We are purpose-driven experts & advisers Specialising in sustainable supply chains, built environment, finance and human rights.

Action Sustainability Asia Pacific was started by a group of energetic, passionate individuals motivated by a desire to make a real difference. Operating across all industries and sectors, they share a common conviction to inspire positive and measurable societal change.

The founding Directors, with previous experience working together, recognised the need for a boutique, nimble, staff-owned firm in the region. This team of recognised industry experts now leads Action Sustainability Asia Pacific, building on and leveraging the success and experience of Action Sustainability UK.

Our principled approach (View our Sustainability Policy)

In carrying out our business we are guided by the following principles:

  • We only work with clients who genuinely aim to contribute positively towards a more sustainable society
  • We are committed to our purpose of inspiring sustainable business
  • We encourage our clients to think beyond the present and to see the benefit of taking a longer-term view of their role in a rapidly changing society
  • We adopt a pragmatic and realistic approach based on our experience of how businesses operate
  • We recognise the societal benefits of sharing our knowledge and will be generous in participating in ‘public interest’ and industry initiatives.

In July 2017 we acquired specialist sustainable procurement firm, Planet Procurement, and moved into our new Sydney offices at 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills.

Action Sustainability Asia Pacific Pty Ltd is registered in Australia and governed by its own Board of Directors, chaired by Shaun McCarthy OBE, co-founder of Action Sustainability UK. Current Directors include: Ian Heptonstall and Shaun McCarthy, David Pugh (Aquiliti) Mark Lyster (Managing Director), Alistair Coulstock and Jean-Louis Haie. Other staff members include Olivier Masson and Maxine Kaisin.


Partnerships and Initiatives

We recognise the value of collaboration and as such, have formed partnerships with the following organisations:

Action Sustainability Asia Pacific is a member of a number of industry collaborations, including:

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia.

Mark Lyster is the Chair of RIAA’s Human Rights Working Group.

Jean-Louis is the chair of the ISO 20400 Australian Mirror Committee

Action Sustainability UK is a delivering partner to the Australian School and we work closely in supporting the School in its various endeavours.

We are members of the United Nations Global Compact Network Australia.

We focus on our clients Building positive relationships

We take care in developing trusted relationships with our clients, so that together we can contribute to creating solutions for some of society’s biggest challenges. We believe in the power of determined individuals to enact lasting change. We advise a wide range of clients.

Our case studies


NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Transport for NSW, NSW Department of Education, Local Government NSW, City of Sydney, Lake Macquarie Council and Sustainability Victoria

Private sector:

Transurban, Infrastructure Council of Australia, Laing O’Rourke, Stockland, Hansen Yuncken, Acciona, Alphinity Investment Managers, Janus Henderson Investors and Woolworths

Hong Kong:

China Light and Power, Gammon Construction