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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.


Place-based Sustainability

66 Resources

A place-based collection of curated sustainability resources that show the connection between sustainability and real estate.


Business Case Resources

26 Resources

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


Financing

4 resources


Business Model Innovation Grid

Plan C

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

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Finding Capital for Sustainable Livelihoods Businesses

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Finance guide for business managers.

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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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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

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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

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Standard Financial Model

Foresight

Calculator/Excel plugin for building financial models.

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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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Supporting your CEO and their Decision-Making around Sustainability

Embedding Project

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

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The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

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

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The Business Case for Water Stewardship

CEO Water Mandate

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

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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

Cotton 2040: The Scenarios

Forum of the Future

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

Clean by Design Initiative

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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

CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies

Fiber Technologies International, Inc

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

United Nations Global Compact 2018 Toolbox

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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

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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

The Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business

Cradle to Cradle Certified

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

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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

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Business Case Calculator for Energy & Water Efficiency Improvements

Road Map Business Case Template

Excel template for business case

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The Easiest Spreadsheet for Churn, MRR, and Cohort Analysis

AndrewChen

Free Excel spreadsheet for calculating SaaS revenues.

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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

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The Difference Between Angel Investment and Venture Capital

Venture Spring

Article on the difference between angel investment and venture capital.

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

Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

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

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Sustainability Advantage Ultbook

Sustainability Advantage

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

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

Future-Fit Foundation

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

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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

Fashion forward: Innovations drive sustainable clothing

Anna Clark

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

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The Sustainability Fundamentals - Fashion

The Sustainable Fashion Academy

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

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

City and County of San Francisco

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

Natural Infrastructure for Business Platform (2015)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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

Engage the Chain: An Investor Guide on Agricultural Supply Chain Risk

Ceres

Engage the Chain overviews the environmental and social risks and impacts of 8 commonly sourced agricultural commodities: beef, corn, dairy, fiber-based packaging, palm... Read More

Water Sustainability Tool

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

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

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The Business Case for True Pricing

True Price, Deloitte, EY, PWC

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

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Template Startup Financial Model

David Teten

Free Excel spreadsheet for buidling a financial model.

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8 Things You Need to Know About Raising Venture Capital

Entrepreneur.com

Tips for raising VC.

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Sustainable cotton pilot project

Jim Steadman

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

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The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.

Pietra Rivoli

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

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Academic Leaders' Round Table

Danish Fashion Institute

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

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

Carbon Productivity Tool

The Carbon Productivity Consortium

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

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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

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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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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.

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Due Dilligence Checklist

Go 4 Funding

Comprehensive due dilligence checklist.

Curriculum: Financing

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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

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Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

World Resources Institute

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

Water Stewardship Toolbox

CEO Water Mandate

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

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Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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

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5 New Solutions For The Fashion Industry’s Sustainability Problem

Adele Peters

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

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

Mary Hable

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

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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

LEED v4 Rainfall Events Calculator

U.S. Green Building Council

This tool allows you to calculate the percentile of storm events and list low impact development strategies for LEED v4 BD+C SS Credit Rainwater Management and LEED v4 O+M... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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Sales and Revenue Forecasting

MaRS

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

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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

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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

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

Ceres

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

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

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

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

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Conservation Pays Off for Bangladeshi Factories

Amy Yee - The New York Times

Success story on water saving initiative in textile and garment factories in Bangladesh. The article describes how this initiative helped save money, energy and water. 

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5 Sustainability Threats Facing Fashion

Robin Mellery-Pratt

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

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The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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

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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

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

After the Binge, the Hangover: International Fashion Consumption Survey

Greenpeace

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

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SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Risk Monetizer (2014)

ECOLAB USA INC.®

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

Sustainability and enterprise risk management: The first step towards integration

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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

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