Innovative Solutions for Sustainability Challenges

SDG lab Africa helps companies find innovative solutions to their sustainable development, ESG and SDG challenges.

What is the SDG lab?

The SDG Lab Africa is an innovative and collaborative space where we work with our clients and their stakeholders to understand their sustainability needs and challenges before designing and implementing industry leading solutions.

The lab is a collaboration of experienced and dynamic sustainability professionals who offer a comprehensive sustainability skillset. Our passion for sustainable business and winning team dynamic allows us to deliver greater value to our clients.

Our services aim to support senior managers responsible for ESG and/or Sustainability in their organisations. In this role we work hand-in-hand with our clients to develop customised solutions to their unique sustainability challenges.

As a team, we are passionate about:

  • the role that business can play in meeting global sustainability targets;
  • minimising negative impacts and maximising positive impacts on people and planet;
  • improving transparency and efficiencies across value chains;
  • deeply engaging with clients and value-chain stakeholders to understand needs and challenges;
  • facilitating proven problem solving processes to find effective solutions;
  • designing and supporting the operational implementation of simple and effective solutions;
  • demonstrating improvement through effective monitoring of impact metrics;
  • educating and inspiring employees make changes to improve sustainability;
  • documenting sustainability journeys to tell your story and inspire industry change.

Let us add value

Business is all about value creation.

Contact us to find out how we can create value for your business by guiding you on your sustainability journey and helping you to demonstrate your committment to the SDGs.

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How we work

We are flexible based on the needs of our clients, but work within a comprehensive and systems-driven framework.

In everything we do, we aim to empower your organisation by imparting our knowledge and inspiring the leaders, managers and employees we work with.

We use our strong background in design thinking facilitation to guide our clients through the process of DISCOVER > DESIGN > DELIVER.

DISCOVER

Gain a deep understanding of the materiality of social and environmental impacts from a corporate and product lifecycle perspective.

DESIGN

Facilitate the process of developing strategic plans, standard operating procedures, monitoring protocols and projects and initiaitives that reduce negative impacts and enhance the companies sustainability performance.

DELIVER

Lead or support the implementation of projects and initiatives. Train, inspire and mentor employees. Monitor and report on outcomes. Adapt plans to enhance effectiveness.

Team

Our core team of experienced sustainability professionals are ready to provide direction, support and innovation at any stage of your sustainability journey.

The team has proven conceptual and operational experience in the areas of strategic leadership, design thinking, socio-economic development, community development, environmental mangement, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, circular economy, value chain efficiency, product lifecycle impact assessment, emerging markets, project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, data handling and visualisation.

The lab has an extensive network of specialist associates available to provide additional technical expertise when required.

Ulrich Meyer-Hollings

Ulrich is an experienced strategic innovation, human-centered design, corporate venturing and organisational strategy specialist with a proven track record of new venture design & commercialisation across multiple industries, NGOs and geographies. Coupled with his experience as a Founder, he is a hands-on, entrepreneurial, pioneering and agile innovation & strategic design advisor with practical exposure to both established and emerging markets. Ulrich has the ability to energise and galvanise cross-disciplinary  teams to create truly ground-breaking outcomes. He is also a thought leader and public speaker with a passion for people-centric innovation.

Jaisheila Rajput

Jaisheila is passionate about developing economic models for sustainability and transforming the way we do business. She is a fervent believer in developing practical and comprehensive solutions that have the biggest value with long term benefit and impacts.

She has a career spanning over a decade in large corporates in the automotive, chemicals and construction industries. Her rich background includes technical, management systems, strategy and sustainability. She has worked in several countries including South Africa, Germany and Hong Kong. Jaisheila brings a fresh global perspective to the development of solutions for companies doing business in Africa.

Andrew Purnell

Andrew is a creative and strategic thinker with a broad skillset and experience that extends from impoverished rural communities to the corporate boardroom. He has worked in grass-roots community development, eco-tourism, biodiversity conservation, agriculture environmental management, marketing, innovation, design thinking facilitation, executive education and emerging market economies. His practical hands-on and get-it-done approach, coupled with leadership experience and strategic insights enable him to make valuable contributions in business, government and civil society. Andrew’s aim as a consultant is to add long-term value to his clients by designing sustainable solutions, supporting effective implementation and telling compelling stories that inspire positive action.

Bhongolwethu Sonti

Bhongo is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a member of the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network and a Women Deliver Young Leader Alumni, advocating for the health, rights, and well-being of girls & women. He has been an Aspen Ideas – Spotlight Health Global Voices Scholar, an UNLEASH Innovation Lab Fellow and has been named a Young Global Leader by Johnson & Johnson. In 2018 Avance Media named him one of the Most Influential Young South Africans. Bhongo is the Africa Lead Consultant for US based Equity in Education, an NPO aimed at improving the academic, professional and economic outcomes of people of color and individuals from low-income backgrounds.

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