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The overall scope and direction of a corporation and the way in which its various business operations work together to achieve particular goals.
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Know Your Investor

32 Resources

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.


Business Case Resources

26 Resources

Resources that will help you make the case for why your organization should get behind a particular initiative.


Business Model Innovation Grid

Plan C

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

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Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere

Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimbl

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.

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Using scenarios for collaborative sense-making and action in food systems: opportunities for social entrepreneurs

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

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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Supporting your CEO and their Decision-Making around Sustainability

Embedding Project

This report comprehensively covers research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk,  Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, and Esther Speck. It enables the... Read More

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RILA’S 2017 Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

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 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

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

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The Business Case for Water Stewardship

CEO Water Mandate

Learn why Water Stewardship is important for BusinessThis resource offers a 60 second video on water stewardship, and in addition provides a summary of:- the worsening... Read More

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Breede Catchment Water Stewardship Programme – Summary Report (2016)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Learn about successes and key lessons learnt during 2015 and 2016 from the water-related projects in the upper Breede catchment in the Western Cape of South AfricaThis 50... Read More

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CEO Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGsThe World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched the... Read More

Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts (2010)

CEO Water Mandate

Learn about different early methods for accounting for water-related performance, risks, and impacts.

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Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

Determine what water-related topics are relevant to your businessCommunicate and report water risks, impacts, and practices to key stakeholders

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From Footprint to Public Policy – The Business Future for Addressing Water Issues (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Understand basis for corporate action to advance sustainable water management “beyond the fenceline”.This paper illustrates an emerging “roadmap” of water risk... Read More

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Introducing: Out of Fashion

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Article introducing “Out of Fashion”. With this campaign, RAN is bringing attention to a growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities -- a threat... Read More

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The Global Opportunity Explorer

Sustainia, DNV GL, and the UN Global Compact

The Global Opportunity Explorer is a platform which offers direct access to the most innovative solutions and market opportunities.Rooted in over five years of research... Read More

Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (2015)

CEO Water Mandate

This new guidance tool from the CEO Water Mandate and Shift (https://www.shiftproject.org/) helps companies (particularly heavy water users) translate their responsibility... Read More

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Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (2016)

Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, International Tourism Partnership

Primary Functions:The Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI) is a methodology and tool to enable hotels measure and report on water use in a consistent way. It was... Read More

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Identifying and Assessing Water Sources (2014) - DOWNLOAD

IPIECA

Primary Functions:Select water sources that best meet project needs within the broader context of local or regional water managementThis guide presents a systematic process... Read More

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The Textile Exchange Responsible Down Standard: What it Does, and What You Can Do

Textile Exchange Standards

The down and feather used for insulation in consumer products is sourced from worldwide production and processing supply chains. As a result, retailers and consumers are... Read More

Cotton 2040: The Scenarios

Forum of the Future

Cotton 2040 brings together stakeholders from across the globe to integrate existing efforts and speed up the shift to a sustainable cotton industry. Its four scenarios... Read More

Clean by Design Initiative

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC’s Green Supply Chain Initiative to Clean up the Fashion Industry. The cornerstone of Clean by Design is a set of Ten Best Practices for textile mills that are... Read More

CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies

Fiber Technologies International, Inc

Natural fiber producer CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies launched a groundbreaking new policy in which it pledges to only source agricultural residues to create next-generation... Read More

Fixing Fashion Framework

Jess Berentson-Shaw - huffingtonpost

Drawing on this model from health we can propose a framework for fixing fashion - a framework where solutions to achieve a sustainable fashion industry (both those that are... Read More

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Out of Fashion - Stop Fashion from grinding up forests to make clothes

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Stand with RAN as we demand the fashion industry address the growing global threat to forests, animals and Indigenous communities of dissolving pulp.  Rain-forests are... Read More

State of the Apparel Sector Report on Water

Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA), The Sustainable Business Group for the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA)

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

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Review of Water Risk Tools. Guidance Document for the Oil and Gas Industry (2013)

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

Primary Functions:Select the most appropriate water risk tools for your oil and gas company’s business needsThis guidance document provides a summary and explanation of... Read More

Southeast Asia Apparel Water Action – Summary Report (2011)

CEO Water Mandate, UN Environment Programme

Primary Functions:Learn good practices for water management in the apparel sector

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Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Understand the nature of water challenges in conflict and high-risk areasGain insight into how these challenges affect business and societyThis report... Read More

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Water Footprint Assessment (2012)

Water Footprint Network

Primary Functions:Inform “big picture” strategic planningIdentify at what stage within the value chain the water footprint is in a hotspotBuild awareness among public

Water Management in Mining: A Selection of Case Studies (2012)

International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Learn about effective water stewardship practices  in the mining & metals industry from real-life examplesThe mining and metals industry has developed... Read More

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United Nations Global Compact 2018 Toolbox

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Explore the UNGC's extensive 2018 Toolbox to see how our new tools, resources and activities can help you achieve your sustainability goals and find the right UN Global... Read More

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C-ROADS Climate Change Policy Simulator

Climate Interactive

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 Content Claim Standard

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

Designing for Sustainability

Zady

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

Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra

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

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Toolkit Supply Chain Certification

Textile Exchange

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

Solution paper: From cotton to counter

ChainPoint

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

The Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business

Cradle to Cradle Certified

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

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Basic Criteria for Award of the Environmental Label Textiles RAL-UZ 154 Blue Angel - DOWNLOAD

Blue Angel Environmental Label

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

Purchasing guide - Retail outlets

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

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

The Business Benefits of Sustainability

Everblu

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.

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Business Model Canvas

Strategyzer

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

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Unlocking Capital for Sustainability-Oriented Ventures: 7 Key Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

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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Sustainability Advantage Ultbook

Sustainability Advantage

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

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The Water Risk Filter

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Water, or the lack of it, can directly affect companies’ profitability and, in turn, investor confidence. In the worst cases, poor water management can force closure or... Read More

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 1: Concepts, Principles and Goals Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This document describes the Future-Fit Goals that all companies must strive to reach. It also explains why these goals are required, how they were derived, and how to get... Read More

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A Practical Perspective on Managing Water-Related Business Risk and Opportunities in the Beverage Sector (2012)

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)

Assess water risks and opportunities given specific circumstances of the beverage industryIn this document, BIER shares its collective experience and illustrates how the... Read More

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Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure

CDP

By 2030 global demand for water will exceed supply by 40%. What does this mean for business and climate action? Find out more in CDP’s Thirsty business report.Now in its... Read More

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Pulse of the Fashion Industry

Global Fashion Agenda and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

This first edition of the Report on the Pulse of the Fashion Industry exposes the challenges in a number of sustainability impact areas and along the industry’s value... Read More

Conversion of leather wastes to useful products

Onur Yılmaz, I. Cem Kantarli, Mithat Yuksel, Mehmet Saglam and Jale Yanik.

The main objective of the present study is to investigate the production of useful materials from different kinds of leather waste. Three different types of tannery wastes... Read More

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Fashion forward: Innovations drive sustainable clothing

Anna Clark

Tips for integrating sustainability into apparel. Talks about design, manufacturing and transportation plus provides a list of helpful tools and apps. 

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Accumulation of Microplastic on Shorelines Woldwide: Sources and Sinks

Mark Anthony Browne, Phillip Crump, Stewart J. Niven, Emma Teuten, Andrew Tonkin, Tamara Galloway, and Richard Thompson

Plastic debris <1 mm (defined here as microplastic) is accumulating in marine habitats. Ingestion of microplastic provides a potential pathway for the transfer of... Read More

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Textile dyeing industry an environmental hazard

Rita Kant

Color is the main attraction of any fabric. No matter how excellent its constitution, if unsuitably colored it is bound to be a failure as a commercial fabric. Manufacture... Read More

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The Sustainability Fundamentals - Fashion

The Sustainable Fashion Academy

The Sustainability Fundamentals course provides the knowledge and tools you need to address your sustainability challenges. A largely self-driven course with built in... Read More

Zero Waste Textile Initiative to Keep Apparel, Footwear, Linens Out of the Landfill

City and County of San Francisco

The Zero Waste Textile Initiative encouraging residents and businesses to recycle unwanted apparel, footwear and other textiles at an event at Westfield San Francisco... Read More

Hotel Water Measurement Initiative Methodology & Tool (2016)

International Tourism Partnership

Primary Functions:Allows hotel managers to calculate the amount of water used per occupied room (and per guest night, where data are available) and per area of meeting... Read More

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International Water Stewardship Standard & Guidance (2014)

Alliance for Water Stewardship

Primary Functions:Commit to, understand, plan, implement, evaluate, and communicate water stewardship actions at facility-levelThe AWS International Water Stewardship... Read More

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IWRM Data Portal (2015)

UNEP-DHI Partnership

Primary Functions:Examine the progress of IWRM implementation within the individual countries and track the global progress towards better management of  water... Read More

Local Water Tool (2012)

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Primary Functions:Quantify water-related impacts caused by facilityQuantify facility’s exposure to water-related riskIdentify helpful management responseGEMI Local Water... Read More

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Natural Infrastructure for Business Platform (2015)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Make the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, including healthy river basins and wetlandsThe Natural Infrastructure for Business... Read More

MySTeP by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® is a database strengthening your textile supply community. The database can be accessed worldwide from any location. As the central database of... Read More

CO - Common Objective

CO - Common Objective

At CO, our mission is simple. We're dedicated to supporting fashion people to do better business. Better for people, better for profits and better for the planet. That's... Read More

Forest-Friendly Alternative Fabrics

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

RAN looked into a number of different fabrics and  found that there are also a few fabrics that are gentler on the earth.  Examples include:  Hemp, Ramie, Jute, Linen,... Read More

EcoMetrics for Textiles

Colour Connections

An online tool that measures the EDUs (environmental damage units) of textiles. Eco-metrics is a simple tool devised to calculate the environmental impact of the different... Read More

Detox Catwalk 2016 – Performance Results of Selected Apparel Companies

Greenpeace

Document providing further detail on companies analyzed and their performance in detoxing their apparel and footwear products.  Companies covered include Adidas, Levis,... Read More

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Post-2015 Agenda and Related Sustainable Development Goals Issue Focus: Water & Sanitation and the Role of Business (2014)

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Primary Functions:Gain insight into the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the role of business in advancing core policy goals related to water and sanitationThis issue brief... Read More

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WASH in the Workplace Self-Assessment Tool (2014) - DOWNLOAD (.XLSX)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Assess the current status of access to safe WASH at the workplace in a given facilitySupport decision-making regarding investments and priority actionsThe... Read More

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A SNAPSHOT OF CHANGE: One Year of Fashion Loved by Forests

Canopy Style

Two years ago, the issue of ancient forests disappearing into fabric wasn’t really on anyone’s radar. One year ago, after significant research into the issue, Canopy... Read More

The Recycled Claim Standard

Textile Exchange

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

Cotton 2040: Proposals for cross-industry workstreams to mainstream sustainable cotton

Forum of the Future

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

Water Sustainability Tool

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Making the business case for pursuing a water strategy often involves comparing the benefits and costs of taking action. The lists below summarizes several major areas of... Read More

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Disrupting Beliefs: A New Approach to Business-Model Innovation

McKinsey

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

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ReFrame

THNK School of Creative Leadership

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

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The Business Case for True Pricing

True Price, Deloitte, EY, PWC

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

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Business Models for Sustainability

SustainAbility

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

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How to Become a B Corp

B Corporation

Tools and steps for becoming a B Corporation.

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Social innovation: what it is, why it matters & how it can be accelerated

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

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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RILA’S 2017 Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model (XLS) Worksheet - DOWNLOAD

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

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

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Science-Based Targets Case Study: Coca-Cola Enterprises

Science Based Targets

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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Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship (2012)

CEO Water Mandate

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

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Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

What Do “Water Scarcity”, “Water Stress”, and “Water Risk” Actually Mean?Understand the terms “water scarcity”, “water stress”, “water risk”, and how they relate to one... Read More

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Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets (2017)

CEO Water Mandate

Makes the case to develop guidance for companies seeking to employ meaningful water metrics and targetsThis discussion paper documents the initial thinking of CDP, UN... Read More

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Retail Sustainability Management Report - 2017

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

This report is aligned with a tool that RILA developed in 2015 called the Retail Sustainability Leadership Model. The report summarizes retailers' current progress along... Read More

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Sustainable cotton pilot project

Jim Steadman

Wrangler is partnering with a family of Alabama cotton growers on a pilot program to help U.S. cotton farmers achieve greater sustainable growing practices. The pilot... Read More

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Global Water Tool by WBCSD

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The WBCSD Global Water Tool (GWT) is a free online module that helps companies compare their water use, wastewater discharge, and facility information with validated... Read More

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Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy (2011)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF, Water Witness International, Pegasys

Primary Functions:Understand how poor water governance can undermine your businessLearn about the five core principles of responsible engagementDetermine how your company... Read More

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Guide to Water-Related Collective Action (2012)

CEO Water Mandate, Ross Strategic, Pegasys, Water Futures Partnership

Primary Functions:Understand the various types of engagement and collective action modelsDetermine when collective action is helpful and necessaryLearn how to prepare for... Read More

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Textile Calculator

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental

The Brown and Wilmanns Environmental Textile Environmental Calculator (BWE TEC) helps textile, apparel, and footwear companies deliver environmental performance to their... Read More

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Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Danish Fashion Institute

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world's most important conference on sustainability in fashion. It is a nonprofit biennial mega-event organized by Danish Fashion Institute.

Academic Leaders' Round Table

Danish Fashion Institute

Academic Leaders' Round Table sought to convene the most influential decision-makers from across fashion education, industry and non-governmental organizations for an... Read More

Responsible Wool Standard

Textile Exchange

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS is a tool to ensure that wool comes... Read More

RWS Farm Questions - DOWNLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

The purpose of the initial questions are to help prepare for the audit as well as collecting information to help measure the impact of the RWS. Responsible Wool.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is an independent textile label for highlighting consumer products and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile chain that are made... Read More

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in a sustainable textile production.The ECO... Read More

Yerdle Recommerce

Yerdle

We provide brands with the technology and logistics to develop white-label resale channels that take back control of the secondary market, deepening customer engagement and... Read More

2017 Ethical Fashion Report

Baptist World Aid Australia

The Ethical Fashion Report sheds light on what the industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. Each report – since... Read More

Private sector and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (2015)

Overseas Development Institute

Primary Functions:Learn how your company can engage in support of universal access to and use of WASHIdentify actionable to encourage catalytic forms of engagement between... Read More

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Global Water Tool for Oil and Gas

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

This customized version of the WBCSD Global Water Tool, which has been piloted by 15 global oil and gas companies, has been developed by IPIECA in collaboration with WBCSD... Read More

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Water Impact Index – WIIX (2012)

Veolia Water, Growing Blue

Primary Functions:Quantify the impact of companies’ water use and wastewater discharge on local water resources in terms of quality, quantity, and scarcity/stress.Given the... Read More

Water Scarcity Solutions (2015)

2030 Water Resources Group

Primary Functions:Learn about existing water risk solutions to inform your own approachesIn collaboration with Arup, WRG has developed a new web tool that compiles and... Read More

Water Stewardship Framework (2014)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Develop and implement a robust water stewardship approach specific to the mining & metals industryICMM’s Water stewardship framework outlines a common... Read More

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Helping Boards Face Climate Change

Ceres

Corporate secretaries and boards need to work together to ensure companies address climate change and other risks effectively. 

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Carbon Productivity Tool

The Carbon Productivity Consortium

The Carbon Productivity Tool is a prototype designed to help businesses identify how to measure carbon productivity, improve their performance by generating more value from... Read More

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The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability

BSR

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

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Value Proposition Canvas

Strategyzer

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

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The Social Blueprint Toolkit: Social Blueprint Business Design Framework

Impact Strategy Advisors

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

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Investing in Breakthrough CVC

Volans

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

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

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Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

World Resources Institute

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

Water Stewardship Toolbox

CEO Water Mandate

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

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Better Business, Better World: The Business Case for the Sustainable Development Goals (2017)

Business & Sustainable Development Commission

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched in Davos in January 2016, aims to map the economic prize that could be available to business if the UN... Read More

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Supply Chain Water Guidance for Responding Companies 2016

CDP

This document should be read by anyone responding to CDP’s 2016 supply chain information request,regardless of whether you have responded to CDP before. It contains... Read More

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Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

Learn about the global sanitation crisis and how it undermines business viabilityDetermine steps your company can promote improved access to sanitation at the workplace and... Read More

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Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Blueprint is a model for leadership within the Global Compact, designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It... Read More

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The Circular Fibres Initiative

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Circular Fibres Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to build a circular economy for textiles, starting with clothing. This group will attempt to create... Read More

Sustainable Apparel Materials

MIT Materials Systems Laboratory. Randolph Kirchain, Elsa Olivetti, T. Reed Miller and Suzanne Greene.

An overview of what we know and what could be done about the impact of four major apparel materials: Cotton, Polyester, Leather, and Rubber. This document does not... Read More

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Making Climate Change Fashionable – The Garment Industry Takes On Global Warming

James Conca - Forbes Magazine

This article presents some facts about environmental effects from the fashion industry, such as: "The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and... Read More

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5 New Solutions For The Fashion Industry’s Sustainability Problem

Adele Peters

We buy–and throw out–more clothes than ever. It’s time for new innovation to lower the footprint of our clothing. It’s the holy grail for the fashion industry: Can... Read More

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Clothing brands need to pull at the threads of the apparel industry

Mary Hable

Lessons learned of a corporate sustainability professional at a major apparel retailer. The problems and opportunities were obvious, but one big thing was missing:... Read More

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ICMM Position Statement on Water Stewardship (2017)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Sets out ICMM members’ approach to water stewardshipElucidates key principles for water stewardship in the context of mining and metalsThis position... Read More

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Youth Fashion Summit

Global Fashion Agenda + Danish Fashion Institute

Youth Fashion Summit (YFS) is a platform that gathers students from around the world to discuss and engage in driving Sustainable Fashion forward. By dreaming the future,... Read More

Responsible Down Standard

Textile Exchange Standards

The Responsible Down Standard ensures that down and feathers come from ducks and geese that have been treated well. This means enabling them to live healthy lives, express... Read More

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is a comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares facilities along the textile chain for the requirements requested by the Detox... Read More

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for leather and leather articles of all levels of production.... Read More

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) provides access to a large amount of relevant information about the impacts of material production used in the apparel,... Read More

Wet Processing Benchmark

Made-By

The MADE-BY Wet Processing Benchmark, developed in cooperation with Systainable Solutions, uses actual data to bring transparency and drive change. Using field data from... Read More

Responsible usage of Fluoromaterials

Gore-tex

Gore Fabrics’ Goal and Roadmap for Eliminating PFCs of Environmental Concern.

The Detox Catwalk 2016

Greenpeace

Greenpeace launched its “Detox My Fashion” campaign in July 2011 to address this problem, asking the textile industry to urgently take responsibility for its contribution... Read More

Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management (2013)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF

Primary Functions:Learn more about the possible role of the private sector in advancing sustainable water management

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South African Mine Water Atlas (2017)

South African Water Research Commission

Primary Functions:Shows the critical interplay between mining and water resources in South AfricaThe South African Mine Water Atlas is a comprehensive reference on the... Read More

The IPIECA Water Management Framework for Onshore Oil and Gas Activities (2013)

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

Primary Functions:Learn good water management practices specific to the Oil & Gas industryIPIECA’s framework for water management in onshore oil and gas activities has... Read More

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The Water Network (2015)

AquaSPE

Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content,... Read More

Understanding “Sufficiency” in Water-Related Collective Action (2014)

CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy, CDP

Primary Functions:Assess river basin “sufficiency” so as to understand how much and what type of collective action is neededMore information at website: ... Read More

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Water Efficiency Toolkit (2014)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), AT&T, Global Environmental Management Institute (GEMI)

Primary Functions:Build your own program to reduce water and energy use in buildings—and save money in the processAssess your company’s water efficiency and create... Read More

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Water Stewardship in Colombia: How Cooperation Improves Water Governance of the Paramo de Santurban (2015)

Strategic Alliance for Water Stewardship (STA), International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), GIZ

Primary Functions:Strengthen your collective action practice by learning about real-life examples of collaboration from Colombia

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Water Stewardship in Sustainable Agriculture (2013)

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

Primary Functions:Learn about and implement effective water stewardship actions specific to agricultureSAI Platform, the global initiative helping food and drink companies... Read More

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iVN Certified Supplier Data Bank

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

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

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program - Training and Education Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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

Massey University’s School of Design

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

Scaling Social Impact

SSIR

Strategies for spreading social innovations.

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Winning Together

Nesta

A guide to successful corporate-startup engagements.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

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Retail Employee Engagement for Sustainability

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

The RILA Retail Employee Engagement Report highlights successful employee engagement in the retail sector.  This resource provides a first look at the retail industry’s... Read More

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Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Management

Ceres

Ceres Aqua Gauge is an online Excel-based tool that helps inform and strengthen companies’ water management strategies and allows investors to evaluate a company’s water... Read More

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A Practical Guide to Catchment-Based Water Management for the Mining and Metals Industry (2015)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Planning a responsible water management for mining & metals operationsThis practical guide for the mining and metals industry sets out a collaborative catchment-based... Read More

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Chemicals Management Module (2015)

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve your chemicals management processes and thus reduce water pollutionThe Chemicals Management Module is a roadmap for... Read More

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Fashion and controversy

Christy Tennery-Spalding - Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

The second post talked about how clothing companies are turning forests into fashion. In order to produce rayon, viscose and other textiles, companies source fiber through... Read More

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5 Sustainability Threats Facing Fashion

Robin Mellery-Pratt

Fashion's need for raw materials and labour intensive production processes make it an industry particularly vulnerable to environmental disruption — as are the profit... Read More

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Guide to Managing Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives (2015)

CEO Water Mandate and the Water Integrity Network (WIN)

Primary Functions:Understand and identify potential integrity risks to your water stewardship initiative (WSI)Determine how to structure WSIs so as to proactively prevent... Read More

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ICMM’s Practical Guide to Consistent Water Reporting (2017)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Defines an appropriate set of standardized water reporting metrics for the mining and metals industryOutlines the minimum disclosure standard for member... Read More

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The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Natural (or green) infrastructure is a planned or managed natural or semi natural system (such as mangroves or wetlands) that can help companies harness ecosystem services... Read More

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Pathways to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Related to Water and Sanitation: An Experience from India (2015)

CEO Water Mandate, Hindustan Unilever Foundation

Primary Functions:Learn about collaborative efforts to advance water stewardship and achieve Sustainable Development Goal #6 from Hindustan Unilever Foundation’s portfolio... Read More

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Critical aspects in design for fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles

Maria Elander & Hanna Ljungkvist

This report outlines critical aspects found for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling from a stakeholder’s perspective. The interviewed stakeholders from the fashion... Read More

Responsible Down Standard - Communication Tools

Textile Exchange Standards

Help on how to communicate about your use of the Responsible Down Standard.

The Organic Content Standard

Textile Exchange

The Goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims. The  OCS  accomplishes  this  goal  by  verifying  the  presence  and  amount ... Read More

Land Management Self Assessment Tool - DOWLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

Excel tool that can be used for conducting self-assessment against the Land Management module requirements or as an audit tool.

Fairtrade Textile Standard

Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices.... Read More

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group

The ZDHC Programme is creating a new standard in wastewater discharge that goes beyond regulatory compliance to ensure wastewater discharge does not adversely affect the... Read More

Ethical Fashion Guide - Behind the Barcode Report

Baptist World Aid Australia

The Ethical Fashion Guide is a companion to the 2017 Ethical Fashion Report. Use it to help you make everyday, ethical purchasing decisions. Take it with you when you shop... Read More

Understanding the environmental impacts of wool: A review of Life Cycle Assessment studies

Australian Wool Innovation, International Wool Textile Organisation

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used as a tool to report on the environmental impacts of products, and LCA impact categories are being used individually... Read More

Closing and Slowing the Loop

Greenpeace

Innovative business models in the textile sector – an overview This summary does not attempt to present an exhaustive list of examples, but focuses instead on giving an... Read More

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After the Binge, the Hangover: International Fashion Consumption Survey

Greenpeace

A new survey, commissioned by Greenpeace, of the shopping habits of people in Europe and Asia finds that regularly buying too many clothes, shoes, bags and accessories has... Read More

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SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD

UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Primary Functions:Learn how you can align your strategies as well as measure and manage your contribution to the realization of the SDGs.The SDG Compass provides guidance... Read More

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Serving the Public Interest: Corporate Water Stewardship and Sustainable Development (2015)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF, WaterAid

Primary Functions:Understand how your business can contribute to SDG Goal #6Identify risks associated with SDG engagementsIn 2000, when the UN agreed to the eight global... Read More

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The Business Case for Responsible Corporate Adaptation: Strengthening Private Sector and Community Resilience (2015)

CDP, ND-GAIN, OXFAM, Rainforest Alliance, UNEP, DTU Partnerships, UNEP, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNGC

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

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Water Action Hub (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Put your water projects on the mapIdentify and connect with potential collective action partnersLearn about water stewardship projects

Water and Human Rights: Exploring the Roles and Responsibilities of Business (2009)

CEO Water Mandate, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Primary Functions:Understanding early underpinnings of the Mandate’s guidance on respecting the human rights to water and sanitationThe authors of this paper take the... Read More

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Water Disclosure 2.0 (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Understand early corporate water disclosure practiceThis Mandate study compiles and analyzes the water-related information provided in the Corporate... Read More

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Water Risk Monetizer (2014)

ECOLAB USA INC.®

Primary Functions:Access actionable information to help businesses understand and quantify water-related risks in financial termsThe Water Risk Monetizer estimates the... Read More

Water Stewardship in the Beverage Industry (2016)

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Ceres, World Resources Institute

Primary Functions:Guide and inspire companies to continually improve on matters related to water stewardshipOutline water stewardship essentials for the beverage... Read More

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Embedding Project Resources for Embedding Sustainability

Embedding Project

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

The Global Recycled Standard

Textile Exchange

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

Responsible Wool Standard - Kick Start program

Textile Exchange

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

Social Responsibility Toolkit

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

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 Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business Executive Summary

Cradle to Cradle Certified

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

Purchasing guide - Mail order companies/ online shops

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This list includes member firms which offer products for mail order. Links direct you to members' online shops.

Sustainability and enterprise risk management: The first step towards integration

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

An organization’s enterprise risk management function plays a critical role in monitoring and managing the risks and opportunities that stem from the internal and external... Read More

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