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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.

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The 3 Principle Sources of Funding Every Startup Needs

Entrepreneur.com

Overview of equity, debt, and bootstrapping.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

4-Part Startup Financing Workbooks

MaRS

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

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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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World Benchmarking Alliance – Benchmarking Companies as a Driver for Change

World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)

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...

The Breakthrough Pitch

Project Breakthrough

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...

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Engaging Employees at All Levels

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

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

International WELL Building Institute

International Well Building Institute

WELL is the leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally. Register your office, building or other space to leverage WELL’s flexible framework for... Read More...

Business Solutions for Sustainable Development: Case examples from Global Compact LEAD Companies

United Nations Global Compact

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...

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Higg Index

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

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...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

BookFramework
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Business Case Examples: Environmental Issues

Solution Matrix LLC

Case studies of environmental business cases.

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SDG Resource Center

RELX Group

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...

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

BookFramework
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Private Sector Investment and Sustainable Development

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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...

Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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...

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Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

Sloan Management Review (SMR)

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...

Supply Chain Sustainability - A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement, Second Edition

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), BSR

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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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...

Level(s) – A common EU framework of core sustainability indicators for office and residential buildings

European Commission

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...

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NSF/ANSI 426 - 2017 - Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers

NSF International Standard / American National Standard

The purpose of this Standard for servers is to establish product environmental performance criteria and corporate performance metrics that exemplify environmental... Read More...

Lead From the Top - Building Sustainability Competence On Corporate Boards

Ceres

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...

Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape

Elsevier, SciDevNet

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...

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...

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 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...

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.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all... Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group

The ZDHC MRSL V1.1 is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The... 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...

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...

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...

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...

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Version 5 .0

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The new version of GOTS is a result of a comprehensive stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and... 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...

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...

Factory 45 - Clothing Company Accelerator

Factory 45

FACTORY45 is an online accelerator program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch clothing companies that are sustainably and ethically made in the USA. Factory45 is an... Read More...

The 13 ‘muka buttons’ for ethical & environmental practice

Muka kids

To be accredited a clothing brand needs to earn a certain number of ‘muka buttons’ – each button is for a specific ethical & sustainable practice. A brand that is... Read More...

EcoChic Design Award

REDRESS

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition organized by Redress, inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing... Read More...

Fashion x Climate Change

Zady

Of course, at this stage, we are all aware of the concept of global warming. The association we usually have is of gas guzzling cars and oil fields. But did you know that... 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...

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...

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...

Responsible usage of Fluoromaterials

Gore-tex

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

PFC Revolution in Outdoor Sector: Sounding the alarm on PFCs

Greenpeace

Since the beginning of its Detox campaign in  2011, Greenpeace has been calling on the  clothing industry to eliminate all hazardous  chemicals from its supply chain by... Read More...

Project Just Wiki

Project Just

Curious about how, where and by whom your clothes are made? We’ve got you covered. Get the scoop on all your favorite brands via the Project JUST Wiki.

Getting to Know Alpaca

Zady

High in the Andes Mountains of South America live one of our favorite animal species, alpaca. What is alpaca?HistoryWhy is alpaca sustainable?Beyond the environment: alpaca... Read More...

Polyester Standard

Zady

When we think of plastic, images of plastic bottles, grocery bags, and food containers instantly come to mind. While those are perhaps the most recognizable forms of... Read More...

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...

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

Canopy

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...

Well dressed?

Julian M Allwood, Søren Ellebæk Laursen, Cecilia Malvido de Rodríguez and Nancy M P Bocken. University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing

Our clothes are getting cheaper, they follow fashion more rapidly and we’re buying more and more of them. At the same time, we hear more about poor working conditions in... Read More...

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment

WRAP

The Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment is avoluntary agreement targeting every stage of the clothing journey. It brings together retailers, brands,... Read More...

The Truth About Cashmere

Zady

Woven into the soft luxury of a cashmere sweater is a harsh tale involving climate change, capitalism and consumption. As we think more and more about how our clothes... Read More...

Sustainable clothing: A practical guide to enhancing clothing durability and quality

WRAP

The Sustainable Clothing Guide is a practical guide to help brands and retailers to enhance the durability and quality of the clothing they produce.

Valuing our Clothes

WRAP

Valuing our clothes is a summary of the key findings of a major technical report published by WRAP. It presents estimates of the carbon, water and waste footprints of... Read More...

Love Your Clothes (LYC)

WRAP

Love Your Clothes (LYC) has been developed with industry to raise awareness of the value of clothes and the benefits of re-using and recycling them. It helps people make... Read More...

Textile Technology Business Center

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

Identifying the need for a credible knowledge center, PaCT has established in partnership with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA),... Read More...

PaCT Advantage

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

PaCT enables textile factories to gain sustainability in their businesses by setting up an in-house resource management diagnostic tool called PaCT Advantage. PaCT... Read More...

Textile Sustainability Platform

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

PaCT is the first program in Bangladesh to establish a dialogue platform, called Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP), at the national level to address issues pertaining... Read More...

Better Mills Initiative in China

Solidaridad, H&M

The Better Mill Initiative (BMI) aims to improve the sustainability performance of wet processing in the textile supply chain in China. The program, initiated by... Read More...

A.I.R. Strategy - Parley Corporate Partner Guidelines

parley

We see the key to the solution in collaboration. Nobody can end this problem alone. We need to approach it from different angles and in a collaborative and... Read More...

Ghostnet Retrieval

parley

Discarded fishing nets continuously kill sea life when left in the oceans, but they become impactful messengers for the cause when recycled. After being retrieved from high... Read More...

Ocean Plastic Materials

parley

From trash to premium. Together with leading experts, labs and material innovators we give plastic trash a new life and turn it into yarn and fabric for the fashion and... Read More...

Bring It campaign

H&M

Bring garments you no longer want, from any brand and in any condition. We’ll make sure they get a new life.

Plan A 2025 Commitments: An ambitious customer focused sustainability Plan

MARKS AND SPENCER GROUP PLC

 Our customers’ world is changing fast. They are living through a period of great political, social and technological disruption. They’re looking for organizations they can... Read More...

Cotton 2040

Forum of the Future

The Cotton 2040 initiative is a unique cross-industry partnership, including leading brands and retailers, cotton standards, producers and industry initiatives. It aims to... Read More...

The Business of Fashion

The Business of Fashion

The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential daily resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries. It is... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard - Implementation Manual 1.0

Textile Exchange

The RWS Implementation Manual provides interpretations and clarifications for the  Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). All guidance given in the manual shall be considered ... Read More...

Introduction to the Chemicals Management Module

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

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...

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group Supplier Toolkit

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group has developed this Restricted Substances List (RSL) Toolkit as part of its mission, “to reduce the use... Read More...

Restricted Substances List

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

This restricted substances list by the American Apparel and Footwear Association is intended to provide apparel and footwear companies with information related to... Read More...

CSR Benchmarking Survey Reports

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

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...

Advancing life cycle assessment of textile products to include textile chemicals. Inventory data and toxicity impact assessment

Sandra Roos

Textile products are used by almost everybody throughout the world, fulfilling basic human needs such as keeping us warm and contributing to our social position. Every year... 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...

Fashion for Good

Fashion for Good

Plug and Play–Fashion for Good is a 12-week startup accelerator based in Amsterdam focused on social and environmental impact within the fashion industry.The accelerator is... Read More...

Chemistry for Any Weather Supplemental Report

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Chemicals Management Working Group

This report was commissioned by Outdoor Industry Association to serve as a reference document to provide OIA members, and any other interested stakeholders, with context to... Read More...

Hazard Assessment Protocol

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

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

Product Category Rules - Environmental Product Declaration - Textile yarn and thread

EPD® System

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...

Greenhouse Gas Protocol - PDF DOWNLOAD

World Resources Institute (WRI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

ISO 14001:2015

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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...

Product Design and Development

Book by Ulrich and Eppinger

A resource for students and professionals in the field of product design and development.

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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Product Social Impact Assessment

Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

There is growing societal recognition that companies are accountable for their entire supply chain, downstream and upstream. As a result, the need to investigate and give... Read More...

Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products

UNEP

These Guidelines present the Social and socio-economic Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA), a powerful technique to assess and report about these impacts and benefits of product... Read More...

The Simple Rules of Disciplined Innovation

McKinsey

An article on how to use constraints to enhance creativity.

Okala Ecodesign Strategy App

Okala Practitioner

The Okala Ecodesign Strategy App is a tool for designers to conceptualize new product and service concepts. 

Talking to Humans

Talking to Humans

A guide to helping you get out and understand your customers.

Wendy Luhabe: Social Entrepreneur & Impact Investor

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

As an entrepreneur, board member and investor, Luhabe combined profit and social impact before the terms social entrepreneurship and impact investing were in common use.... Read More...

Leadership in Social Enterprise: How to Manage Yourself and the Team

SCHWAB FOUNDATION FORSOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Based on in-depth interviews and case studies, as well as a global survey conducted by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, this manual aims to support the... Read More...

Template Startup Financial Model

David Teten

Free Excel spreadsheet for buidling a financial model.

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The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

Forbes

Article about building a pitch deck, plus downloadable template.

Curriculum: Financing

Due Dilligence Checklist

Go 4 Funding

Comprehensive due dilligence checklist.

Curriculum: Financing

The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design

IDEO

At IDEO.org, part of our mission is to spread human-centered design to social sector practitioners around the world. The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design reveals our... Read More...

Finding Capital for Sustainable Livelihoods Businesses

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Finance guide for business managers.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

Measuring Socio-Economic Impact

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Companies are increasingly interested in measuring socio-economic impact as part of maintaining their license to operate, improving the business enabling environment,... Read More...

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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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...

Sustainability and Leadership Competencies for Business Leaders

BSR

It has become a truism among sustainability advocates that commitment needs to start at the top, or at the very least the CEO needs to 'buy in' for real change to have a... Read More...

Marketing Communications

MaRS

Worksheet and guidebook for developing a marketing and communications strategy.

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How to Become a B Corp

B Corporation

Tools and steps for becoming a B Corporation.

Cooking in 1 Million Kitchens: Lessons learned in scaling a clean cookstove business

Shell Foundation

In this report, Envirofit shares an honest and frank account of five key lessons learned on their 8-year journey to build a clean cookstove business.

Blended value accounting in social entrepreneurship

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship

This paper presents an exploratory analysis of the emergent reporting practices used by social entrepreneurs in terms of their institutional settings and strategic... Read More...

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...

Funding Social Enterprises

Echoing Green

These profiles illustrate how four diverse social enterprises have secured seed- and early-stage philanthropic and investment capital to build their organizations. In... Read More...

How to Create a Basic Financial Model: An Entrepreneur's Guide

Founder Institute

Article with advice and steps on building a financial model in Excel.

Curriculum: Financing

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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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...

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.

Doing Biomimicry: Natural Principles

AutoDesk

Series of articles that provides an overview of biomimicry, and how it can be used in the design process.

Scaling Social Impact

SSIR

Strategies for spreading social innovations.

Crafting Your Value Proposition

MaRS

Worksheet and guidebook for crafting a value proposition.

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Social Entrepreneurship: Social Impact Metrics

MaRS

Report attempting to provide a clear understanding around the importance of establishing and reporting on appropriate social and financial metrics, to increase the amount... Read More...

On The Road to Corporate Startup Collaboration

KPMG

Case studies and tips for corporations and startups on working together.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

In Search of the Hybrid Ideal

SSIR

In the first large-scale, quantitative study of nascent social entrepreneurs, researchers from Harvard Business School and Echoing Green examine the rise of hybrid... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

Startup Financial Model

Startup Financial Model

We've built what we believe is the finest business planning tool available (and our customers agree) and we want to put it in your hands at a price you can afford. 

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What we learned from 200 startups who raised $360M

DocSend

Slide show of findings from research on 200 startups raising capital.

Curriculum: Financing

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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.

Transparency, Purpose, and the Empowered Consumer: A New Paradigm for Advertising

BSR

This paper focuses on one central question: Can the advertising industry use principles rooted in CSR to engage consumers, build trust, and secure long-term brand loyalty... Read More...

Factor Ten Engineering Design Principles

Rocky Mountain Institute

Designers often assume that radical efficiency is too expensive. Yet RMI's Factor Ten Engineering initiative demonstrates that very large energy and resource savings can be... Read More...

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...

The Go-to-Market Approach Startups Need to Adopt

HBR

Advice on figuring out a go-to-market approach.

Talent for Tech: Recruiting the right people for your tech startup

MaRS

A report, based on research in Canada, to help tech startups recruit talent.

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.

Standard Financial Model

Foresight

Calculator/Excel plugin for building financial models.

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The Easiest Spreadsheet for Churn, MRR, and Cohort Analysis

AndrewChen

Free Excel spreadsheet for calculating SaaS revenues.

BookCalculator
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How to Raise Venture Capital

The Startup Guide

How to raise VC, including general advice about raising capital and what types to consider, when.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping

UX Pin

Learn the methods, tools, and processes for low- and high-fidelity rapid prototyping.

Getting Started with IRIS

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

IRIS is an industry-recognized and curated catalog of metrics that provides a starting point for measuring your social and environmental results. 

The Impact Economy: The Insider's Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent

MaRS

The Impact Economy: The Insider's Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent explores the barriers that make it difficult for talented people to identify... Read More...

Business Model Design

MaRS

Worksheet and guidebook for developing a business model.

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Disciplined Entrepreneurship

Disciplined Entrepreneurship

Integrated, comprehensive and proven framework for developing the product to launch a new venture

"Both/And" leadership

HBR

Article on how to be a good leader.

Winning Together

Nesta

A guide to successful corporate-startup engagements.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

Social Marketing in India

Shell Foundation

Social Marketing in India captures our experiences, both good and bad, over several years of running social marketing campaigns to drive adoption of improved cookstoves;... Read More...

Manual for Implementation of Global Organic Textile Standard

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS)

The Manual for the Implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard provides interpretations and clarifications for specific criteria of the Global Organic Textile... Read More...

Made-By

Made-By

A European nonprofit committed to improving environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry, has created benchmarks to evaluate the sustainability of textiles... Read More...

Environmental Benchmark for Fibres

Made-By

The Fibre Benchmark compares the environmental impact of the most commonly used fibres in the garment industry, supporting you to shift to more sustainable alternatives.Our... 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...

Material Health Certificate Standard

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The official scope of the Material Health Certificate standard, as it relates to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.

EU Ecolabel Textiles and Footwear / Footwear

European Commission

EU Ecolabel Footwear products meet criteria that guarantee:       ✓ Limited water pollution during production       ✓ A reduction of emissions of volatile organic compounds... Read More...

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...

8 Things You Need to Know About Raising Venture Capital

Entrepreneur.com

Tips for raising VC.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

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

The Difference Between Angel Investment and Venture Capital

Venture Spring

Article on the difference between angel investment and venture capital.

Comparison Sets: Know Your Investor

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...

GoodWeave

GoodWeave International

GoodWeave aims to redefine the term “transparency” with the Supply Unchained initiative. In collaboration with USAID and co-funded by the Skoll Foundation, the ChainPoint... Read More...

FSP FairTrace

ChainPoint

As the single certifier for Fairtrade, FLOCERT supports all facets of Fairtrade, including the Fairtrade Sourcing Programs. For supporting the Fairtrade Cotton Program,... 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...

Material Health Certificate

Cradle to Cradle Certified

The Material Health Certificate uses the acclaimed material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to provide manufacturers with... 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.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Table

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

This table shows a list of topics identified as relevant by different stakeholder groups. They can be considered as stakeholders’ suggestions or requests for topics to be... Read More...

SEDEX

SEDEX

Sedex is a global not-for-profit membership organization. We are home to the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains.

Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing and Production

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

Companies that join the FLA commit to ten Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing (and/or Responsible Production) and agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of... Read More...

Better Work

International Labour Organization (ILO), International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Better Work – a collaboration between the United Nation’s International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World... Read More...

Bangladesh Fire and work safety initiatives - The Accord

Accord on Fire and Building Safety In Bangladesh

The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the Accord) was signed on May 15th 2013. It is a five year independent, legally binding agreement between global... Read More...

GSCP - Social Reference Code

The Consumer Goods Forum and Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

Fair Labor Association Workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Benchmarks

Fair Labor Association (FLA)

The FLA Workplace Code of Conduct defines labor standards that aim to achieve decent and humane working conditions. The Code’s standards are based on International Labor... Read More...

Ethical Trading Initiative Code

Ethical Trading Initiative

The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and is an internationally recognized code of labor practice.

Brand Performance Check Guide 2016

Fair Wear Standard (FWF)

Fair Wear Standard's (FWF) Brand Performance Check is a tool to evaluate and report on the activities of FWF’s member companies. The checks examine and publicly report on... Read More...

A Bold Experiment in Ethical Clothing: Fair Trade Certified Apparel & Linens Pilot Lessons Learned 2010-2012

The Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

The Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) Pilot Program for Fair Trade Certified Apparel is the  first global program to certify facilities making clothing, accessories, and linens with a... Read More...

Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

This document contains the requirements that comprise the Fair Trade USA Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods and defines the rules for participation of Apparel and... Read More...

Compliance Criteria for the Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

In the following pages, each standard is followed by a table with its corresponding Compliance Criteria, against which factories are audited. 

Trade Standard: Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

Fair Trade USA seeks to improve labor conditions in the production of apparel and home goods by engaging: 1) manufacturing facilities, 2) consumers, and 3) the buyers and... Read More...

Children's Rights and Business Principles

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights represent a milestone in the business and human rights discussion. However, recognizing the need for... Read More...

ISO 26000 and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Learn how ISO 26000 contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ISO 26000 and the International Integrated Reporting (IR) Framework

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Both ISO 26000 and the International Integrated Reporting <IR>  encourage organizations to consider how their strategy, operations and governance work together to... Read More...

How to use the GRI G4 Guidelines and ISO 26000 in conjunction

International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

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...

Forced Labour Convention, 1930

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Convention concerning Forced or Compulsory Labour (Entry into force: 01 May 1932)

Social Fingerprint

Social Accountability International (SAI)

Social Fingerprint® is a program of ratings, training, and toolkits designed to help companies understand and measure their social impact now, and then learn how to improve... Read More...

Cutting Water Use in the Textile Industry

SARA PETERS - The New York Times

The process of making textiles can require several dozen gallons of water for each pound of clothing, especially during the dyeing process. Amid tightening environmental... 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...

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...

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Audit Protocol

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC Audit Protocol provides brands with the capability to initiate and self-assess safe handling of chemicals with objectives at foundational, progressive and... Read More...

Global Efluent Guidelines

Levi Strauss & Co.

Untreated wastewater discharged from garment operations directly to the environment—such as to rivers, lakes, and creeks—may harm ecosystems, as well as cause health and... Read More...

Wet Processing Tool

Made-By

Our Guide to Textile Wet Processing Standards provides an objective and comparative overview of many of the industry certifications related to wet processing. The tool... Read More...

Made-by DETOX package

Made-By

MADE-BY’s Detox package supports you to proactively address the issue of hazardous chemicals within your supply chain.Over 2,000 different chemicals are used by the fashion... Read More...

MODE Tracker

Made-By

MODE Tracker is a holistic, transparent and verified progress tracking tool to support fashion brands and retailers in improving their sustainability performance through... Read More...

Mapping Materials

Zady

Before we joined the slow fashion movement, we hardly ever looked to see what our clothes were made of. If we liked the style, and if the price was right, that was enough... Read More...

Getting to Know Cotton

Zady

Historian Sven Beckert has written of cotton that it “is as familiar as it is unknown.” [1] Indeed, cotton is all around us, and yet what do we really know about it? Let’s... Read More...

Getting to Know Wool

Zady

One of the seasonal changes we eagerly welcome as the last days of summer fade into the first few of fall is the opportunity to greet the chill in the air with a warm... Read More...

Getting to Know Linen

Zady

Few things get us more excited than a great, sustainable fabric. Fabric is the building block of our wardrobes and an important measure of the quality, durability, and... Read More...

Fashion x Water

Zady

We often think of our clothes using water when they’re in the washing machine. Yet washing our clothes represents only one of the many ways our clothes connect to our water... Read More...

Fashion x Forests

Zady

When we think about our wood consumption, paper is often the main product that comes to mind. Yet, we find wood in many places beyond our desks, including, of course, our... Read More...

Fashion x Corruption

Zady

In 2013 over 1,100 fashion workers were killed as the building they were forced to stay in despite visible cracks in the foundation collapsed with the workers inside.We’re... Read More...

Fashion x Animals

Zady

Clothing comes from many difference sources, as we discussed here. Included in that is clothing from animals.There are important considerations to consider regarding animal... Read More...

Fashion x Soil

Zady

When was the last time you thought about the soil while shopping? We’ll assume it’s been a while. But lurking in our closets, hidden in our cotton t-shirts, wool sweaters,... Read More...

Fashion x Toxicity

Zady

Have you ever thought about the relationship between food and fashion? We’re not talking here about the fact that they can both be dictated by trends (hello, cronut!). Nor... Read More...

Closed Loop, A Primer

Zady

Now let’s think about an assembly line. First of all, notice the shape: we’ve got a line, not a loop. Think about the first assembly line, invented for the model T Ford. It... 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...

Care for our Clothes

Zady

It’s easy to think of clothing as a static object—a beautiful dress hanging in our closet or a pair of jeans in a window display. But the reality is that a piece of... Read More...

Guidelines for Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Wool Textiles

International Wool Textile Organization

These Guidelines for assessing the environmental performance of wool textiles using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach have been developed by the International Wool... Read More...

Future Trends in the World Leather and Leather Products Industry and Trade

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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...

Footwear Consumer 2030: Incorporating Global Trends to Foresight Footwear Market

World Footwear

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...

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)

The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) is a business-driven initiative supporting retailers, importers and brands to improve environmental performance in... Read More...

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI) is a network organization established by the Danish fashion industry in 2005. The purpose of DAFI is to develop, strengthen and promote... Read More...

Global Fashion Agenda

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

Global Fashion Agenda is a global leadership forum on fashion sustainability founded in 2016 and anchored around Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s principal event on... 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 - 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...

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...

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Toolkit - Sourcing for brands and retailers

Textile Exchange

Content:01. Why RWS?02. Creating a StrategyA. Make a CommitmentB. Read and Understand the RWSC. Set Targets and TimelinesD. Choose Supply Chain PartnersE. Plan for... Read More...

bluesign certification

bluesign

The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets... Read More...

bluesign® bluetool

bluesign

The special web-based software application easily guides you through the homologation procedure. bluesign® bluetool provides you all the necessary information on the... Read More...

bluesign® bluefinder

bluesign

The advanced search engine for textile manufacturers contains data of bluesign® approved chemical products meeting the bluesign® criteria. Moreover, it contains all the... Read More...

bluesign® blueguide

Bluesign

The easily comprehensible database for brands and retailers contains data of bluesign® approved fabrics. Textiles manufactured from bluesign® approved fabrics meet highest... Read More...

MSI Package

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental

Our MSI Data Submission Support Package includes: BWE Insider's Guide to the MSI: Cradle-to-Gate Guidance for Data Preparation and Submission 2 hours of BWE consulting... Read More...

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC Programme has identified four key areas and two cross-cutting areas which are critical towards eliminating hazardous chemicals from the global textile, leather and... Read More...

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)

Road Map to Zero

The ZDHC MRSL V1.1 is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The... Read More...

Wastewater Quality

Road Map to Zero

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme is a collaboration of brands, value chain affiliates and associates committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals... Read More...

Recycled Content Standard, V7.0 - Environmental Certification Services

SCS Global Services

The purpose of the Standard is to describe the requirements for third-party substantiation of the recycled content claims asserted by companies with regard to specific... 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...

Canopy- CanopyStyle Audit

Canopy and the Rainforest Alliance

The first ever comprehensive, third party audits of a global viscose and rayon producer to assess their risk of sourcing from the world’s endangered forests. Conducted by... Read More...

Animal Derived Materials (ADM) Policy

VF Corporation

We believe in treating animals with care and respect. In cases where we use animal derived materials in our products, we are committed to ensuring the animal’s ethical... Read More...

Forest Derived Materials (FDM) Policy

VF Corporation

This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation including:-... Read More...

CHEM-IQ℠

VF Corporation, University of Leeds, University of Massachusetts Lowell

CHEM-IQ℠ is VF's innovative chemical management program. It provides a simple, cost-effective and scalable method for identifying and eliminating unwanted chemistries... Read More...

Chemical Management Module

Leather Working Group

The LWG Chemical Management Module (CMM) will be a voluntary additional module when initially launched, but will ultimately be incorporated as a compulsory new section in... Read More...

Leather Trader Protocol

Leather Working Group

The LWG Assessment Protocol for Traders has been developed and refined over two years as the natural progression to allow Trader LWG members to fully engage in the LWG... Read More...

Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard Guidance Document

Cradle to Cradle Certified

This guidance document is a supplement to the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard, containing important interpretations and clarifications.

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...

EU Ecolabel Textiles and footwear / Textile products

European Commission

EU Ecolabel Textiles products meet criteria that guarantee:       ✓ Limited use of substances harmful to health and environment       ✓ Reduction in water and air... Read More...

Naturtextil iVN certified Best

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

This quality standard, known primarily within Europe, currently defines the highest level of textile sustainability by applying the maximum currently achievable parameters... Read More...

NATURLEDER IVN certified - Leather Standard

International Association of Natural Textile Industry ( iVN)

iVN has been involved in developing a standard for sustainable leather since 2001. The quality seal NATURLEDER IVN ZERTIFIZIERT certifies a high level of ecology and... 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...

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.

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...

WeAre SpinDye: new dyeing technology

SpinDye®

SpinDye® is an ingredient brand that offers a technically innovative color system. We deliver a clean, traceable coloring method of textiles with an unparalleled... Read More...

Naia Cellulosic Yarn™

Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn, the new name in fashion apparel, offers a differentiated product for brands looking to innovate in their next collection. Create comfortable,... 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...

Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads

Sustainable Threads was born from our collective professional experience and personal interest in rural development, entrepreneurship and social justice. Among the various... Read More...

Thredup

Thredup

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...

Sustainability in the leather supply chain

Ernst & Young MVO Nederland

In this research report Ernst & Young assesses the sustainability issues in the leather supply chain with a focus on the effects/risks and relevant trade flows from... Read More...

Material flows in the life cycle of leather

Joseph, K. and N. Nithya Journal of Cleaner Production

This paper presents a study on the resource and environmental profile of leather for communicating to the consumers about the environmental burdens of leather products. The... Read More...

Global resource extraction by material category

Administrated by SERI (Sustainable Europe Research Institute) and WU Vienna (University of Economics and Business)

In the past 20 years, the concept of material flow accounting and analysis (MFA) has developed into one of the most successful and influential approaches within the area of... Read More...

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The greenhouse gas equivalencies calculator can help you understand just that, translating abstract measurements into concrete terms you can understand, such as the annual... Read More...

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The sustainability of cotton: Consequences for man and environment

Kooistra, K., A. Termorshuizen, et al. Wageningen University

This project aimed to summarise literature that compares conventional, IPM, and organic cotton production systems in terms of environmental impact; to select indicators... Read More...

LCA benchmarking study on textiles made of cotton, polyester, nylon, acryl, or elastane

Natascha M. van der Velden & Martin K. Patel & Joost G. Vogtländer INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT 19(2): 331-356.

The purpose of this paper is to provide an improved (up-to-date) insight into the environmental burden of textiles made of the base materials cotton, polyester (PET),... Read More...

Making of Making Powered by NIKE MSI

Nike, Inc. Designed by Dave Cobban, Jana Panfilio, Molly Conroy and Howard Lichter of Nike Inc

MAKING is a tool to inspire designers and creators to make better choices in the materials they use. We know that every decision a designer makes in the product creation... Read More...

The Sustainability Consortium Toolkits

The Sustainability Consortium

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...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 2: Indicators Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This is an in-depth, technical guide, presenting a set of Key Fitness Indicators that aim to help companies assess their progress toward each Future-Fit Goal.

Essensus Tool

Essensus

We support companies to mature sustainability integration into their core business, product development and related processes. By understanding their current maturity,... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

Fashion Transparency Index 2017

Fashion Revolution

A review of 100 of the biggest global fashion brands and retailers ranked according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and... Read More...

Sales and Revenue Forecasting

MaRS

Series of workbooks to help entrepreneurs understand sales pipelines and forecast revenue growth.

CDP

CDP

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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.

Social Progress Index

The Social Progress Imperative

The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of... 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...

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART) is a research and development centre, located at Loughborough University, formed in 2004. Its remit is to... Read More...

Planet Textiles

Planet Textiles

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...

Innovating Sustainable Lifestyles Cluster

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Our Innovating Sustainable Lifestyles work stream is investigating what combination of products and services will enable a sustainable lifestyle.Sustainable lifestyles... Read More...

The New Balance Restricted Substances Manual (RSM)

New Balance

New Balance Athletics Inc., and its affiliates (collectively New Balance or NB) are committed to operating its business in an environmentally sustainable manner to protect... Read More...

Reporting Blueprint

Reporting 3.0

The Reporting Blueprint is the first pillar of the Reporting 3.0 work ecosystem and sets the scene for the other Blueprints to follow. It It analyses disclosure needs from... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

BookFramework
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Restricted and Priority Substances Database

SUBSPORT - Substitution Support Portal

This database contains 34 lists of substances that are legally or voluntarily restricted or are recommended for restriction due to their hazards. Lists are grouped in five... Read More...

UNEP Guidleines for Social Lifecycle Assessment of Products

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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...

ISO 26000 - Social responsibility

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance rather than requirements, so it cannot be certified to unlike some other well-known ISO standards. Instead, it helps clarify what social... 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...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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...

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...

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Textiles & Apparel Sector

G&A Institute

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Textiles & Apparel Sector... Read More...

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...

Sustainability Compendium

Fibre2Fashion Pvt. Ltd.

Fashion in itself is a dynamic industry, and if you choose to look at fashion solely from the sustainability point of view, then keeping track of developments is simply not... Read More...

ELEVATE Responsible Sourcing Management Model

ELEVATE

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...

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...

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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It's time for a Fashion Revolution

Sarah Ditty - Fashion Revolution

This white paper is for people who don’t know that much about the human rights and environmental issues behind fashion but want to know more. It is for those who may have... Read More...

Youth Fashion Summit

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...

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