Governance Resources


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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

These principles have been developed under the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan in 2015 by the Networked Devices Task Group. These voluntary principles comprise are one... Read More

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

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Pivot Goals

Website | Free

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

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

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4-Part Startup Financing Workbooks

Template / Workbook | Free

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

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

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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

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

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Ecosphere+

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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

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

The 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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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GRESB Data

Framework | Free

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

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

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

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

This tool will help companies to meet their corporate responsibilities to respect human rights in the labour rights context, and report against these obligations. It sets... Read More

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CDP’s Climate Questionnaire

CDP
Template / Workbook | Free

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

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GRESB Infrastructure

Template / Workbook | Paid

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

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

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

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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

Overview of the TRUE Zero Waste certification process, including eligibility and fees (PDF). Download and review this free document to determine your project’s eligibility,... 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 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

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C40 Resources

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

C40 is proud to release a first-of-its kind dashboard allowing deeper exploration of the historical greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data of C40 cities reported in line with... Read More

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Carbon Footprint Calculators

Online carbon footprint calculator by Global Footprint Network.How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological... Read More

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

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

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...

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New Business Models Blueprint

Framework | Free | Mar 01, 2016

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

CO2 recovery systems for brewers. Pioneer Energy’s CO2 Craft Brewery Recovery System can recapture about five tons of carbon dioxide per month, enough for a brewery that... Read More

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

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 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

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

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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. 

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Accelerator

Suite of Tools | Free

See also the free "shareware" version: http://atkisson.com/acceleratorlite/ These tools have been used in many countries, in many settings, for many years. They are... Read More

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Accounting Blueprint

Framework | Free | Feb 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Investor Water Toolkit

Suite of Tools | Free | Dec 01, 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 HERproject Tool builder is an online tool to help public health professionals build accurate and culturally relevant training materials for different health... Read More

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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

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

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

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Good Jobs Scorecard

Template / Workbook | Free

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

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

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

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

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

The 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

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

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

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

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

We began making recycled polyester from plastic soda bottles in 1993–the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to transform trash into fleece. It was a positive step toward a... 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

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 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

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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.

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

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

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Higg Index

Framework | Free | Dec 26, 2014

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

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

Environmental Management System (EMS) An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a holistic strategy and process to identify, track and manage the environmental impacts of... 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

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

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

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

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

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The 3% Solution

Framework | Free | Jun 18, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This 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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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