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Make the business case to generate internal buy in and support of sustainability initiatives. Begin with valuation to quantify the economic reasons for the project, then engage with decision-makers to build internal support by demonstrating the benefits of moving forward.
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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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The Business Case for Sustainability

BrightWorks

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...

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Business Case Examples: Environmental Issues

Solution Matrix LLC

Case studies of environmental business cases.

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Business Guide to Water Valuation: an Introduction to Concepts and Techniques

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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...

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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Human Rights Due Diligence Framework

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

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...

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 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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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.

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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...

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...

3Pillars S-ROI Software

EarthShift

Software that calculates the business case for sustainability

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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...

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...

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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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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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...

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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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...

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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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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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...

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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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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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...

Green IT Maturity Model

Flskze Ckzil

This paper introduces a green IT maturity model for assessment of green IT services.

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Business Models for Sustainability

SustainAbility

The idea of business model innovation ' that a company could launch a new business model never conceived of before, or transform an existing business model ' has long... 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...

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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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...

Water Calculation Tool for the Textile Wet Processing Sector

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), DNV GL

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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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...

C-ROADS Climate Change Policy Simulator

Climate Interactive

C-ROADS is a free, award-winning computer simulator that helps people understand the long-term climate impacts of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. You can use... Read More...

REFOCUS

REFOCUS

Founded on the principle that sustainability offers a more complete management lens with the potential to significantly advance how well organizations perform, REFOCUS... Read More...

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2017 Retail Energy Management Leadership Model

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

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...

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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...

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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RILA’S 2017 Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

The Model is a tool for retail sustainability executives to identify the management practices that will drive improved corporate and environmental performance.The Model is... Read More...

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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...

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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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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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...

Mind the Science

CDP

A report outlining what science says business needs to do to tackle climate change.  Report writing: Mark Nichollswww.wemeanbusinesscoalition.orgLead author and... Read More...

CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies

Fiber Technologies International, Inc

Natural fiber producer CRAiLAR Fiber Technologies launched a groundbreaking new policy in which it pledges to only source agricultural residues to create next-generation... Read More...

Retail Employee Engagement for Sustainability

Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)

The RILA Retail Employee Engagement Report highlights successful employee engagement in the retail sector.  This resource provides a first look at the retail industry’s... Read More...

Zero Waste Textile Initiative to Keep Apparel, Footwear, Linens Out of the Landfill

City and County of San Francisco

The Zero Waste Textile Initiative encouraging residents and businesses to recycle unwanted apparel, footwear and other textiles at an event at Westfield San Francisco... Read More...

Closing and Slowing the Loop

Greenpeace

Innovative business models in the textile sector – an overview This summary does not attempt to present an exhaustive list of examples, but focuses instead on giving an... 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...

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...

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.

Pietra Rivoli

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a critically-acclaimed narrative that illuminates the globalization debates and reveals the key factors to success in... 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...

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...

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...

Better Business, Better World: The Business Case for the Sustainable Development Goals (2017)

Business & Sustainable Development Commission

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched in Davos in January 2016, aims to map the economic prize that could be available to business if the UN... 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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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...

Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 2: Indicators Release 1

Future-Fit Foundation

This is an in-depth, technical guide, presenting a set of Key Fitness Indicators that aim to help companies assess their progress toward each Future-Fit Goal.

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...

The Cradle to Cradle Case for Good Business Executive Summary

Cradle to Cradle Certified

While the increasing number of companies embracing the Cradle to Cradle concept and the fast-growing number of certified products are important measures of success, until... 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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Tata Steel: The Business Case for Product Sustainability

thinkstep

The Business Case for Product Sustainability. Through LCA Tata Steel is able to understand the impacts and benefits across the life cycle.

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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...

Water Risk and Action Framework

CEO Water Mandate

The WRAF was first developed by IWaSP in 2013 and has since been updated with international best practices and lessons learnt from projects implemented at the community... Read More...

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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...

From Footprint to Public Policy – The Business Future for Addressing Water Issues (2009)

CEO Water Mandate

Understand basis for corporate action to advance sustainable water management “beyond the fenceline”.This paper illustrates an emerging “roadmap” of water risk... 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...

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...

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...

Startup Financial Model

Startup Financial Model

We've built what we believe is the finest business planning tool available (and our customers agree) and we want to put it in your hands at a price you can afford. 

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Youth Fashion Summit

Danish Fashion Institute

Youth Fashion Summit (YFS) is a platform that gathers students from around the world to discuss and engage in driving Sustainable Fashion forward. By dreaming the future,... 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...

After the Binge, the Hangover: International Fashion Consumption Survey

Greenpeace

A new survey, commissioned by Greenpeace, of the shopping habits of people in Europe and Asia finds that regularly buying too many clothes, shoes, bags and accessories has... 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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Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management (2013)

CEO Water Mandate, WWF

Primary Functions:Learn more about the possible role of the private sector in advancing sustainable water management

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...

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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Business Case Calculator for Energy & Water Efficiency Improvements

Road Map Business Case Template

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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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Sustainability and Leadership Competencies for Business Leaders

BSR

It has become a truism among sustainability advocates that commitment needs to start at the top, or at the very least the CEO needs to 'buy in' for real change to have a... Read More...

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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