Sustainability Resources

This area is for sustainability professionals that have "sustainability" in their title or they work for a sustainability department.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

Sustainability _ as a conceptual framework for the organization of priorities and allocation of resources _ provides a unique platform for reducing costs, identifying and... Read More

Your company’s commitment to sustainability depends on finding sustainable suppliers. What if there aren’t any? Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term... 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

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

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 Walmart Sustainability Hub is a resource for Walmart suppliers to gain resources and learn about opportunities to collaborate with Walmart, join initiatives or access... 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

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

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See also the free "shareware" version: These tools have been used in many countries, in many settings, for many years. They are... 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

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Product Design Concepts

Suite of Tools | Freemium

Product Design Products can have lower environmental impacts by cleverly using less energy and materials. Learn or teach sustainability in product design & engineering.... 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

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

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

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

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

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BREEAM Infrastructure

Template / Workbook | Paid

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

A sustainability assessment, rating and award for civil engineering works. It is based on the operation of two sustainability assessment and certification schemes: BREEAM... Read More

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

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

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

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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

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.

The Higg Design and Development Module (Higg DDM) offers designers quick and simple guidance to reduce a product’s impact. This tool is meant to be used in the earliest... 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.

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

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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

Proactive companies are working to embed sustainability across their operations and into their decision-making. This guide is a practical starting point to help you... 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

Shanghai International Shipping Service Center’s (SISSC) development on the Huangpu River in Shanghai aims to set a new standard in China for green, low carbon, smart and... 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.

UNIDO and DNV GL - Business Assurance have joined forces to develop and implement projects in the field of water footprint measurement and promotion of water management... Read More

The source for product sustainability information. Detailed Product Information. Sustainable building credits information. Master Format product coding.

Comparison Sets: Carbon Footprint Calculators

Online carbon footprint calculator. Many of our daily activities - such as using electricity, driving a car, or disposing of waste - cause greenhouse gas emissions.... Read More

Supply chain mapping software that enables companies to trace products to the source – tracking social, financial, and environmental risks every step of the way

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

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

This report shows how frontrunners are improving the environmental performance of their value chain, and how they are adopting innovative business models which could reduce... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

The professional credential exams measure your understanding of green building design, construction and operations. The LEED AP exams also assess your understanding of the... 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

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

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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

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

The Higg MSI is a cradle-to-gate material scoring tool that: Enables companies to compare their materials against others Makes comparable environmental data available to... 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

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: 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

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

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...

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

Makersite is a lightning-fast data platform to analyze and improve product compositions. Get started in minutes and model every attribute, such as eco-impacts, costs,... 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

The Facility Social and Labor Module (still in Beta testing phase) is appropriate for any tier of manufacturing. It measures facility-level social impacts and the efficacy... Read More

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

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

This case provides a detailed look at the development of Teck's strategy for sustainability. It gives insight into the rationale behind the strategy, the engagement of... 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.

The Gray to Green (G2G) decision support tool is a GIS-based toolkit that guides users in transitioning to vegetation-based (green) stormwater management systems designed... Read More

When people in organizations communicate, they often do it through stories. Our “Storytelling for Sustainability” guidebook was developed through the Embedding Project's... 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

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

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The Athena Project

Suite of Tools | Paid

The Athena Project offers businesses a powerful solution for staying ahead of the corporate social responsibility risks associated with their mineral supply chain. Clients... 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

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Fair Hiring Toolkit

Suite of Tools | Free

Sustainability Begins With Fair HiringWhether you are a brand, supplier, government, investor, anti-slavery or labor-rights organization, social auditor, or certifier, your... 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

Changing the way we create and consume fashion.  Fashion Takes Action advances sustainability in the entire fashion system through education, awareness and collaboration.

This simulation provides a simple spreadsheet model for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from all the existing waste management practices (transportation, mix... Read More

We asked CEOs, board members, and sustainability executives from a range of global companies to describe the characteristics of effective sustainability change agents.... 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

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

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

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

There is no single accepted framework exists to enable organizations to assess and report their “circularity.”  This website explains the metrics presented in the Circular... 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 2016/2017, thinkstep compared the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of natural gas imports to Europe provided by Nord Stream 2 pipeline and LNG import alternatives.Due to... 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

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 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

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

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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

The purpose of this paper is to study the reuse and recycling of garments from the fashion industry's perspective. Through multiple case studies the paper maps the emerging... 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.

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

Although it is a common assumption that textiles made from natural materials such as cotton and silk are more environmentally friendly than textiles made from man-made... 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

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Framework | Free

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

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

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

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Good Jobs Diagnostic

Template / Workbook | Free

The Good Jobs Strategy Diagnostic is a survey that identifies which elements of the Good Jobs Strategy your company already practices and where you can improve. It is... Read More

The Climate Initiatives Platform (CIP) is being hosted by UN Environment and the UNEP DTU Partnership, through a project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and... Read More

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

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...

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 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

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

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

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

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

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

Focus on cross-enterprise qualitative data collection and team communication. Ability to visualize stakeholder relationships and focus on key commitments.

The How2Recycle label empowers people to recycle more and better, and influences brands to change their packaging to be more recyclable.How2Recycle® is the first and only... Read More

What if you could redesign everything? The Circular Design Guide is a collaboration between IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It's an action-oriented set of methods,... 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

EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from... Read More

Livestock products carry a large carbon footprint compared with other foods, and thus there is a need to focus on how to reduce it. The major contributing factors are... 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

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

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

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

Circular economy (CE) focuses on resource-productivity and eco-efficiency improvement in a comprehensive way, especially on the industrial structure optimization of new... Read More

Dimensions of wage fairness are explored. Most corporate social responsibility work on wages has focused on whether a workplace meets a certain level of compensation,... Read More

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

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C40 Resources

Suite of Tools | Free

C40 Research, Measurement and Planning C40 Research, Measurement and Planning leverages our unprecedented database of city actions, extensive network of partnerships, and... 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

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

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

Collaborate with people all over the world to win contests on what to do about climate change.

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

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

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

What is the burden upon your feet? With sales of running and jogging shoes in the world averaging a nontrivial 25 billion shoes per year, or 34 million per day, the impact... 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

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

This paper describes a methodology for calculating a Material Circularity Indicator for manufactured products and companies. The prime purpose of this paper is to describe... Read More

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

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

Agriculture is expected to face increasing water risks that will impact production, markets, trade and food security - risks that can be mitigated with targeted policy... 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

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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. 

ARIES redefines ecosystem services assessment and valuation in decision-making. The ARIES approach to mapping benefits, beneficiaries, and service flows is a powerful new... Read More

The Definitive Sustainability Certification Program for Commercial TextilesFacts was developed to recognize contract textiles that conform to the rigors of the... 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

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

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

Child and forced labor in supply chains present serious and material risks to companies and industries. To help mitigate these risks, the U.S. Department of Labor presents... Read More

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Carbon Productivity Tool

Template / Workbook | Free | Jul 24, 2017

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

The Better Cotton initiative aims to improve the livelihood and economic development in cotton producing areas, reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and... Read More

The Reporting Guidance for Responsible Palm (bahasa indonesia version or Clic aquí para leer la Guía de Reporte para Palma Responsable en español) is a set of shared... 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 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

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

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BREEAM Communities

Template / Workbook | Paid

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

This is a tool for improving, measuring and certifying the sustainability of large-scale development plans. It provides a framework to support planners, local authorities,... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Guide illustrates the human rights anchorage of the 17 goals and provides concrete links between the 169 targets and the range of human rights instruments and labour... 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

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

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

Use this framework to discover and document climate hazards, then develop workable solutions to lower climate-related risks.Looking for climate data? Need to compile a... Read More