This leaner approach is particularly resonant now, he says, as companies are facing potential budget shortfalls and many more people are working remotely.
During his professional career and while working with clients as a Yale student, Yeoh says he frequently found that many companies simply weren’t equipped to achieve their sustainability goals, whether it was materials sourcing or managing climate risks. Some might’ve had the engineering or science expertise but lacked the expertise to make the finances work, while others had business expertise but came up with solutions that weren’t based in good science.
In one Yale class, for instance, he produced a cost-benefit analysis for a footwear company on the use of recycled polyester. That experience, Yeoh says, illustrated just how much progress needs to be made on the marriage of business and the environment — even in large, well-established multinational corporations.
So far, the OnePointFive team is comprised of 10 experts from different disciplinary backgrounds, including biomimicry, environmental engineering, design, data science, communications, corporate strategy, and finance. (The group includes graduates at YSE, Yale School of Management, and Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science) Yeoh hopes to double the team in the next phase of growth
“I believe that clients deserve the right talent to solve their particular sustainability challenges, without overpaying for expertise that does not fit their needs,” he says. “If there’s a strong market we could eventually become a marketplace for sustainability experts — a matchmaker for solutions.”