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How to make change management happen in the most effective way

Many things can put your business at risk, including changes to your organisation, people or technology. The current pandemic has put many businesses under unprecedented pressure, and some even teetering on the brink of survival. Crises like this quickly turn change...

Future-ready part 2: Diversity – an essential ingredient for a future-ready organisation

In his seminal 1937 essay, “The nature of the firm,” the economist and eventual Nobel laureate Ronald Coase argued that corporations exist to avoid the transaction costs of the free market. Yet with transaction costs plummeting (spurred by rising connectivity)...

Future-ready part 1: What does a future-ready business look like in the new normal?

The pressure to change had been building for years. Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, senior executives routinely worried that their organisations were too slow, too siloed, too bogged down in complicated matrix structures, too bureaucratic. What many leaders feared,...

Organisation Design: Restructuring or Reshuffling to enable Strategy

Customer expectations are not just changing; they are exceeding the ability of a business to deliver on time. They are looking for alternatives, with more emphasis on experience and convenience. To keep up, companies are evolving their offering to meet the...

How to fill the gap between Strategy and Execution

Organisations are great at setting their strategy and identifying their goals, but they fall short when it comes to their operating model review and redesign, the key component that enables the strategy and drives the achievement of goals. Operating models consist of...

Culture PART 2: The role of leaders in a culture shift

In the previous article in this series we examined the effect of COVID-19 on an organisation’s culture. Now, we turn the focus onto the role of leadership and technology in leveraging culture. When an organisation decides to change its culture – be it planned or...

Culture PART 1: Did COVID-19 signal the end for hierarchical organisations?

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, human capital is defined as: “the knowledge, skills, competencies and other attributes embodied in individuals or groups of individuals acquired during their life and used to produce goods,...

Meet MAC’s Executives: Karina Jardim, Senior Executive

“Exceptionally talented consultant” “An absolute pleasure to work with” “Driven by a desire to see people grow” If you know Karina Jardim, you know that these phrases used to describe Karina ring undoubtedly true. She is a name that is valued to every MACer, whether...

Thriving in the Age of Digital Adoption: Embracing the Workforce Ecosystem (part 2)

In the first part of this series, we looked at how the fears of technological innovation are resulting in an unproductive resistance toward modernisation, even as it gains extraordinary pace in 2021. We also delved into the importance of a growth mindset in allowing...

Thriving in the Age of Digital Adoption: Overcoming the Fear of AI (part 1)

“What if artificial intelligence takes over my job? What if I become redundant?” Every one of us has experienced technology encroaching on our lives, more and more so with each year that passes. It appears that technological innovation is a certainty that is only...



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It’s a Wrap for Plastic

How we live on this earth is becoming an ever-present discussion. Over the past 5 years, but more so over the past 18 months, we have seen a change in the climate debate where, for the first time, the social voice is louder and is having a greater impact on sustainability than the science has had over the past 30 years.

There is a significant trend globally where society is becoming more vocal and active and is expecting organisations to respond accordingly – organisations are expected to take a stance on environmental, political and ethical issues over the bottom line.

2019 saw several firsts in the war against plastic and single use plastic products. California banned straws in restaurants, the European Union voted against the use of a host of single use items (to be implemented over the next 3 years) and Tanzania became the latest African country to ban plastic bags. Some studies have revealed that approximately 86% of the waste that impacts the oceans are plastic products (30% plastic bags). Once again, the disruption is both from a societal perspective and a regulatory perspective.

The industries that are likely to be disrupted by this trend are the FMCG industry and manufacturers of plastic products that service FMCG companies, retailers and the fast food sectors.

Winners that will emerge from this are organisations which have moved away from paying lip service to this issue and moved to visible and measurable action. Businesses that consider Circular business models by design, Dell for example, are designing ways to make input materials and components easier to repair, remanufactured or recycled where waste is kept to a minimum. Other companies such as ASDA, McDonalds, Evian and Costa Coffee all have initiatives running to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and the oceans. Losers in the area will be organisations at that do not show commitment through action or do not change their business model to support this trend i.e. plastic bag manufacturers that do not move to biodegradable or reusable bags, straw producers that do not move to paper, glass or metal straws as well as organisations that appear to be irresponsible through the lack of adoption of alternatives to plastic.

Written by Trevor Jamieson

Contact MAC Consulting to assist you in ensuring you remain relevant in this era of disruption.

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