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This Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. The intention is to arm... Read More

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4-Part Startup Financing Workbooks

Template / Workbook | Free

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

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Investor Water Toolkit

Suite of Tools | Free | Nov 30, 2017

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

CEO Guide to climate-related financial disclosures. The TCFD’s objectives are to develop climate-related disclosure recommendations that: Provide information for investors... Read More

EY member fi rms are able to conclude from several years of research of ESG reporting that there is a global trend toward increased interest in nonfi nancial information on... Read More

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

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Accounting Blueprint

Framework | Free | Feb 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

Companies can disclose in response to a request from an investor, a customer, or both. This page will cover the basics of the information request and show some of the... Read More

Food Lion's Energy Team has built a trusting relationship with finance and other departments. By incorporating long and short-term considerations with stakeholder... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

An industry-driven organization that assesses the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally, including real estate portfolios, real... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

Understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in... Read More

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

Launched in June 2011 as a joint project of Ceres and Tellus Institute, both non-profit research and educational entities, the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings... Read More

Tracking Progress: ACTIAM's Water Footprint Methodology To measure progress towards this goal, ACTIAM has calculated the water footprint of its investment funds. The... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

An international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical... Read More

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Helping Boards Face Climate Change

Article | Free | Jul 19, 2017

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

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

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

This tool assesses climate and energy benefits of new building developments and was developed by the IFC arm of the World Bank Group (they liaise mainly with the private... Read More

Discover your value. Measuring and managing social value is more accessible, inclusive, and democratic with the Global Value Exchange.The Global Value Exchange is a crowd... Read More

The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF, which helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to... Read More

A Systematic Review of Existing Methodologies for measuring and valuing environmental impacts. Humans caused $6.6 trillion in environmental damage in 2008. But it’s hard to... Read More

Retailers are sometimes asked by internal and external stakeholders to report on their sustainability efforts and accomplishments. This matrix provides an initial overview... Read More

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Good Jobs Scorecard

Template / Workbook | Free

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

Datamaran is the world’s leading NLP business intelligence tool. ESG risks, materiality assessment, trends and benchmarking in seconds. Try it free now.

Join some of the world’s biggest companies by aligning your company’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions with climate science. Follow this four step process and for... Read More

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

The Premier Big Data Translator For Decision Making on a Changing Planet.Water is a key input to nearly everything made on the planet.So we co-created the initial Earth... Read More

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GRESB Debt Assessment

Template / Workbook | Paid

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

This tool applies benchmarking to enable institutional investors to extend ESG integration to their real estate debt investments.

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On a mission to scale up climate action and transform landscapes and livelihoods by placing a value on the ecosystem services that support our planet and creating a demand... Read More

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Data Blueprint

Framework | Free | May 30, 2017

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

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RILA’s Retail Energy Management Leadership Model is a roadmap to help retail energy managers optimize their energy programs. It is intended to identify possible pathways to... Read More

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

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GRESB Infrastructure

Template / Workbook | Paid

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

GRESB Infrastructure provides assessment, scoring, and peer benchmarking for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of infrastructure companies and funds.

RILA's Retail Sustainability Management Resource Library is organized around the Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model, a roadmap to help retail sustainability... Read More

Welcome to the Sustainable Facilities Tool! You’re here because you care about efficient, healthy buildings and environmentally-responsible purchasing. Whether you’re a... Read More

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

Urban areas have a key part to play in combating climate change. The CURB interactive tool helps cities take action on climate by allowing them to map out different action... Read More

This is a climate action planning framework that serves to guide decision makers in identifying indicators, setting targets, etc. It’s more of a process framework than a... Read More

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

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook draws together a wide range of knowledge and expertise on the concept of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) to better guide policy... Read More

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

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CDP’s Climate Questionnaire

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

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

The challengeThe reporting world is complex. Understanding what, where and how to report sustainability information, while keeping up with the latest developments, is tough... Read More

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

Cities are home to over half of the world’s population. Cities characterise many of today’s global economic and environmental challenges and deliver cost-effective policy... Read More

This publication marks our fifth edition of Reporting matters. Our research has confirmed that many organizations find it challenging to meet the increasing number of... Read More

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Pivot Goals

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PivotGoals is a database of the environmental, social, and governance targets set by the world's largest companies (primarily the Fortune Global 250). The database is... Read More

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

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

This report identifies 12 opportunities that have the greatest potential in most global cities to curb emissions and put cities on a 1.5°C pathway through 2030.

Research shows companies can engage community groups in three main ways. This guide is based on more than 200 studies and is designed to help small...

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals. We work to make... Read More

This is another carbon calculator developed by an Energy team at the World Bank. It is similar to CURB in ways, but differs mainly in its level of granularity, target... Read More

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The 3% Solution

Framework | Free | Jun 18, 2013

Many of the world’s leading companies have made major strides in addressing climate change over the last decade. By establishing climate targets, they pushed themselves to... Read More

Our approach to farm management begins with field-centric data. Field-by-field, zone-by-zone, we collect, transfer, manage and analyze your data safely and securely.... Read More

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

The Collaborative strives to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber, and fuel for a rapidly growing population expected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050,... Read More

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

Consider our Water Stewardship Maturity Progression in assessing where you are on your water management journey and to chart a course for the future.

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Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

Snapshots of 2016 data on real estate portfolios, _real estate debt portfolios and infrastructure. 

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

Interested in understanding your own company's journey? Consider undertaking this free, preliminary practices self-assessment.

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

The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development embodies three decades of research and practice on global sustainability initiated by The Natural Step in collaboration... Read More

We shift mindsets and practices through direct dialogue and capacity building. We are a team that works directly with companies, governments, civil society, investors and... Read More

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

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

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

A group of large energy buyers developed the Buyers’ Principles to spur progress on renewable energy and to add their perspective to the future of the U.S. energy and... Read More

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Sustainable Portfolio Management Guide

Framework | Free | Mar 12, 2017

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

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

Scaling up sustainable supply chain practices The number of companies forging ahead with an industry-leading approach to tackling emissions in the supply chain has doubled... Read More

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

Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) -  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their... Read More

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

If you need to understand what it means to do business with respect for human rights, look no further than this guide.‘Doing Business With Respect for Human Rights’ is a... Read More

The Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index: State Leadership & Rankings was created to guide members of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Information... Read More

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

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New Business Models Blueprint

Framework | Free | Mar 01, 2016

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

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

This guide provides an overview of the importance of traceability for sustainability purposes, outlines the global opportunities and challenges it represents, and... Read More

This tool has been developed for corn, cotton, rice, wheat, potatoes and soybean growers to better understand and communicate how management choices affect overall... Read More

Thought leaders and influencers from government, civil society, and the private sector play an important role in creating and maintaining business value. As their influence... Read More

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

The Mining and Metals Sector Disclosures document contains a set of disclosures for use by all organizations in the Mining and Metals sector. The disclosures cover key... Read More

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

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

In response to water crises across the globe, data on biophysical conditions associated with water risk have increasingly been collected and understood. However, a complete... Read More

San Francisco has long been a leader in environmental, social, and economic prosperity. Today we confront what may prove to be the greatest challenge of our era—climate... Read More

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

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

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

Offsets represent a valuable tool for success in international markets: (i) buyers see them as opportunity to use the offsets to either “jump start” or develop specific... Read More

The GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard (referred to as the Product Standard) provides requirements and guidance for companies and other... Read More

The aim of the Toolkit is to showcase concrete examples of good practices for food loss and waste reduction, while pointing to information sources, guidelines and pledges... Read More

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

A tool by the EPA for managing and transforming waste streams.  This resource provides ideas for and examples of waste management taking into consideration sectors,... Read More

TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste certification is used by facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint... Read More

Provides an overview on how to do business with respect for childrens right to be free from child labour. The guidelines aim to improve global supply chain governance, due... Read More

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

The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Change Your Shoes is a pan European and global campaign which calls on shoe companies to intensify their efforts to systematically assess the risks in their business... Read More

Four methods with varying levels of accuracy and data collection required are outlined in this guidance to calculate GHG emissions. Organizations may calculate fugitive GHG... Read More

Global population growth and rising living standards have increased apparel consumption, and thegeneration of textile and clothing waste. This has raised concerns about... Read More

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

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

This report details the results of BSR's HERfinance program pilot alongside qualitative case studies and a review of the challenges we faced and the lessons learned as we... Read More

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

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

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.

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

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

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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Funding Social Enterprises

Article | Free | Dec 09, 2016

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

The UNGC Roadmap provides guidance for companies on how to integrate sustainability-related goals and strategies across the organization. Best practices are illustrated and... Read More

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

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

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a critically-acclaimed narrative that illuminates the globalization debates and reveals the key factors to success in... Read More

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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.

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

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

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

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

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

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

In a nutshell, fast-fashion describes society’s obsession with relentless consumption. This insatiable hunger creates unsustainable demand, meaning big brands have to cut... Read More

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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