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The Davey Tree Expert Company


Scopes of Work:

  1. Materiality Assessment
  2. Sustainability Strategy
  3. Facilitation
  4. Electrification Tradeoff Study
  5. Sustainable Business Model Innovation


Schedule: August 2020 -  Present


Summary: Davey Tree, one of the oldest and largest employee-owned companies is a leader in sustainability and has been producing a sustainability report for more than ten years. After ten years, Davey started to ask: How can we do better? 

In 2020, Davey hired WSC to conduct a Materiality Assessment and better understand what is important to employees and how their interests are part of the organizational culture in how it relates to sustainability. To support Davey in this effort, WSC employed  Human Centered Design a Design Thinking methodology that uses empathy to deeply understand stakeholders, their motivations and needs. 

As an outcome of the work, Davey is in the process of a cultural transformation, intentionally rethinking who it is as a company and its purpose. It is shifting its corporate strategy, including looking at new business opportunities and opportunities for revenue growth. WSC also supported Davey in developing a new impact business model. 

To explore options on how to fulfill on climate goals, WSC conducted an electrification analysis for Davey to help the company explore the costs/benefits of electrifying the current vehicle and equipment fleet.

The electrification analysis determined that over the next ten years, Davey would reduce GHG emissions by nearly 12 million metric tons of CO2e and save more than $2 billion.  

WSC continues to work with Davey on various projects and new initiatives. 


Quotes from Employee Surveys:


“It is important for Davey to engage in sustainability. Times have changed. We have to build the future for the kids.”


“It’s good to know that Davey is taking sustainability and action more seriously-- more seriously than I realized. It’s refreshing and reinforces my contentment with Davey.” 


“How do we integrate sustainability into Davey Tree culture such that the actions, decisions, and attitudes of everyone in our organization reflect our core values?”