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Operations management refers to the administration of business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible within an organization.
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Place-based Sustainability

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

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Helping Boards Face Climate Change

Ceres

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

Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs aims to inspire all business — regardless of size, sector, or geography — to take leading action in support of the... Read More...

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LEED professional credential

U.S. Green Building Council

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...

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

Greening Blue Jeans: Insights from a New Competitor Collaboration

Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)

A team of rivals is making the denim industry more sustainable. NBS research guides their collaboration.

The Business Case for Water Stewardship in 60 Seconds

CEO Water Mandate

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...

Reporting Guidance for Responsible Palm

Ceres

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...

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

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

This report is a first step towards a uniform mechanism for business to report on their contribution to and impact on the SDGs in an effective and comparable way. It... Read More...

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Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance

MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR)

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...

UNGC Water Maturity Progression

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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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HER Project Toolbuilder

BSR

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...

The Breakthrough Pitch

Project Breakthrough

Stretch the sustainability ambitions of your executive team. The Breakthrough Pitch is designed to help you stretch the sustainability ambitions of your company. Its... Read More...

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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...

Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship (2012)

CEO Water Mandate

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

A new agenda for the board of directors: Adoption and Oversight of Corporate Sustainability

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

Contains inspiration and recommendations for Boards of Directors on adoption and oversight of corporate sustainability.Global trends like climate change and population... Read More...

The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

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

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International WELL Building Institute

International Well Building Institute

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

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...

World Benchmarking Alliance – Benchmarking Companies as a Driver for Change

World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA)

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

Deforestation-free Supply Chains: Financial Impact for Brazilian Beef Production

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

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...

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The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability

Harvard Business Review (HBR)

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

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

Executive Guide to Carbon Pricing Leadership

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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...

Natural Capital - Risks and Opportunities

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Valuing natural capital and understanding environmental impact means business can manage risk downwards.

The Business Case for the Current SEC Shareholder Proposal Process

Ceres

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...

Value Driver Model: A Tool for Communicating the Value of Business Sustainability

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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...

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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...

Higg Index

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The Higg Index is the core driver of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). This groundbreaking suite of self-assessment tools empowers brands, retailers and facilities... Read More...

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Changing Fashion - The Clothing and Textile Industry at the Brink of Radical Transformation Environmental Rating and Innovation Report 2017

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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...

The Poverty Footprint – A People-centred Approach to Assessing Business Impacts on Sustainable Development

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), OXFAM

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...

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

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), BSR

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

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

NSF International Standard / American National Standard

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

Lead From the Top - Building Sustainability Competence On Corporate Boards

Ceres

Environmental and social issues are disruptive forces that companies—led by their boards—must keep at the forefront when assessing their business strategy. Today’s... Read More...

Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: A Guide for Customers and Suppliers

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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

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Private Sector Investment and Sustainable Development

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

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

Sustainability Reporting Playbook

Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)

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...

Water and Human Rights: Exploring the Roles and Responsibilities of Business (2009)

CEO Water Mandate, Institute for Human Rights and Business

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...

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

United Nations Global Compact

Showcases core business solutions to address global challenges. This compilation of case examples features Global Compact LEAD companies that have taken action to advance... Read More...

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SWP Toolkit: Improving Water Security

Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)

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...

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SDG Resource Center

RELX Group

The SDG Resource Centre showcases the latest in science, law, business, events and more that can help drive forward the SDGs, drawing on content from across the whole of... Read More...

The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability

BSR

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

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CDSB Climate Change Reporting Framework

Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)

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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Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights

John Ruggie

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...

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

European Commission

Developed as an EU-wide framework of core sustainability indicators for office and residential buildings, Level(s) is an Assessment Framework Aiming to Transform the... Read More...

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Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

Sloan Management Review (SMR)

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

State of the Apparel Sector Report on Water

Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel (GLASA), The Sustainable Business Group for the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA)

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...

NRDC’s 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution - A Practical Guide for Responsible Sourcing Version 2.0

Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)

To address the rapidly increasing global effect of this industry, in 2009 NRDC approached a group of multinational  apparel retailers and brands to create the Responsible... Read More...

The Textile Exchange Responsible Down Standard: What it Does, and What You Can Do

Textile Exchange

The down and feather used for insulation in consumer products is sourced from worldwide production and processing supply chains. As a result, retailers and consumers are... Read More...

It's time for a Fashion Revolution

Sarah Ditty - Fashion Revolution

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

Making of Making Powered by NIKE MSI

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

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

Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Danish Fashion Institute

Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world's most important conference on sustainability in fashion. It is a nonprofit biennial mega-event organized by Danish Fashion Institute.

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...

Critical aspects in design for fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles

Maria Elander & Hanna Ljungkvist

This report outlines critical aspects found for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling from a stakeholder’s perspective. The interviewed stakeholders from the fashion... Read More...

Cotton 2040: The Case for Action

Forum of the Future

To better understand the challenges ahead for the cotton industry, we developed a set of scenarios describing plausible future worlds for cotton in 2040.

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...

The Organic Content Standard

Textile Exchange

The Goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims. The  OCS  accomplishes  this  goal  by  verifying  the  presence  and  amount ... Read More...

Responsible Wool Standard

Textile Exchange

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS is a tool to ensure that wool comes... Read More...

RWS Farm Questions - DOWNLOAD EXCEL

Textile Exchange

The purpose of the initial questions are to help prepare for the audit as well as collecting information to help measure the impact of the RWS. Responsible Wool.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in a sustainable textile production.The ECO... Read More...

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is a comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares facilities along the textile chain for the requirements requested by the Detox... Read More...

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

OEKO-TEX®

The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for leather and leather articles of all levels of production.... Read More...

Clean by Design Initiative

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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

Yerdle Recommerce

Yerdle

We provide brands with the technology and logistics to develop white-label resale channels that take back control of the secondary market, deepening customer engagement and... Read More...

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI)

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)

The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) provides access to a large amount of relevant information about the impacts of material production used in the apparel,... Read More...

Fairtrade Textile Standard

Fairtrade

The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices.... Read More...

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group

The ZDHC Programme is creating a new standard in wastewater discharge that goes beyond regulatory compliance to ensure wastewater discharge does not adversely affect the... Read More...

Fixing Fashion Framework

Jess Berentson-Shaw - huffingtonpost

Drawing on this model from health we can propose a framework for fixing fashion - a framework where solutions to achieve a sustainable fashion industry (both those that are... Read More...

2017 Ethical Fashion Report

Baptist World Aid Australia

The Ethical Fashion Report sheds light on what the industry and individual companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. Each report – since... Read More...

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Version 5 .0

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

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

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA)

Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA)

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

CO - Common Objective

CO - Common Objective

At CO, our mission is simple. We're dedicated to supporting fashion people to do better business. Better for people, better for profits and better for the planet. That's... Read More...

Wet Processing Benchmark

Made-By

The MADE-BY Wet Processing Benchmark, developed in cooperation with Systainable Solutions, uses actual data to bring transparency and drive change. Using field data from... Read More...

Fashion x Water

Zady

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

The Detox Catwalk 2016

Greenpeace

Greenpeace launched its “Detox My Fashion” campaign in July 2011 to address this problem, asking the textile industry to urgently take responsibility for its contribution... Read More...

Detox Catwalk 2016 – Performance Results of Selected Apparel Companies

Greenpeace

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

Fashion Transparency Index 2017

Fashion Revolution

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

Getting to Know Alpaca

Zady

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

Polyester Standard

Zady

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

Scaling Corporate Action on WASH in Supply Chains – White Paper (2016)

CEO Water Mandate, the WBCSD, and WaterAid

Primary Functions:Provides an overview of challenges and approaches that companies take to scaling action on WASH in their supply chainsLays out potential next steps for... Read More...

SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD

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

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

Water Stewardship in Sustainable Agriculture (2013)

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform

Primary Functions:Learn about and implement effective water stewardship actions specific to agricultureSAI Platform, the global initiative helping food and drink companies... 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...

Well dressed?

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

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

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment

WRAP

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

The Truth About Cashmere

Zady

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

Valuing our Clothes

WRAP

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

Love Your Clothes (LYC)

WRAP

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

Textile Technology Business Center

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

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

PaCT Advantage

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

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

Textile Sustainability Platform

Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT)

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

Better Mills Initiative in China

Solidaridad, H&M

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

Bring It campaign

H&M

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

Plan A 2025 Commitments: An ambitious customer focused sustainability Plan

MARKS AND SPENCER GROUP PLC

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

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies (SMART)

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

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

Sandra Roos

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

Cotton 2040: Proposals for cross-industry workstreams to mainstream sustainable cotton

Forum of the Future

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

The New Balance Restricted Substances Manual (RSM)

New Balance

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

List of Regulated Substances under the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule provides a List of Regulated Substances under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. This includes their synonyms and threshold quantities... Read More...

Introduction to the Chemicals Management Module

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

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

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

The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group

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

Meeting Customers’ Needs for Chemical Data

Green Chemistry & Commerce Council

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...

Restricted Substances List

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

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

CSR Benchmarking Survey Reports

American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)

The AAFA Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Benchmarking Survey Report provides AAFA member companies with a barometer of how its company's CSR programs compare to the... Read More...

Chemistry for Any Weather Supplemental Report

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Chemicals Management Working Group

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

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

EPD® System

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

Greenhouse Gas Protocol - PDF DOWNLOAD

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

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

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ISO 14001:2015

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to... Read More...

Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Natural Capital Coalition

The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help generate trusted, credible, and actionable information for business managers to inform decisions.The Protocol... Read More...

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...

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...

Resources for Embedding Sustainability

Embedding Project

The Embedding Project has prepared a curated selection of the most relevant tools and resources to help you better embed sustainability into your company. You can view a... Read More...

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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...

Manual for Implementation of Global Organic Textile Standard

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS)

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

NRDC’s 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution Version 2.0

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

A practical guide for responsible sourcingIn homes spread the globe over hang curtains at windows and clothing in closets made in developing countries like China, India and... Read More...

The Business Benefits of Sustainability

Everblu

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

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Commercial Climate Calculator

Cal Recycle

The Commercial Climate Calculator (Excel, 584 KB), (sometimes known as the C3) helps businesses assess the financial, climate, and environmental benefits of reducing waste... Read More...

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Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Table

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

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

GSCP - Social Reference Code

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

The GSCP Reference Tools compile best corporate practices for managing sustainable supply chains.This tool, the GSCP Reference Code, sets out best industry codes of conduct... Read More...

Ethical Trading Initiative Code

Ethical Trading Initiative

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

Brand Performance Check Guide 2016

Fair Wear Standard (FWF)

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

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

The Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

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

Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

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

Compliance Criteria for the Factory Standard for Apparel and Home Goods

Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)

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

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

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

This publication helps to relate the social responsibility guidance given in ISO 26000 to the reporting guidance provided by GRI. In particular, this publication provides... Read More...

Social Fingerprint

Social Accountability International (SAI)

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

ELEVATE Responsible Sourcing Management Model

ELEVATE

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

The Global Recycled Standard

Textile Exchange

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

The Content Claim Standard

Textile Exchange

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...

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Audit Protocol

Road Map to Zero

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

Global Efluent Guidelines

Levi Strauss & Co.

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

Wet Processing Tool

Made-By

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

Made-by DETOX package

Made-By

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

MODE Tracker

Made-By

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

Mapping Materials

Zady

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

Getting to Know Cotton

Zady

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

Getting to Know Wool

Zady

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

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

United Nations (UN)

This document describes the classification criteria and the hazard communication elements by type of hazard (e.g. acute toxicity; flammability). In addition, decision... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Program - Environmental Reference Requirements

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

Global Social Compliance Program - Reference tool on Supply Chain Social Performance Management Systems

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

Global Social Compliance Programme - Reference tool for Auditing Competence

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

ELECTRONIC INDUSTRY CITIZENSHIP COALITION® CODE OF CONDUCT

Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)

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

Getting to Know Linen

Zady

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

Fashion x Forests

Zady

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

Fashion x Corruption

Zady

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

Fashion x Animals

Zady

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

Fashion x Soil

Zady

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

Fashion x Toxicity

Zady

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

Closed Loop, A Primer

Zady

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

EPA SmartWay Shippers

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA’s SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and freight transportation efficiency. Launched in 2004, this... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Program - Audit Process and Methodology Reference tools

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

Global Social Compliance Program - Environmental Implementation Guidelines

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

Global Social Compliance Programme - Reference tool on Social & Labour Management Systems for Suppliers

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

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

International Wool Textile Organization

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

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI)

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

Global Fashion Agenda

Danish Fashion Institute (DAFI)

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

Mistra Future Fashion

Mistra

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

Responsible Wool Standard - Implementation Manual 1.0

Textile Exchange

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

MSI Package

Brown and Wilmanns Environmental

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

Solution paper: From cotton to counter

ChainPoint

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

Canopy- CanopyStyle Audit

Canopy and the Rainforest Alliance

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

Animal Derived Materials (ADM) Policy

VF Corporation

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

Made-By

Made-By

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

Environmental Benchmark for Fibres

Made-By

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

WeAre SpinDye: new dyeing technology

SpinDye®

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

Healthcare Delivery in RMG Factories in Bangladesh: What are the Missed Opportunities?

BSR Group, Her Project

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...

Sustainability in the leather supply chain

Ernst & Young MVO Nederland

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

Material flows in the life cycle of leather

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

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

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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

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Life Cycle Assessment: Principles and Practice

Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

The following document provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and describes the general uses and major components of LCA. This document is an... 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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Chemical Guidance Document

AFIRM Group

In order to comply with brand requirements and government regulations, suppliers of textile and leather products must be able to identify the potential negative impacts... Read More...

WHO Human Health Risk Assessment Toolkit: Chemical Hazards

World Health Organization (WHO)

The purpose of the WHO Human Health Risk Assessment Toolkit: Chemical Hazards is to provide its users with guidance to identify, acquire and use the information needed to... Read More...

Review of methods addressing freshwater use in life cycle inventory and impact assessment

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

In recent years, several methods have been developed which propose different freshwater use inventory schemes and impact assessment characterization models considering... Read More...

Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation: An Evaluation of its Provisions, Administration, and Impact, 1998

The Council of State Governments

In 1990, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors presented to the Northeastern states Model Legislation designed to phase out the use of mercury, lead, cadmium, and... Read More...

Business Model Innovation through Second Hand Retailing

Journal of Corporate Citizenship

The issue of business model innovation for sustainability is becoming increasingly relevant for fashion companies. This paper investigates how the resell of a fashion... Read More...

Global Social Compliance Programme - Reference Environmental Audit Process & Methodology

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

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...

Outdoor Industry Association Fair Labor Code of Conduct

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

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

Social Accountability 8000 International Standard

Social Accountability International (SAI)

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...

The SocioLog.dx Experience: A Global Expert Study on Sustainable Fashion

Mistra Future Fashion

In May 2013, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in collaboration with GfK (Growth from Knowledge), conducted a global expert study on sustainable fashion, which is... Read More...

Greening street-level procurement practice in highly decentralised systems: the case of Sweden

Mistra Future Fashion

This article investigates the every-day street-level practice of green public procurement (GPP) in Sweden, a country with one of the most decentralised systems of public... Read More...

Is Unbleached Cotton Better Than Bleached? Exploring the Limits of Life-Cycle Assessment in the Textile Sector

Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)

The applicability of life-cycle assessment (LCA) for the textile industry is discussed with a special focus on environmental impact from chemicals. Together with issues of... Read More...

Environmental assessment of Swedish fashion consumption: Five garments – sustainable futures

Mistra Future Fashion

The Mistra Future Fashion research program was created to deliver knowledge and solutions that the Swedish fashion industry and its stakeholders can use to improve the... Read More...

A New ‘T’ for Textiles: Up skilling design researchers to inspire Buying Office staff towards sustainability at Hennes and Mauritz (H&M)

University of the Arts London, Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

The paper is based on a training programme given to researchers in the Textiles Environment Design (TED) project at the University of the Arts London (UAL). The programme... Read More...

A life cycle assessment (LCA)-based approach to guiding an industry sector towards sustainability: the case of the Swedish apparel sector

Chalmers University of Technology (CUT)

The environmental challenges associated with consumption of textiles have generally been investigated on product level in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies. For social... Read More...

Hotspot identification in the clothing industry using social life cycle assessment—opportunities and challenges of input-output modeling

Chalmers University of Technology (CUT), Research Institute of Sweden (RISE)

Purpose A cradle-to-gate, input/output-based social life cycle assessment (SLCA) was conducted using the Swedish clothing consumption as a case study. The aim was to... Read More...

D4.4 Report on washability of developed products

Mistra Future Fashion

In this study, 16 different materials have been evaluated regarding washing performances, including some tests conducted with the non convention CelluNova material prototype. 

Critical aspects in design for fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute

As a part of Mistra Future Fashion Phase 2 critical aspects for increased fiber-to-fiber recycling of textiles were identified from stakeholder's perspectives. The aspects... Read More...

State of the Art in research on 'Policy for Future Fashion'

Mistra Future Fashion

The report considers and summarises policy suggestions and proposals that range from specific to broad brush proposals. The material assessed includes academic research,... Read More...

Base Code Guidance: Working Hours

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance on implementing the clause on working hours. It is primarily aimed at retailers and brands that want to ensure... Read More...

Base Code Guidance: Living Wages

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

Through this guide , we share what companies can do to create the enabling conditions for the payment of living wages, in line with their commitment to the ETI Base Code.... Read More...

Identifying, managing, mitigating, and preventing forced labor and modern slavery

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The paper aims to clarify the concepts and issues, the actors and the options for addressing the challenges in preventing, managing and mitigating forced and slave labour... Read More...

ETI Impact Assessment Part 2a: Findings and recommendations from a case study in India (garments)

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This document is relevant to all those involved in monitoring and improving labour conditions in the export garment sector in India, including retailers and brands, agents... Read More...

Bangladesh Social Dialogue Programme Executive Summary

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This summary sets out the impact the social dialogue programme has had to date, following a recent independent evaluation. In short, the programme has been shown to:Improve... Read More...

Integrating Ethical Trade Principles into Core Business Practices - An Introductory Toolkit

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This introductory guide has been developed by the Ethical Trading Initiative to support internal teams to begin the process of integrating ethical trade principles into... Read More...

Building good labor relations through collective consultation - Guidance for Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) for Guangdong Province,China

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This guidance takes buyers and suppliers through each of the steps involved in the procedure for collective consultation, from preparation through to implementation.1 It... Read More...

EXPLORING THE SHARING ECONOMY

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Despite the growing interest on the part of proponents and opponents - ranging from business,civil society, media, to policy-makers alike - there is still limited knowledge... Read More...

Sustainability innovators and anchor draggers: a global expert study on sustainable fashion

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

The purpose of this paper is to explore current barriers and opportunities for sustainability in the fashion industry. The paper is based on a study among 36 fashion... Read More...

Post-retail responsibility of garments – a fashion industry perspective

Copenhagen Business School (CSB), Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA)

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...

Global Reporting Inititiative (GRI)

Global Reporting Inititiative (GRI)

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

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

Sustainability Scorecard

Gib Hedstrom

The Sustainability Scorecard™ is a comprehensive assessment and planning tool. Executives use the Scorecard to answer three simple questions: 1) How do we stack up today... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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Towards Sustainability in the Oil and Gas Sector: Benchmarking of Environmental, Health, and Safety Efforts

Jennifer Schneider

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the maturity of environmental, health and safety (EHS) efforts and progress toward sustainability in the oil and gas sector. Ten... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

UNGC Life Cycle Management Maturity Project

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)

The Capability Maturity Model or Framework is about communication and training on organization of life cycle management in global value chains.

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

RILA’S 2017 Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model (XLS) Worksheet - DOWNLOAD

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

The Model Worksheet allows you to document your existing practices, opportunities for growth, next steps, and owners of those next steps. You will designate the practices... Read More...

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Science-Based Targets Case Study: Coca-Cola Enterprises

Science Based Targets

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) manufactures, sells and distributes Coca-Cola products across eight countries in Western Europe. “The Paris Climate Change Agreement provides a... Read More...

Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool

The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government, working in conjunction with the Scottish Cities Alliance and on behalf of Scotland’s Cities, has commissioned consultants to jointly develop a... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

The Sustainability Consortium Toolkits

The Sustainability Consortium

The toolkits are designed to facilitate decision-making by retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers along the value chain, with an emphasis on impact and improving product... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

UNGC Roadmap for Sustainability

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

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...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

EPRI Maturity Model

EPRI

This report details the initial phase of development of the Electric Power Sustainability Maturity Model (EPSMM). This phase of development defined the structure of the... Read More...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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...

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...

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. 

Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance

BSR Group

This toolkit is designed to be used in the textile and garment sectors in India but might also be applicable in other export-oriented industries that employ large numbers... Read More...

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa: Recommendations for the Apparel Sector

BSR Group

This brief provides recommendations for apparel companies to advance women’s economic empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This brief was developed alongside the BSR... Read More...

Ethiopia’s Emerging Apparel Industry: Options for Better Business and Women’s Empowerment in a Frontier Market

BSR Group, Her Project

This paper is based on interviews that took place between September 2016 and March 2017 with a number of apparel industry stakeholders including buyers, suppliers, business... Read More...

The Paris Agreement: What it Means for Business

We Mean Business, BSG Group, DLA Piper, NewClimate Institute

This report is the post-Paris counterpart to The Business Brief. After translating the We Mean Business coalition’s policy asks for government negotiators, we now translate... Read More...

Child Labor in Myanmar’s Garment Sector: Challenges and Recommendations

BSR Group

This report explains the context of child labor in Myanmar, both across sectors and specifically for garment manufacturing. Because there is no comprehensive data on the... Read More...

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

BSR Group

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

Ethical trade and the SDGs

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The purpose of this report is:To explain how the SDGs (sustainable development goals) are relevant to ethical trade and workers’ rights, particularly SDG 8 and other key... Read More...

Base Code Guidance: Child Labor

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

This guidance is intended to help businesses understand child labour and the responsibilities of companies to embed the application of ETI’s Base Code Clause 4 in their... Read More...

Restricted Substances List ("RSL")

Levi Strauss & Co.

LS&CO. is committed to conducting its business in an environmentally sustainable manner that protects consumers, workers, the environment, and the LS&CO. brands. We... Read More...

Restricted Substance List (RSL)

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

This Restricted Substance List (RSL) is intended to provide apparel and footwear companies with information related to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain... Read More...

AccountAbility Standards

AccountAbility

AccountAbility’s AA1000 Series of Standards are principles-based Standards and Frameworks used by a broad spectrum of organizations – global businesses, private... Read More...

A Practical Perspective on Water Accounting in the Beverage Industry (2011)

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)

Understand and implement water accounting practices given specific circumstances of the beverage industryA Practical Perspective on Water Accounting in the Beverage Sector... Read More...

Breede Catchment Water Stewardship Programme – Summary Report (2016)

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Learn about successes and key lessons learnt during 2015 and 2016 from the water-related projects in the upper Breede catchment in the Western Cape of South AfricaThis 50... Read More...

Supply Chain Water Guidance for Responding Companies 2016

CDP

This document should be read by anyone responding to CDP’s 2016 supply chain information request,regardless of whether you have responded to CDP before. It contains... Read More...

Chemicals Management Module (2015)

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve your chemicals management processes and thus reduce water pollutionThe Chemicals Management Module is a roadmap for... Read More...

Efficiency in Water Use. Guidance Document for the Upstream Onshore Oil and Gas Industry. (2014)

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

Identify and assess potential measures to improve water efficiencyThe guidance presents a systematic process for the onshore oil and gas industry to identify and assess... Read More...

Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation (2014)

CEO Water Mandate

Learn about the global sanitation crisis and how it undermines business viabilityDetermine steps your company can promote improved access to sanitation at the workplace and... Read More...

Exploring the Case for Corporate Context-Based Water Targets (2017)

CEO Water Mandate

Makes the case to develop guidance for companies seeking to employ meaningful water metrics and targetsThis discussion paper documents the initial thinking of CDP, UN... Read More...

Global Water Tool by WBCSD

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The WBCSD Global Water Tool (GWT) is a free online module that helps companies compare their water use, wastewater discharge, and facility information with validated... Read More...

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Guidance for Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (2015)

CEO Water Mandate

This new guidance tool from the CEO Water Mandate and Shift (https://www.shiftproject.org/) helps companies (particularly heavy water users) translate their responsibility... Read More...

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Guide to Managing Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives (2015)

CEO Water Mandate and the Water Integrity Network (WIN)

Primary Functions:Understand and identify potential integrity risks to your water stewardship initiative (WSI)Determine how to structure WSIs so as to proactively prevent... Read More...

Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy (2011)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF, Water Witness International, Pegasys

Primary Functions:Understand how poor water governance can undermine your businessLearn about the five core principles of responsible engagementDetermine how your company... Read More...

Guide to Water-Related Collective Action (2012)

CEO Water Mandate, Ross Strategic, Pegasys, Water Futures Partnership

Primary Functions:Understand the various types of engagement and collective action modelsDetermine when collective action is helpful and necessaryLearn how to prepare for... Read More...

Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (2016)

Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, International Tourism Partnership

Primary Functions:The Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI) is a methodology and tool to enable hotels measure and report on water use in a consistent way. It was... Read More...

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Hotel Water Measurement Initiative Methodology & Tool (2016)

International Tourism Partnership

Primary Functions:Allows hotel managers to calculate the amount of water used per occupied room (and per guest night, where data are available) and per area of meeting... Read More...

ICMM Position Statement on Water Stewardship (2017)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Sets out ICMM members’ approach to water stewardshipElucidates key principles for water stewardship in the context of mining and metalsThis position... Read More...

ICMM’s Practical Guide to Consistent Water Reporting (2017)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Defines an appropriate set of standardized water reporting metrics for the mining and metals industryOutlines the minimum disclosure standard for member... Read More...

Identifying and Assessing Water Sources (2014) - DOWNLOAD

IPIECA

Primary Functions:Select water sources that best meet project needs within the broader context of local or regional water managementThis guide presents a systematic process... Read More...

International Water Stewardship Standard & Guidance (2014)

Alliance for Water Stewardship

Primary Functions:Commit to, understand, plan, implement, evaluate, and communicate water stewardship actions at facility-levelThe AWS International Water Stewardship... Read More...

IWRM Data Portal (2015)

UNEP-DHI Partnership

Primary Functions:Examine the progress of IWRM implementation within the individual countries and track the global progress towards better management of  water... Read More...

WULCA Life Cycle Assessment tool for Water (2009)

International Standards Organization (ISO): ISO 14040/ ISO 14044, Water footprint: ISO 14046

Primary Functions:Make cross-media environmental assessments that consider water consumption and pollution in comparison with other environmental impactsImplement mature... Read More...

Local Water Tool (2012)

Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)

Primary Functions:Quantify water-related impacts caused by facilityQuantify facility’s exposure to water-related riskIdentify helpful management responseGEMI Local Water... Read More...

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...

Pathways to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Related to Water and Sanitation: An Experience from India (2015)

CEO Water Mandate, Hindustan Unilever Foundation

Primary Functions:Learn about collaborative efforts to advance water stewardship and achieve Sustainable Development Goal #6 from Hindustan Unilever Foundation’s portfolio... Read More...

Private sector and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (2015)

Overseas Development Institute

Primary Functions:Learn how your company can engage in support of universal access to and use of WASHIdentify actionable to encourage catalytic forms of engagement between... Read More...

Global Water Tool for Oil and Gas

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

This customized version of the WBCSD Global Water Tool, which has been piloted by 15 global oil and gas companies, has been developed by IPIECA in collaboration with WBCSD... Read More...

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Review of Water Risk Tools. Guidance Document for the Oil and Gas Industry (2013)

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

Primary Functions:Select the most appropriate water risk tools for your oil and gas company’s business needsThis guidance document provides a summary and explanation of... Read More...

Serving the Public Interest: Corporate Water Stewardship and Sustainable Development (2015)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF, WaterAid

Primary Functions:Understand how your business can contribute to SDG Goal #6Identify risks associated with SDG engagementsIn 2000, when the UN agreed to the eight global... Read More...

South African Mine Water Atlas (2017)

South African Water Research Commission

Primary Functions:Shows the critical interplay between mining and water resources in South AfricaThe South African Mine Water Atlas is a comprehensive reference on the... Read More...

Southeast Asia Apparel Water Action – Summary Report (2011)

CEO Water Mandate, UN Environment Programme

Primary Functions:Learn good practices for water management in the apparel sector

The IPIECA Water Management Framework for Onshore Oil and Gas Activities (2013)

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)

Primary Functions:Learn good water management practices specific to the Oil & Gas industryIPIECA’s framework for water management in onshore oil and gas activities has... Read More...

The Water Network (2015)

AquaSPE

Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content,... Read More...

Understanding “Sufficiency” in Water-Related Collective Action (2014)

CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy, CDP

Primary Functions:Assess river basin “sufficiency” so as to understand how much and what type of collective action is neededMore information at website: ... Read More...

WASH in the Workplace Self-Assessment Tool (2014) - DOWNLOAD (.XLSX)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Primary Functions:Assess the current status of access to safe WASH at the workplace in a given facilitySupport decision-making regarding investments and priority actionsThe... Read More...

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Water Action Hub (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Put your water projects on the mapIdentify and connect with potential collective action partnersLearn about water stewardship projects

Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High-Risk Areas (2013)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Understand the nature of water challenges in conflict and high-risk areasGain insight into how these challenges affect business and societyThis report... Read More...

Water Disclosure 2.0 (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Primary Functions:Understand early corporate water disclosure practiceThis Mandate study compiles and analyzes the water-related information provided in the Corporate... Read More...

Water Efficiency Toolkit (2014)

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), AT&T, Global Environmental Management Institute (GEMI)

Primary Functions:Build your own program to reduce water and energy use in buildings—and save money in the processAssess your company’s water efficiency and create... Read More...

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Water Footprint Assessment (2012)

Water Footprint Network

Primary Functions:Inform “big picture” strategic planningIdentify at what stage within the value chain the water footprint is in a hotspotBuild awareness among public

Water Impact Index – WIIX (2012)

Veolia Water, Growing Blue

Primary Functions:Quantify the impact of companies’ water use and wastewater discharge on local water resources in terms of quality, quantity, and scarcity/stress.Given the... Read More...

Water Management in Mining: A Selection of Case Studies (2012)

International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Learn about effective water stewardship practices  in the mining & metals industry from real-life examplesThe mining and metals industry has developed... Read More...

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...

Water Scarcity Solutions (2015)

2030 Water Resources Group

Primary Functions:Learn about existing water risk solutions to inform your own approachesIn collaboration with Arup, WRG has developed a new web tool that compiles and... Read More...

Water Stewardship Framework (2014)

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Primary Functions:Develop and implement a robust water stewardship approach specific to the mining & metals industryICMM’s Water stewardship framework outlines a common... Read More...

Water Stewardship in the Beverage Industry (2016)

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Ceres, World Resources Institute

Primary Functions:Guide and inspire companies to continually improve on matters related to water stewardshipOutline water stewardship essentials for the beverage... 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...