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Know Your Investor

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An important step in understanding who you are as an investor is knowing how much risk you are willing to take. Every investment has some amount of risk. The higher the potential return, the higher the risk. There is no such thing as a high return, risk-free investment, so if you want higher returns you have to be prepared to take on the risks that go along with them.

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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...

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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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...

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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Principles for Sustainable Investment (PRI)

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

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

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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. 

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

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

Ceres

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

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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4-Part Startup Financing Workbooks

MaRS

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

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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BREEAM Communities

BRE

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...

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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...

Water Risk Hotspots for Agriculture

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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

The 3 Principle Sources of Funding Every Startup Needs

Entrepreneur.com

Overview of equity, debt, and bootstrapping.

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The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability

Ceres

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

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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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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...

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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Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape

Elsevier, SciDevNet

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...

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...

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...

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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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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Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5)

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development

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...

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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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...

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.

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

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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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...

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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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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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...

Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool

Trucost

Carbon pricing is set to feature prominently in global efforts to address climate change, with carbon prices already implemented in many countries and regions. To help... Read More...

Supporting your CEO and their Decision-Making around Sustainability

Embedding Project

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

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...

The Sustainability Fundamentals - Fashion

The Sustainable Fashion Academy

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

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...

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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...

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Textiles & Apparel Sector

G&A Institute

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Textiles & Apparel Sector... Read More...

Forest Derived Materials (FDM) Policy

VF Corporation

This forestry policy covers the sustainable and responsible use of forest products, to avoid the issues associated with deforestation and forest degradation including:-... Read More...

Ethical Fashion Guide - Behind the Barcode Report

Baptist World Aid Australia

The Ethical Fashion Guide is a companion to the 2017 Ethical Fashion Report. Use it to help you make everyday, ethical purchasing decisions. Take it with you when you shop... Read More...

A SNAPSHOT OF CHANGE: One Year of Fashion Loved by Forests

Canopy

Two years ago, the issue of ancient forests disappearing into fabric wasn’t really on anyone’s  radar. One year ago, after significant research into the issue, Canopy... 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...

Sustainability and enterprise risk management: The first step towards integration

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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

Essensus Tool

Essensus

We support companies to mature sustainability integration into their core business, product development and related processes. By understanding their current maturity,... Read More...

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Footwear Consumer 2030: Incorporating Global Trends to Foresight Footwear Market

World Footwear

A study reflecting on the main global consumer trends with special attention to the key changes for the footwear industry and the foreseeable impacts on companies, brands... Read More...

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...

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...

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Stars

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their... Read More...

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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...

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WBCSD Vision 2050 Roadmap - PDF DOWNLOAD

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Vision 2050 outlines a pathway to reach a sustainable global society by 2050, in which the earth’s 9 billion people live well and within the limits of the planet. The... Read More...

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The global apparel value chain, trade and the crisis: challenges and opportunities for developing countries

World Bank

This paper examines the impact of two crises on the global apparel value chain: the World Trade Organization phase-out of the quota system for textiles and apparel in 2005,... Read More...

CEO Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGsThe World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched the... Read More...

DJSI Sustainability Assesment

Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) launched in 1999, are a family of indices evaluating the sustainability performance of the largest 2,500 companies listed on the... Read More...

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Sustainable cotton pilot project

Jim Steadman

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

The Global Opportunity Explorer

Sustainia, DNV GL, and the UN Global Compact

The Global Opportunity Explorer is a platform which offers direct access to the most innovative solutions and market opportunities.Rooted in over five years of research... Read More...

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...

Better Work

International Labour Organization (ILO), International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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

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...

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...

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...

In Search of the Hybrid Ideal

SSIR

In the first large-scale, quantitative study of nascent social entrepreneurs, researchers from Harvard Business School and Echoing Green examine the rise of hybrid... Read More...

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Investing in Breakthrough CVC

Volans

The result of a research project undertaken to better understand how some corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are investing in deals that provide both financial return as... Read More...

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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...

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...

Reporting Blueprint

Reporting 3.0

The Reporting Blueprint is the first pillar of the Reporting 3.0 work ecosystem and sets the scene for the other Blueprints to follow. It It analyses disclosure needs from... Read More...

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8 Things You Need to Know About Raising Venture Capital

Entrepreneur.com

Tips for raising VC.

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The Difference Between Angel Investment and Venture Capital

Venture Spring

Article on the difference between angel investment and venture capital.

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Sustainable clothing: A practical guide to enhancing clothing durability and quality

WRAP

The Sustainable Clothing Guide is a practical guide to help brands and retailers to enhance the durability and quality of the clothing they produce.

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...

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...

Sustainability Advantage Ultbook

Sustainability Advantage

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

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The Natural Capital Protocol

Natural Capital Coalition (NCC)

The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help business managers identify, measure, and value impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The Protocol... Read More...

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B-Corp Assessment

B-Corp

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Full... Read More...

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CDP

CDP

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental... Read More...

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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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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...

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...

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...

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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ISO 26000 and the International Integrated Reporting (IR) Framework

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Both ISO 26000 and the International Integrated Reporting <IR>  encourage organizations to consider how their strategy, operations and governance work together to... Read More...

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...

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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...

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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...

Fashion for Good

Fashion for Good

Plug and Play–Fashion for Good is a 12-week startup accelerator based in Amsterdam focused on social and environmental impact within the fashion industry.The accelerator is... 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.

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...

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

Future-Fit Foundation

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

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