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The Water Risk Filter

The Water Risk Filter | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

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.

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Design with Intent toolkit | Requisite Variety

Design with Intent toolkit | Requisite Variety | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

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.

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Green Game-Changers Report - WWF - 2013 | Sustainable Brands

Green Game-Changers Report - WWF - 2013 | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
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.
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CBD: Information on Biological diversity

CBD: Information on Biological diversity | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

This Information Centre provides an overview of the major sources of information made available on the Convention on Biological Diversity

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Kingfisher: The Business Opportunity of Closed Loop Innovation | Sustainable Brands

Kingfisher: The Business Opportunity of Closed Loop Innovation | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
[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.
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Institute of Business Ethics: Say No Toolkit

Institute of Business Ethics: Say No Toolkit | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
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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.

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Policy documents and recommendations / Repository / Stop Childlabour / Home - Ontwikkelingsorganisatie Hivos

Policy documents and recommendations / Repository / Stop Childlabour / Home - Ontwikkelingsorganisatie Hivos | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

Here you will find policy documents and recommendations of the Stop Child Labour campaign.

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UNICEF: Children Are Everyone’s Business Workbook 2.0

UNICEF: Children Are Everyone’s Business Workbook 2.0 | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

Children Are Everyone’s Business: Workbook 2.0’ is a comprehensive tool designed to guide companies through the ongoing process of learning about and integrating children’s rights into business policies and management processes. It follows and builds on the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, which were developed through consultations led by UNICEF, Save the Children and the United Nations Global Compact, and provides practical guidance for implementing the Principles.

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New online tool provides insight into international corporate responsibility instruments — SOMO

New online tool provides insight into international corporate responsibility instruments — SOMO | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
SOMO launches a new online tool that compares three corporate responsibility instruments and shows the most important overlaps or distinctions between them.
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en | Anti-Corruption Tools Inventory

en | Anti-Corruption Tools Inventory | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

Anti-Corruption Tools Inventory: The inventory consists of existing anti-corruption tools and resources presented in alphabetical order that companies can easily review and access. The tools included in the inventory are meant to offer guidance and assistance to companies in their fight against bribery and corruption and can all be accessed free of charge or at a token amount. Each tool includes a short description, including purpose, the types of corruption the tool addresses, target audience, functionality and key content.

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Engineering the Circular Economy

Engineering the Circular Economy | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

In this series, we will be looking at various aspects of engineering the circular economy, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view, by examining the thinking behind innovative systemic approaches and real-life applications....

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Sustainability-Drive Innovation: Focusing on green can help companies design better products and processes

Sustainability-Drive Innovation: Focusing on green can help companies design better products and processes | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

Until recently, green initiatives were a peripheral activity for most businesses. Companies pursued sustainability either because they wanted to be good corporate citizens, or because their customers demanded it. And in many cases, perception mattered more than performance. But now, more and more companies are discovering that focusing on green can actually help them develop better products and smarter ways of working. In other words, they aren’t just using green to differentiate their brand perception — they are using it to drive innovation that helps differentiate the real-world performance of their products and services.

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Biomimicry webinar: Looking to Nature for Organizational Inspiration & Innovation | Sustainable Brands

Biomimicry webinar: Looking to Nature for Organizational Inspiration & Innovation | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
This webinar will offer specific examples from living systems to give you fresh ideas for creating whole systems innovation in your work -- engaging the three necessary levels of the
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Energy Trumps - The Agency of Design

Energy Trumps - The Agency of Design | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
Energy Trumps are a deck of cards that visualise the environmental properties of 45 selected materials.
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Use our methods

Use our methods | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
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
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Community Engagement

Community Engagement | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

This toolkit is one of two mining guides written to help Canadian exploration, development and small producing companies start off on the right foot with community engagement and sustainability.

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2014 Environmental Performance Index

2014 Environmental Performance Index | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
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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.

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Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) | Sustainable Technology Research | US EPA

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).

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The Alchemy of Sustainability: 5 Forces That Will Drive More Meaning, Growth and Impact in 2014 | Sustainable Brands

The Alchemy of Sustainability: 5 Forces That Will Drive More Meaning, Growth and Impact in 2014 | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

Economic, environmental and social values that will bring new opportunities for business and society, and five forces that will advance a more sustainable marketplace.

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UNICEF: Children's Rights in Policies and Codes of Conduct

UNICEF: Children's Rights in Policies and Codes of Conduct | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

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.

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The SB Library - Get Inspired, Engaged & Equipped! | Sustainable Brands

The SB Library - Get Inspired, Engaged & Equipped! | Sustainable Brands | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
Sustainable Brands digital library of research reports, videos, slideshows, webinars and more
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Sustainability’s Next Frontier | MIT Sloan Management Review

Sustainability’s Next Frontier | MIT Sloan Management Review | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

In this 2013 report, new research by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group looks at companies that “walk the talk” in addressing significant sustainability concerns. So-called “Walkers” focus heavily on five fronts: sustainability strategy, business case, measurement, business model innovation and leadership commitment. For them, addressing significant sustainability issues has become a core strategic imperative and a way to mitigate threats and identify new opportunities..”

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Executive Report: Sustainability through Partnerships

Executive Report: Sustainability through Partnerships | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
This report answers the question: What best practices enable firms to collaborate with other organizations to advance sustainable business? Collaboration is one of the keys […]
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New Guide Helps Companies Report Their Climate Policy Positions

New Guide Helps Companies Report Their Climate Policy Positions | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it

The Guide to Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive, constructive input for Governments to create effective climate policies. It helps companies to connect the dots between sustainability commitments, such as emissions reductions across their value chains and efficiency improvements, with their corporate policy positions.

 

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Digital Dangers: Identifying and Mitigating Threats to Human Rights in the Digital Realm - IHRB Programmes

Digital Dangers: Identifying and Mitigating Threats to Human Rights in the Digital Realm - IHRB Programmes | Sustainability resources for smart business | Scoop.it
“Digital Dangers: Identifying and Mitigating Threats in the Digital Realm” is a new initiative being developed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) in collaboration with the School of Law at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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