Except develops business strategy for visionary clients to get ahead faster, and to realize resilient and succesful business operations.
With our full-spectrum analysis method and experience in unraveling complex issues and making them insightful we put you at the wheel of a powerful strategic engine.
We do this by providing global intelligence from our trend analysis, combined with systemic tools that find gaps in existing strategies, discover unexpected savings, analyze stakeholders and with network analysis programs that give a strong, long term backbone to business operation.
Organizations that rely on our strategic business strategy range from a few people in size to large multinationals. We also work with sector representatives for entire industries and local to national governments.
Some industries are further ahead than others in implementing new strategies and solutions. Because we work in abroad range of industries we can provide cross-sectoral intelligence to all our clients.
Industries we work in are, among others:
The time when business strategy could be decided by financial and market data alone is past. Global intelligence from many different angles can be combined into 'systemic' insights using new techniques such as system mapping, combined with trend analysis and serious gaming.
What will your organization do to adapt to the rapid changes in global material flows, economic balances and regulations? There are ways to adaptively ride these changes rather than simply react when a change becomes real. Using the right strategic tools at the right time allows you to take advantage of changing markets. We work with clients to embed systemic thinking in their business processes.
Various reports from different industries show that sustainability as a business endeavour only pays off if it's used as a core business strategy. In contrast, just focusing on energy and material savings, CO2 and other physical elements will likely result in a losing proposition.
We work with you to anwer these questions for your particular situation, and customize the solutions for optimal effect.
A great variety of new business models have been made possibly by developments in technology as well as in business management. You can take advantage of these leaner and more adaptable business models for, for instance, product development, innovation, strategy development, production and providing on demand services.
We work with our clients to answer these questions, and embed these and other new business strategies in ways that are adapted to their specific requirements and strengths.
We increasingly learn that using ecology and biology not just as examples but as 'green engines' within business yield impressive results.
From inventions that use biomimicry principles to develop groundbreaking new materials and working principles for products to using organically developed business models that are based on cell structures, all around us ecology is proving its strength.
At Except we let ecologists, business analysts, engineers and designers work together to figure out smart ways to move forward. If you'd like to take advantage of these new insights and developments, contact us today.
Except designed a new type of museum used for teaching with four distinct collections of artefacts, musical instuments, and prints, located in the center of the Wesleyan University Campus.
The museum has been designed for longevity, with a possible life span of over hundreds of years. Its main quality is its ability to change function over time while remaining a high quality environment for a variety of purposes. It’s flexible, exciting and features solid passive energy systems that continue to work through the ages.
The Merredin Spirulina plant, developed in the year 2000, is one of the first projects in which we applied systems thinking and our holistic, systemic approach to innovation, using ecology as a main component.
The result is a highly unusual but stunningly effective business case for a sustainable, ecological industry to revive a desert town in Australia.
This project is a testament to the strength of holistic, systemic approaches. For this reason, we documented the project extensively on this page, indluing the conception process, business case and design of the plant. For more detail, feel free to contact us.
Our investment projects represent the cutting edge of sustainable development today. They are built on the most promising ideas brought together by our teams, and developed with experienced professionals to ensure success.
With our visionary investors we hope to realize significant change through these projects, set an example of sustainable development, and deliver healthy profits to continue innovating.
The IKEA catalogue with more than 200 million copies is the largest annual print run in the world. IKEA Media Production has worked diligently to improve the catalogue’s sustainability performance. To find new ways to boost its performance, IKEA Media Production engaged Except. Together we applied a new systems-thinking approach and found powerful ways to raise performance.
With implementation partners Trade Extensions and Deloitte we created new visual big data tools in less than a year. Together we realized a sustainability-driven learning supply chain that is now helping transform the biggest paper and print suppliers worldwide.
For Staatsbosbeheer (the Dutch nature management agency), Flevoland Province, and the municipalities of Almere and Lelystad, we developed a vision document for the future development of Oostvaardersplassen National Park in the Netherlands. The document offers a vision, mission, performance goals, and principles for a national park that will be internationally acclaimed by 2030 for its ecological sustainability, societal value, and economic resilience. A accompanying Inspiration Booklet introduces interesting practices from around the world to offer inspiration and specific ideas for actions to realize the formulated perfromance goals.
LC Packaging serves customers across the globe with packaging products to protect, preserve and transport goods. Except was requested to assess its baseline sustainability performance.
At product level we examined reusing Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) and found a significant CO2 emission reduction potential. At corporate level we investigated energy and water use, waste generation and CO2 emission. See below for our main findings.