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Carbon Footprint Calculators

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A set of curated resources that show various carbon footprint calculators organized by each of their particular facets.

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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

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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.

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

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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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Ecosphere+

Website | Paid

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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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This tool allows a user to investigate the historical variability of precipitation and temperature at various time scales over the 20th century near a user-selected location.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLA Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to promoting and complying with international labor standards throughout their supply chains. When... 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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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. 

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 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

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

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Carbon Productivity Tool

Template / Workbook | Free | Jul 24, 2017

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

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

Focus on cross-enterprise qualitative data collection and team communication. Ability to visualize stakeholder relationships and focus on key commitments.

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

Use our Carbon Footprint Calculator to find out your climate impact for you, your business or your event. Calculate your carbon footprint here at TerraPass.

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

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

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

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CDP’s Climate Questionnaire

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Template / Workbook | Free

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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 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

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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.

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

The SB Business Design Framework is a business tool for individuals and companies building, evaluating and/or redesigning a for-profit company, product, nonprofit... 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

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

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

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

Determine what water-related topics are relevant to your businessCommunicate and report water risks, impacts, and practices to key stakeholders

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

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

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

By 2030 global demand for water will exceed supply by 40%. What does this mean for business and climate action? Find out more in CDP’s Thirsty business report.Now in its... Read More

What Do “Water Scarcity”, “Water Stress”, and “Water Risk” Actually Mean?Understand the terms “water scarcity”, “water stress”, “water risk”, and how they relate to one... Read More

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

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

The Impact Economy: The Insider's Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent explores the barriers that make it difficult for talented people to identify... Read More

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

Series of workbooks to help entrepreneurs understand sales pipelines and forecast revenue growth.

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

This paper presents an exploratory analysis of the emergent reporting practices used by social entrepreneurs in terms of their institutional settings and strategic... Read More

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

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

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

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

Primary Functions:Make the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, including healthy river basins and wetlandsThe Natural Infrastructure for Business... Read More

Natural (or green) infrastructure is a planned or managed natural or semi natural system (such as mangroves or wetlands) that can help companies harness ecosystem services... Read More

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

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. 

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

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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

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

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

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Reporting Blueprint

Framework | Free | May 29, 2017

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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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Water Disclosure 2.0 (2009)

Article | Free | Feb 26, 2009

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

Primary Functions:Access actionable information to help businesses understand and quantify water-related risks in financial termsThe Water Risk Monetizer estimates the... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

This conceptual paper in sustainable business research introduces a business sustainability maturity model as an innovative solution to support companies move towards... Read More

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Deloitte CSR Maturity Assessment

Article | Free | Jan 01, 2016

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

Deloitte CIS launched its CSR maturity assessment project in 2016 as part of our commitment to making an impact that matters to society and sustainable development. On a... Read More

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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 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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Article | Free | Jan 01, 2017

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

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

Comparison Sets: Maturity Models & Roadmaps

The key to successful implementation of Lean Six Sigma lies in knowing where the organization needs to be in the future. At the same time, it is equally important that... Read More