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Know Your Investor

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An important step in understanding who you are as an investor is knowing how much risk you are willing to take. Every investment has some amount of risk. The higher the potential return, the higher the risk. There is no such thing as a high return, risk-free investment, so if you want higher returns you have to be prepared to take on the risks that go along with them.

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Good Jobs Diagnostic

Template / Workbook | Free

The Good Jobs Strategy Diagnostic is a survey that identifies which elements of the Good Jobs Strategy your company already practices and where you can improve. It is... Read More

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New Business Models Blueprint

Framework | Free | Mar 01, 2016

Information and reporting demands for new business models. A green & inclusive economy requires the emergence of new business models that are fit-for-purpose in... Read More

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Good Jobs Scorecard

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The Good Jobs Scorecard shows how well your company is delivering value to customers, employees, and investors. You can use this scorecard to clarify financial,... Read More

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4-Part Startup Financing Workbooks

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Four-part series covering business planning and financing, designed specifically for technology and life sciences companies.

Environmental Management System (EMS) An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a holistic strategy and process to identify, track and manage the environmental impacts of... Read More

Focus on cross-enterprise qualitative data collection and team communication. Ability to visualize stakeholder relationships and focus on key commitments.

Use this report if you are a: Sustainability manager wanting to improve your organization’s sustainability reporting process and outcomes, and to put sustainability on... Read More

The Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE) is a single entry point for data and information on biodiversity supporting the implementation of the EU strategy and... Read More

Utilizes key business metrics to determine the return on investment of corporate sustainability activities. The Model & Toolkit offer companies a simple and direct... Read More

United Nations Global Compact - UNGC Contains inspiration and recommendations for Boards of Directors on adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability.Global trends... Read More

The CDSB Climate Change Reporting Framework is a voluntary reporting framework designed to elicit climate change-related information of value to investors in mainstream... Read More

Environmental and social issues are disruptive forces that companies—led by their boards—must keep at the forefront when assessing their business strategy. Today’s... Read More

Since the beginning of the sustainability context conversation, we have seen the introduction of various methodologies, frameworks, tools, and ideas that aim to support the... Read More

Your company’s commitment to sustainability depends on finding sustainable suppliers. What if there aren’t any? Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term... Read More

How Your Company Can Advance Each of the SDGsResponsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change... Read More

Explores how sustainability pressures are transforming the ways we all work, live, and compete. As a part of the annual study by MIT Sloan Management Review's... Read More

A webinar conversation with GlobeScan, Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and Unilever on how business can invest in women to lead on the SDGs.

This tool will help companies to meet their corporate responsibilities to respect human rights in the labour rights context, and report against these obligations. It sets... Read More

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This article provides a sustainability business case for the 21st century corporate executive and includes examples of how sustainability benefits the bottom line.

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Sustainability _ as a conceptual framework for the organization of priorities and allocation of resources _ provides a unique platform for reducing costs, identifying and... Read More

Learn to develop a successful employee engagement strategy building initiatives based on the varying interests, motivations, and constraints of your workforce.

Entrepreneurship is challenging in all cases, and raising capital can be especially difficult. For sustainability-oriented entrepreneurs who aspire to realize a positive... Read More

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CDP’s Climate Questionnaire

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Climate change information request Climate change questionnaire for companies disclosing to this year's investor request.  

Full-text (PDF) | Most companies are currently not setting the emissions targets necessary to meet the global goal of a 2⁰C temperature increase from pre-indust...

The Better Cotton initiative aims to improve the livelihood and economic development in cotton producing areas, reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and... Read More

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Sustainable Portfolio Management Guide

Framework | Free | Mar 12, 2017

This SPM Reference Guide is an easy-to-use guide for applying the SPM tool, improving your sustainability performance and creating more value for your business.  The SPM... Read More

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The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability is a resource to help companies re-engineer themselves for success in a world beset with unprecedented environmental and social... Read More

Water Stewardship is good for the planet, good for people, and good for business.Water poses one of the most vital sustainable development challenges of our time.Water... Read More

What is the burden upon your feet? With sales of running and jogging shoes in the world averaging a nontrivial 25 billion shoes per year, or 34 million per day, the impact... Read More

Showcases core business solutions to address global challenges. This compilation of case examples features Global Compact LEAD companies that have taken action to advance... Read More

Climate Policy Tracker - For Business (version 1.0)Explore how the Paris Agreement is impacting your business. Search climate regulation based on industry or country.The... Read More

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This tool allows a user to investigate the historical variability of precipitation and temperature at various time scales over the 20th century near a user-selected location.

Use this framework to discover and document climate hazards, then develop workable solutions to lower climate-related risks.Looking for climate data? Need to compile a... Read More

Stretch the sustainability ambitions of your executive team. The Breakthrough Pitch is designed to help you stretch the sustainability ambitions of your company. Its... Read More

In 1992 the IPCC released emission scenarios to be used for driving global circulation models to develop climate change scenarios. The so-called IS92 scenarios were... Read More

Jason Jay & Gabriel Grant share clear-cut and actionable pathways for having difficult conversations about polarizing issues in pursuit of a better world.

ARIES redefines ecosystem services assessment and valuation in decision-making. The ARIES approach to mapping benefits, beneficiaries, and service flows is a powerful new... Read More

Primary Functions:Learn how companies can adapt to climate change through a collection of case examples, including some related to waterHighlights the benefits for... Read More

Illustrates how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. In... Read More

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The Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs aims to inspire all business — regardless of size, sector, or geography — to take leading action in support of the... Read More

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Investor Water Toolkit

Suite of Tools | Free | Dec 01, 2017

The Investor Water Toolkit is the first-ever comprehensive resource to evaluate and act on water risks in investment portfolios. This ‘how-to’ guide includes links to... Read More

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BREEAM Communities

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Template / Workbook | Paid

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

This is a tool for improving, measuring and certifying the sustainability of large-scale development plans. It provides a framework to support planners, local authorities,... Read More

This report shows how frontrunners are improving the environmental performance of their value chain, and how they are adopting innovative business models which could reduce... Read More

Guides the hundreds of individuals who are now completing due diligence on carbon pricing of behalf of their companies. It has been shaped by input from dozens of such... Read More

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Supply chain sustainability is increasingly recognized as a key generator of business value and an important element of strong corporate responsibility performance.

The aim of this module is to assist forest managers, forest policymakers and decision-makers, urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, private landowners and other... Read More

The SDGs cannot be achieved without the firm commitment of the private sector to work with government and civil society to come up with the solutions and investments needed... Read More

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Accounting Blueprint

Framework | Free | Feb 29, 2016

How can accounting and corporate finance be transformed to serve a new purpose? How can it serve a multi-capital green and inclusive economy definition of success and... Read More

The 43-page ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management contains a step-by-step road map for continuous improvement, based on best practices from the nation's leaders in... Read More

This manual provides step-wise guidance and recommendations on setting SBTs. It covers the main phases in setting an SBT, from understanding the business benefits of... Read More

The Definitive Sustainability Certification Program for Commercial TextilesFacts was developed to recognize contract textiles that conform to the rigors of the... Read More

Use this calculator to figure out the volume of waste that your building will generate. See how reducing waste generation, increasing waste diversion and using volume... Read More

Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging... Read More

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Higg Index

Framework | Free | Dec 26, 2014

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The Higg Index is the core driver of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). This groundbreaking suite of self-assessment tools empowers brands, retailers and facilities... Read More

The SDG Resource Centre showcases the latest in science, law, business, events and more that can help drive forward the SDGs, drawing on content from across the whole of... Read More

Provides an overview of the current and potential role of institutional investors, companies, banks and foundations in the design and implementation of a financing strategy... Read More

Outlines common supply chain corruption scenarios and provides a framework and set of tools for addressing them. This resource was updated in 2016.

What if we could turn a pollutant—CO2 in the atmosphere—into a valuable resource that can fuel our economy?   A new carbon economy is urgently needed to develop new... Read More

Index and ESG data that cover measures of diversity, inclusion and people development for 5000+ publicly listed companies.

This series of toolkits presents an effective and efficient process to address water risks, including long-term water stresses that constrain social and economic... Read More

At Root Capital, leaders are using ideas from mainstream financial analysis to calibrate the role that subsidies play in their investing practice.

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Data Blueprint

Framework | Free | May 30, 2017

The Data Blueprint proposes a general specification for data architecture and information systems to accurately measure progress toward financial, economic, social and... Read More

An assessment tool that enables companies and civil society partners to understand corporate impacts on multi-dimensional poverty. As a tool to help implement the SDGs, the... Read More

Understand international and legal trends related to the human rights to water and sanitationIdentify potential synergies between respecting human rights and existing water... Read More

The Global Climate Action Playbook 2018 is a practical toolkit for business outlining high-level policy updates, outlook on key climate actions and the arc of ambition, and... Read More

This report is a first step towards a uniform mechanism for business to report on their contribution to and impact on the SDGs in an effective and comparable way. It... Read More

Energy Use & Greehouse Gas Introduction Energy production and energy use are the largest man-made sources of air pollution and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The... Read More

This paper provides an investor perspective on the value to investors and companies of the current shareholder proposal process under SEC Rule 14a-8. It was prepared by... Read More

This guidance was developed through a consensus process by the SAC’s Metrics Working Group, and conforms to international standards (the ISO 14040 and 14020 series). It is... Read More

The BizNGO Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol is a decision framework for substituting chemicals of concern to human health or the environment with safer... Read More

Humanity has an urgent need to fight climate change, and businesses can play a key role in doing so. But we recognize that, in many businesses, resources are often... Read More

Developed as an EU-wide framework of core sustainability indicators for office and residential buildings, Level(s) is an Assessment Framework Aiming to Transform the... Read More

Design Strategies and Case Studies for a Zero-Waste City The Zero Waste Design Guidelines address the crucial role that design plays in achieving NYC’s ambitious goal,... Read More

Responding to the invitation by the Human Rights Council for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations... Read More

The Scope 2 Guidance standardizes how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat and cooling (called “scope 2 emissions”). The... Read More

A report for the global leadership award in sustainable apparel.There is an urgent environmental, human and business case for accelerating water management improvements in... Read More

As the first of a series of activities that aim to provide valuable insights into the global research landscape surrounding the United Nations Sustainable Development... Read More

IPIECA has developed this Overview of methodologies for estimating petroleum industry value chain (Scope 3) greenhouse gas emissions to provide information on approaches... Read More

GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is a method for comparative chemical hazard assessment that builds on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for Environment... Read More

The Planet Textiles annual event on sustainability was first launched in Hong Kong in 2009. The issues of water availability, water conservation in wet processing,... Read More

The AAFA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Benchmarking Survey Report provides AAFA member companies with a barometer of how its company's CSR programs compare to the... Read More

Take a look at what you are required to contribute and how you will benefit from becoming a “Kick Starter.” The best part is that your contributions will not only make you... Read More

Chemical hazard assessment to identify and prioritize chemical substances for possible replacement with safer alternatives is increasingly required by retailers, brands,... Read More

To be able to fulfill high market expectations for a number of practical applications, EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) have to meet and comply with specific and... Read More

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The GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations preparing a corporate-level GHG... Read More

ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to... Read More

Learn how to think differently with the ReFrame tool. Reframing is a four-step process to rethink and generate creative approaches for life and work. ReFrame is based on... Read More

The SB Business Design Framework is a business tool for individuals and companies building, evaluating and/or redesigning a for-profit company, product, nonprofit... Read More

True pricing is a new business methodology that makes it possible to better measure and manage these externalities. Ultimately, it allows companies to restore trust and... Read More

This paper provides social entrepreneurs with an introduction to the field of scenario planning as it is a tool for organizational strategy and a way to engage other actors... Read More

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Value Proposition Canvas

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The Value Proposition Canvas helps you tackle a core challenge of every business ' creating compelling products and services customers want to buy.

This grid aims to inspire businesses to reconceive how they operate and to become more future proof. To grab the opportunities of a sustainable future, innovations need to... Read More

In a disruptive age, established business models are under attack. Discover how incumbent companies can reframe them.

The Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.

The idea of business model innovation ' that a company could launch a new business model never conceived of before, or transform an existing business model ' has long... Read More

Reverse Innovation shows leaders and senior managers how to make innovation in emerging markets happen, and how such innovations can unlock opportunities throughout the world.

The purpose of the research presented was to:Develop a framework suitable for use by the Institute and stakeholders, to determine the impacts of the pursuit of Cradle to... Read More

While the increasing number of companies embracing the Cradle to Cradle concept and the fast-growing number of certified products are important measures of success, until... Read More

This report is about how we can improve societies' capacities to solve their problems. It is about old and new methods for mobilizing the ubiquitous intelligence that... Read More

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The result of a research project undertaken to better understand how some corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are investing in deals that provide both financial return as... Read More

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The Embedding Project has prepared a curated selection of the most relevant tools and resources to help you better embed sustainability into your company. You can view a... Read More

This Toolbox is a collection of guidance documents, discussion papers, online tools, and other resources that can help your company build its water stewardship practice. It... Read More

There are many textile standards on paper - but on most products they are missing. And not all label guarantee environmentally friendly standards for the entire production... Read More

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Businesses around the world are realizing that harmonizing business practices with environmental stewardship is not only the right thing it to do, it is also good business.

Variations in social compliance and environmental compliance standards, audit process and methodology as well as requirements for auditing competence make it difficult for... Read More

C-ROADS is a free, award-winning computer simulator that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use... Read More

The GSCP Reference Tools compile best corporate practices for managing sustainable supply chains.This tool, the GSCP Reference Code, sets out best industry codes of conduct... Read More

It is a social impact (and potential impact) assessment technique that aims to assess the social and socioeconomic aspects of products and their potential positive and... Read More

This publication helps to relate the social responsibility guidance given in ISO 26000 to the reporting guidance provided by GRI. In particular, this publication provides... Read More

The Model is a tool developed by ELEVATE to help identify the management practices that will improve efforts to responsibly source private label products. The Model is only... Read More

The Recycled ClaimStandard (RCS) is an international, voluntarystandard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycledinput and chain of custody.The goal... Read More

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third -party certification of Recycled Content, chain of... Read More

The Goal of the Content Claim Standard (CCS) is to ensure the accuracy of content claims. The CCS accomplishes this goal by verifying the presence and amount of a given raw... Read More

The issue of business model innovation for sustainability is becoming increasingly relevant for fashion companies. This paper investigates how the resell of a fashion... Read More

The Implementation Guidelines complement the GSCP environmental Reference Requirements by giving guidance to sites as to how to reach the required level. It is designed for... Read More

Ultbook is a an comprehensive, fill-in-the-blanks Excel workbook, with just-in-time guidance for values to plug in. It provides a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis... Read More

The GSCP Reference tool on supply chain Social Performance Management Systems (SPMS) has been developed by and for buying organisations (retailers and manufacturers) to... Read More

As we rethink our relationship with fashion, a big part of the evolution involves considering the many features of a piece of clothing beyond how it looks. The future of... Read More

This report assesses the worldwide prospects of the leather and leather products industry in the coming decade. It examines the major underlying trends of recent years and... Read More

A study reflecting on the main global consumer trends with special attention to the key changes for the footwear industry and the foreseeable impacts on companies, brands... Read More

This paper examines the impact of two crises on the global apparel value chain: the World Trade Organization phase-out of the quota system for textiles and apparel in 2005,... Read More

Mistra future fashion is a research program on circular economy and serves for a future positive fashion industry it holds uniquely a system perspective and operates cross... Read More

The purpose of Cotton 2040 is to facilitate greater collective action within the cotton industry to enable sustainable cotton to shift from niche product to mainstream... Read More

The Responsible Wool Standard requires that each stage of wool production is certified against the requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS), up to the seller in the... Read More

An overview of the cotton market and the solutions available to improve sustainability. A step-by-step approach to building a more sustainable textile supply chain. We will... Read More

This list includes stores specializing in natural textiles, supermarkets, retailers for sustainable goods, fashion boutiques as well as factory outlets. The list includes... Read More

Here are contacts to companies that have certified as IVN BEST or NATURLEDER. The individual quality seal logo displayed under each entry delineates which certification the... Read More

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The BioPreferred... Read More

Space Between is a new green business model for fashion design which acts as a platform for social innovation and enterprise. Developed by Massey University's School of... Read More

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Thredup

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thredUP is the easiest way to shop and sell high-quality secondhand clothes.ShopShop the brands you love at up to 90% off every day. Experience the thrill of the find with... Read More

The following document provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and describes the general uses and major components of LCA. This document is an... Read More

The Chemicals Management Module (CMM), developed by the OIA Chemicals Management Working Group, is organized around seven primary objectives; three levels of performance... Read More

This article investigates the every-day street-level practice of green public procurement (GPP) in Sweden, a country with one of the most decentralised systems of public... Read More

The research presented in the thesis and the two papers intends to improve LCA methodology and practice so that use and emissions of textile chemicals can be included in... Read More

In May 2013, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in collaboration with GfK (Growth from Knowledge), conducted a global expert study on sustainable fashion, which is... Read More

The paper is based on a training programme given to researchers in the Textiles Environment Design (TED) project at the University of the Arts London (UAL). The programme... Read More

Whilst some fashion brands limit their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy to monitoring workingconditions in their suppliers’ factories, this project asks how a... Read More

The Social Responsibility Toolkit is a guidebook with tools and resources ranging from basic to advanced that can be adapted to suit any company or supplier to create and... Read More

The present study aims to change consumer awareness and inspire behavioural change. In particular, we aim to reduce discarding of clothes and extend life of garments among... Read More

The report considers and summarises policy suggestions and proposals that range from specific to broad brush proposals. The material assessed includes academic research,... Read More

Through this guide , we share what companies can do to create the enabling conditions for the payment of living wages, in line with their commitment to the ETI Base Code.... Read More

This report aims to reposition the debate on living wages for companies within global supply chains. Instead of asking ‘how can I calculate living wage levels in my supply... Read More

This introductory guide has been developed by the Ethical Trading Initiative to support internal teams to begin the process of integrating ethical trade principles into... Read More

This guidance takes buyers and suppliers through each of the steps involved in the procedure for collective consultation, from preparation through to implementation.1 It... Read More

This is an ongoing series of briefing notes about the lessons we are learning from our supply chain programme work. It is aimed at practitioners who are doing or planning... Read More

This guide was designed for the sustainability, brand and marketing teams of our Sustainability LifestyleS Frontier Group (SLFG) member companies. The insights are based on... Read More

The purpose of this paper is to explore current barriers and opportunities for sustainability in the fashion industry. The paper is based on a study among 36 fashion... Read More

Mainstream consumers are starting to look for products with environmental and social benefits, in addition to traditional benefits linked to functionality and brand.... Read More

Despite the growing interest on the part of proponents and opponents - ranging from business,civil society, media, to policy-makers alike - there is still limited knowledge... Read More

The purpose of this paper is to study the reuse and recycling of garments from the fashion industry's perspective. Through multiple case studies the paper maps the emerging... Read More

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The Model is a tool for retail sustainability executives to identify the management practices that will drive improved corporate and environmental performance.The Model is... Read More

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The Capability Maturity Model or Framework is about communication and training on organization of life cycle management in global value chains.

The Model Worksheet allows you to document your existing practices, opportunities for growth, next steps, and owners of those next steps. You will designate the practices... Read More

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) manufactures, sells and distributes Coca-Cola products across eight countries in Western Europe. “The Paris Climate Change Agreement provides a... Read More

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EPRI Maturity Model

Other | Paid | Jan 01, 2014

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This report details the initial phase of development of the Electric Power Sustainability Maturity Model (EPSMM). This phase of development defined the structure of the... Read More

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The key to successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma lies in knowing where the organization needs to be in the future. At the same time, it is equally important that... Read More

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The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help business managers identify, measure, and value impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The Protocol... Read More

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The toolkits are designed to facilitate decision-making by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers along the value chain, with an emphasis on impact and improving product... Read More

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Vision 2050 outlines a pathway to reach a sustainable global society by 2050, in which the earth’s 9 billion people live well and within the limits of the planet. The... Read More