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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

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

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Investor Water Toolkit

Suite of Tools | Free | Nov 30, 2017

The Investor Water Toolkit is the first-ever comprehensive resource to evaluate and act on water risks in investment portfolios. This ‘how-to’ guide includes links to... Read More

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

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

In response to water crises across the globe, data on biophysical conditions associated with water risk have increasingly been collected and understood. However, a complete... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

A context-based metric for assessing the ecological sustainability of an organization’s water use.Based on the context-based approach to sustainability measurement and... Read More

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The green supply chain map is a leadership initiative dedicated to showcasing brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and environmental management. It openly links... Read More

The aim of this module is to assist forest managers, forest policymakers and decision-makers, urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, private landowners and other... Read More

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

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

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

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

This guidance was developed through a consensus process by the SAC’s Metrics Working Group, and conforms to international standards (the ISO 14040 and 14020 series). It is... 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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

There is no single accepted framework exists to enable organizations to assess and report their “circularity.”  This website explains the metrics presented in the Circular... Read More

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

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The Athena Project

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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

The Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE) is a single entry point for data and information on biodiversity supporting the implementation of the EU strategy and... Read More

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

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On a mission to scale up climate action and transform landscapes and livelihoods by placing a value on the ecosystem services that support our planet and creating a demand... Read More

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

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

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

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

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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

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.

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

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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

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

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

Datamaran is the world’s leading NLP business intelligence tool. ESG risks, materiality assessment, trends and benchmarking in seconds. Try it free now.

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

Retailers are sometimes asked by internal and external stakeholders to report on their sustainability efforts and accomplishments. This matrix provides an initial overview... Read More

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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

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

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

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

Launched in June 2011 as a joint project of Ceres and Tellus Institute, both non-profit research and educational entities, the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Business Case Resources

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

The 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

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Carbon Footprint Calculators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

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

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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. 

Research shows companies can engage community groups in three main ways. This guide is based on more than 200 studies and is designed to help small...

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

While food waste is hardly a new phenomenon, the private and public sectors alike have only recently emphasized food waste as a critical material to manage for both waste... 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

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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CDP’s Climate Questionnaire

Template / Workbook | Free

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

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

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

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

We see the key to the solution in collaboration. Nobody can end this problem alone. We need to approach it from different angles and in a collaborative and... Read More

Discarded fishing nets continuously kill sea life when left in the oceans, but they become impactful messengers for the cause when recycled. After being retrieved from high... Read More

From trash to premium. Together with leading experts, labs and material innovators we give plastic trash a new life and turn it into yarn and fabric for the fashion and... Read More

 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

The Planet Textiles annual event on sustainability was first launched in Hong Kong in 2009. The issues of water availability, water conservation in wet processing,... Read More

Our Innovating Sustainable Lifestyles work stream is investigating what combination of products and services will enable a sustainable lifestyle.Sustainable lifestyles... Read More

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

Concerning Materials, Parts, Chemicals, Components, Packaging and Other Goods (including Sundries)The objectives of the LS&CO. RSL (2016) are to:Ensure that Materials,... Read More

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

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

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

Companies are increasingly interested in measuring socio-economic impact as part of maintaining their license to operate, improving the business enabling environment,... Read More

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

Ceres Aqua Gauge is an online Excel-based tool that helps inform and strengthen companies’ water management strategies and allows investors to evaluate a company’s water... Read More

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

Planning a responsible water management for mining & metals operationsThis practical guide for the mining and metals industry sets out a collaborative catchment-based... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

This tool allows you to calculate the percentile of storm events and list low impact development strategies for LEED v4 BD+C SS Credit Rainwater Management and LEED v4 O+M... Read More

Comparison Sets: Place-based Sustainability

A building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It measures building performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience,... Read More

Variations in social compliance and environmental compliance standards, audit process and methodology as well as requirements for auditing competence make it difficult for... Read More

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

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Sedex is a global not-for-profit membership organization. We are home to the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains.

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

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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