Product sustainability is essential to leading consumer product companies that want to reduce their environmental impacts while creating brand differentiation and greater business value
This report reveals a path from preparing - to progressing - to performing at the highest level of product sustainability. With case studies from The Coca-Cola Company, Timberland, Seagate, RB, and Henkel, this research report examines how companies set goals, use product assessments, and integrate sustainability into the product development process.
edie.net and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) magazine, with sponsor FCC Environment, carried out extensive market research among both waste producers (businesses) and waste-management companies to track how attitudes towards waste and smarter resource management were impacting at different points across the value chain.
Unlocking the Value of Social Investment presents results of research on corporate and foundation approaches to measuring and reporting social investment and presents a framework to help companies improve the effectiveness of social programs.
Business leaders worldwide recognize that changing consumer attitudes and behaviour around sustainability within a rapidly evolving marketplace presents considerable challenges. In 2012, the World Economic Forum and its Partner companies began to address this challenge by researching the key question “How can companies engage consumers to trigger simple behavioural shifts that enable more sustainable lifestyles, grow demand for more sustainable products and create business value?
There were two key findings (“Sustainability needs a makeover” and “Millennials are the opportunity”) and six recommended strategies for engaging consumers as shown to the right.
[Tool] This guide presents both Microsoft’s approach to building a simple carbon fee model and a five-step process to help you customize the model for maximum impact. It is designed for leaders who are interested in learning what the voluntary organizational carbon fee is, why it might be helpful in your organization, and how to implement this simple model--whether the goals are to reduce costs, align with the organization’s code of ethics, help mitigate economic, social, and environmental risks from climate change, make a difference with citizenship projects, or drive innovation.
We have put together a collection of methods for folks new to design thinking. See these “Get Started” methods on the right, which have proved to be most useful for folks as they’re running through their first few design cycles
The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) assesses countries for how well they protect people from environmental harm and how well they protect ecosystems from human encroachment. It crunches data for nine categories--from air quality to forest and marine health--using 20 indicators in all.
The LCA101 document, entitled "Life Cycle Assessment: Principles and Practice," provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment and describes the general uses and major components of LCA. This document is an update and merger of two previous EPA documents on LCA (“Life Cycle Assessment: Inventory Guidelines and Principles” (EPA/600/R-92/245) and a previous version of “LCA101” from the LCAccess website).
This tool recommends ways for all businesses to incorporate children’s rights into their policies and codes of conduct, based on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles. It reaches beyond the traditional focus areas of child labour and philanthropy and outlines the child rights elements that are relevant to all companies. At the same time, it is intended to be flexible and adaptable, and includes elements that companies can adopt and integrate as appropriate, based on their biggest areas of risk and opportunity.
SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System) is a system to evaluate the quality, safety, security and environmental performance of Logistics Service Providers and Chemical Distributors in a uniform manner by single standardised assessments carried out by independent assessors using a standard questionnaire.
An SQAS assessment does not lead to a certificate but offers a detailed factual report which each chemical company needs to evaluate according to its own requirements.
Is sustainability a strategic consideration in your company? Or, is it written off as costly, soft or nice-to-do?
The reality is that sustainability can improve and expand your business – but it's not always easy.
We’re making it easier by compiling the best research for you. If you want to make the case for business sustainability in your organization, you’ve come to the right spot. Regardless of industry or organizational size, this site will help understand how to create value through sustainability. Make this your first stop as you draft a business sustainability plan, prepare a presentation to colleagues, or submit a proposal to senior executives.
This website is designed to capture and share human rights lessons from the Olympics, FIFA World Cups and other major sporting events to help raise the bar from one event to the next. The site is part of ongoing work by IHRB to highlight the range of human rights challenges associated with MSEs and point to emerging and creative solutions from around the world on how they can be addressed.
The toolboxes are a dynamic repository of resources that offers an extensive set of reference materials for practice and that draws attention to emerging issues. Choose a toolbox to explore these carefully selected resources.
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Investment related Standards and State-Investor Contract toolboxes are currently available.
First tool to quantify water-realted risks for all industries in all countries.
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The Water Risk Filter generates a score based on the physical, regulatory and reputational risk related to water in basins around the world. It also includes an extensive risk-mitigation toolbox, allowing the user to reference relevant case studies demonstrating actions to improve water management.
Requisite Variety’s Design with Intent toolkit is a collection of design patterns, or ‘gambits’, for influencing user behaviour through design.
it’s applicable across product, service, interaction and architectural design, aimed at socially and environmentally beneficial behaviour change. The patterns are drawn from a range of disciplines, and are phrased as questions or provocations to enable the toolkit’s use as both a brainstorming tool and a guide for exploring the field of design for behaviour change.
Enlightened businesses are seeking to future-proof themselves over the long term by aiming to decouple business growth from increasing environmental and social damage, eliminate negative impacts, or even generate restorative/net-positive impacts. The purpose of this report is to highlight green game-changing innovations that are flowing to and from Asia, to inspire and trigger action by firms in the west.
[Report] In The Business Opportunity of Closed Loop Innovation, Kingfisher highlights several case studies that demonstrate its progress toward its Net Positive goal and shows other businesses how they can also make progress through closed-loop innovation. The report includes a 7-point guide for closing the loop in retail products along with several real-world examples. The report also includes a series of initiatives through which the company is enabling others in closed loop innovation.
The IBE SAy No Toolkit is a decision making tool that has been designed to help organizations encourage employees to make the right decision in difficult situations. It delivers immediate guidance on a wide range of common business issues, especially those that could lead to accusations of bribery.