputation management and more sustainable practices
  • identify the threats that sustainability poses to your business – and seize the opportunities they offer.

You will realize value from this workshop every time your firm averts or mitigates an environmental risk; every time it snatches a business opportunity from the jaws of environmental threat; every time you grow your organizational ability to analyze, reflect and learn.

Standout speaker

Clare was the stand out speaker at our Stormwater and Sediment Field Day. This event is held outside and it is a feat to address approximately 300 attendees in this environment. As the final speaker, Clare captivated and engaged the audience, finishing the presentations on a high note. Marcus Ballantyne, Auckland Council

Extra add-ons

 In addition to the face-to-face workshop time with me and your peers, registering for the R.I.S.K. workshop also means you become eligible to receive a package of free add-ons.

Add One: Pre-workshop activity

Before the workshop I’ll ask you to dig out several pieces of information about your organization that you may not have considered relevant to environment-related risks. Throughout the day you will have opportunities to see how these relates to the audiences, content, delivery and evaluation of your environmental training. (And it will help your wider environmental management processes, as well.)

Add Two: Reading list

During the workshop you’ll learn how to keep up with risk-related developments in the worlds of environment and sustainability; professional training; economics and business. (And yes, this is all part of building a 360° approach to risk that stays relevant, responsive and – better still, proactive.)

Add Three: Post-workshop activity

After the workshop you’ll receive a follow-up supporting activity to help as you develop your RQ, your Risk Quotient, talk with key people (during the workshop you’ll have added some names to the list of ‘usual suspects’) seek their views and socialize your Risk IQ throughout all levels of the organization. And this will help everyone to comply with the spirit as well as the letter of your external risk standards and your internal risk processes.

Add Four: Online interactive webinar/meeting

We all know what it’s like to take a day away from our usual work: even if we’ve cleared some messages and emails during the workshop, we spend most of the next day catching up. But your appreciation of how your environmental training strategy can help your organization manage risk is important, so you do need to follow up on your tasks and ideas. So three or four weeks after the workshop I’ll host a 1-hour webinar where you can revisit the workshop content and your ‘to do’ list, hear from others how they’ve been going and ask questions.

Four add-ons that nearly double this workshop’s wrap-around value for you.

What’s more, you could score CPD points or hours!

By attending this workshop you may be able to obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or hours from your professional association. Send them the link to this page and ask them to contact me.

The 1-day workshop is 7.5 hours of training activity, excluding time for tea breaks and lunch. Some professional associations equate 1 CPD point for 1 hour of training activity. Your own professional association can tell you how many CPD points or hours this workshop will earn you.

If you’re ready to take your organization’s environmental training strategy
to the next level of alignment with the business,
then join me!

 The investment to join this very well-received workshop is just
$497.00 per person pre-GST.

Tailored solutions

Please feel free to ask me about in-house services including special short workshops or webinars for:

  • business advisers including accountants, lenders, investors and insurers
  • CEOs and other C-suite officers
  • Company directors.

And you can also ask me about:

  • scheduled dates for my next environmental R.I.S.K. IQ workshop
  • group discounts
  • workshops online or in places other than Auckland and New Zealand.

Seize the day! It’s time to go beyond compliance: experience the Business Transformation you will enjoy as you use your R.I.S.K. IQ to become a Learning Organization!

 – Learning for Life on Earth –