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Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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A curated collection of maturity models, roadmaps, and other management tools for figuring out how to meet your sustainability goals.

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A context-based metric for assessing the ecological sustainability of an organization’s water use.Based on the context-based approach to sustainability measurement and... Read More

The Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard allows companies to assess their entire value chain emissions impact and identify where to focus reduction activities.

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

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

Various climate scenarios and projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This looks at different scenarios like 2, 4, and 6  degrees celsius.

Our tools enable companies to develop comprehensive and reliable inventories of their GHG emissions. Calculating emissions is a multi-step process. An accurate and useful... Read More

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

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

The 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

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

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

The We Mean Business coalition is catalyzing business action and driving policy ambition to accelerate the low-carbon transition.

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

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

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

The HERproject Tool builder is an online tool to help public health professionals build accurate and culturally relevant training materials for different health... Read More

Provides real-time and historical data, including surface water, groundwater, water quality, water use data, and flood and drought conditions.

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

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

FLA Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to promoting and complying with international labor standards throughout their supply chains. When... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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Higg Index

Framework | Free | Dec 26, 2014

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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® is a comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares facilities along the textile chain for the requirements requested by the Detox... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) is an accreditation body working collaboratively with local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) companies to ensure their Australian... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Valuing our Clothes

Other | Free | May 02, 2016

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

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 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

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

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

 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

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

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

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

The Tool Selector is designed to provide information on tools that can be used in conducting chemical substitutions or alternatives assessments. The filters below may be... Read More

Concerning Materials, Parts, Chemicals, Components, Packaging and Other Goods (including Sundries)The objectives of the LS&CO. RSL (2016) are to:Ensure that Materials,... Read More

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

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

Business-to-business communication of chemical data, such as chemical identity and health and safety impacts, along supply chains is critically important to product... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Made-By

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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

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

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

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

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GoodWeave

Article | Free | Feb 03, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 26000:2010 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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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

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

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’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

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MODE Tracker

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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

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

The Global Social Compliance Programme is a business-driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The... Read More

The Global Social Compliance Programme is a business‐driven programme for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains. The... Read More

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

The objective of this Reference tool for Auditing Competence is to establish the requirements that define a reliable and appropriate level of competence for organisations... Read More

The Code of Labour Practices is based on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. In the text below,... Read More

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

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

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

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

 In order to make an impact and promote socially acceptable production conditions, Outdoor IndustryAssociation (OIA) participants (“Participants”) have adopted this Fair... Read More

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition ® (EICC® ) Code of Conduct establishes standards to ensure that working conditions in the electronics industry supply chain... Read More

The intent of SA8000 is to provide an auditable, voluntary standard, based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, ILO and other international human rights and labour norms... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The purpose of this working paper is to present the current gaps identified in healthcare services and facilities inside of factories in the ready-made garment (RMG)... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The reference tools on Environmental Audit Process and Methodology are part of the GSCP set of reference tools designed to provide a common interpretation of environmental... Read More

This Reference tool forms part of the GSCP set of Reference tools designed to provide a common interpretation of good social and labour requirements and their... Read More