Except Integrated Sustainability
Except Integrated sustainability.
Flourish in a changing world.
Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Business Strategy Consulting

Service > Gain advantage by looking forward

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.

Multi-Sectoral Advantage

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:

  • Chemical Industry (cosmetics, food additives, plastics)
  • Manufacturing (Carpet, Packaging, Product, Transport)
  • Agriculture & Food Distribution
  • Construction & Design
  • Urban Development & Infrastructure
  • Policy & Regulation
  • IT and Software Development
  • Retail & Sales
  • Energy production & distribution
  • Waste & Water management

Use Systemic insights

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.

Sustainability as strategy

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. 

  • How do you embed sustainability in the core strategy of your organization?
  • Which steps do you have to take to roll out a strategy in different markets, cultures and product lines?
  • How can we make our business more resilient?
  • How can we prevent increasingly rising costs due to regulation and certification?
  • What does the future of our industry look like in 10, 30 or 50 years?
  • What intelligence can we structurally derive from our production chains, stakeholders and life cycle assessments?

We work with you to anwer these questions for your particular situation, and customize the solutions for optimal effect.

New business models

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. 

  • Embedded Networks
    Among these advances are the ability to make use of both physical and social networks. There are right and wrong ways to do it. In which way can Facebook, LinkedIn and your own intranet help to make your organization be more effective, and reach new customers? Or are these just hot air balloons? How can you use them for what they're best for, and make sure not to bet on the wrong horse?
  • Knowledge Management
    Knowledge is power. How is the knowledge in your organization collected, stored and shared? Most organizations have a lot to gain from better ways to manage information and experience. New web and cloud based IT tools can help you capitalize on this, and improve the performance of your organization without adding any physical attirbutes or incurring large overhead costs.
  • Products as a Service (PAAS)
    New technologies and product-as-a-service innovations allow you to increasingly dematerialize the services you provide. Which directions can this development take, and which steps need to be taken to take advantage of these developments?
  • Decentralized business units
    There's a variety of proven business models out there which show the advantage of a far-reaching decentralization in business structure. How do you transition from your current model to new ones, or how can you use new business modles to set up new branches, innovation labs, product development centers or support local communities? 

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.

Ecology as strength

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.



Wesleyan University Teaching Museum

Sustainability through flexibility

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.

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Merredin Health Industries Spirulina Plant

Rural Regeneration Algae plant

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.


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Investment Projects

Cutting edge sustainable development

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.

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IKEA Catalogue Supply Chain Dashboards

Intuitive Dashboards Enable Sustainable Decision Making

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.

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Vision National Park Oostvaardersplassen

Framework for Park Management and Nature Conservation

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.

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No Time To Waste

Jump-starting the LC Packaging sustainability journey

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.

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Except Integrated Sustainability

Tom Bosschaert

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“We didn't get the result we wanted, but the one we needed. In the end, the project finished within budget, within scope, and the result is exactly what we need right now.”
-- Marjolein Mann
Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, Policy Officer
“With the Natural Capital Quick Scan, Except has provided us with more sophisticated tools to quickly exhibit potentially significant impacts and dependencies in an organisation's operation and supply chains.”
-- Erik van Zadelhoff
Secretary Platform Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Economy (PBEE)