We were born from the coming together of like-minded professionals that believed we needed to accelerate sustainable development and respond to the socio-economic and environmental pressures that are demanding greater accountability and transparency from businesses and investors.
However, we felt that the focus was often skewed toward the
environmental, social and governance or ESG risks a business may face, and not the actual impact they have on the
environment and societies in which they operate. we believe that ESG risk together with SDG impact will better determine a company’s legitimacy and license to operate; and so set out innovate. Paragon + Impact was established to address these limitations of traditional ESG ratings and improve how the tangible impact is measured and rated. Through this approach, we hope to enable informed decisions that focus foremost on the sustainability of our planet and its people, alongside sustainable economic growth.
Being impact-driven is deeply ingrained in our DNA as we are dedicated to leveraging our expertise and tools to create tangible and lasting positive outcomes.
Amy has a background in environmental chemistry and a deep passion for driving positive change through sustainability. She has a strong track record as a management consultant and change project manager at blue-chip financial services institutions; specialising in operating model design, implementation and sustainable finance.
Sustainable business was the focus of her MBA as well as her MSc in Climate change and Risk management. She continued working in this area at prestigious institutions like the UN DP and G7, where she shaped sustainable finance roadmaps.
Savannah is dedicated to empowering businesses along their sustainability journey and working with them to create meaningful, positive societal and environmental impact. Her thesis explored the landscape of responsible investing and ESG reporting among South African publicly listed companies, which earned her a distinction and ignited her interest in sustainable development. She is passionate about redefining the perception of ESG and sustainability from a tick-box exercise to a core element underpinning the success of any enterprise.
Aimée is a South African qualified corporate attorney and sustainability professional, holds a Masters Degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.
Her focus is on assisting businesses in translating their ESG and sustainability commitments into actionable strategies. She emphasises the significance of listening, asking probing questions, empathy, teamwork, and consistently delivering one’s best. Aimée is dedicated to helping businesses thrive through mindful decision-making in wealth creation.
Christina is an American attorney and University Lecturer trained at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. She began as a commercial litigator in Dallas, focusing on the First Amendment, her shift to educating business students and developing content for the UN Global Compact highlighted the absence of lawyers in sustainability discussions.
Recognising the need for their analytical skills, she now dedicates herself to empowering businesses and legal professionals with training, support, and strategies to become ESG influencers, addressing urgent global challenges like climate change and inequality.