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Natural Infrastructure for Business Platform (2015)
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Primary Functions:Make the business case for investing in natural infrastructure, including healthy river basins and wetlandsThe Natural Infrastructure for Business platform contains:the business case for investing in natural infrastructure,case studies from different industries leveraging various ecosystem services,decision-making tools, including a cost-benefit analysis tool.This online... Read More
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Type: Other Tools
Sustainable Apparel Coalition Product Category Rule Guidance
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
Feb 28, 2013
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 intended to guide  the creation of more specific Product Category Rules (PCRs). These PCRs are in turn intended to support increased value chain transparency through Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). To the greatest... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
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)
Jul 30, 2015
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 the apparel sector in light of an increasingly water constrained world. This report provides a state of the sector overview of water stress for apparel and textiles.
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Social and Labor Module
The Facility Social and Labor Module (still in Beta testing phase) is appropriate for any tier of manufacturing. It measures facility-level social impacts and the efficacy of social management programs. This tool assesses: Facility workforce standards and those of value chain partners External engagement on social-labor issues with other facilities or organizations, Community engagement
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Type: App Tools
Executive Report: Strategic Planning
Jun 23, 2015
What does the future have in store for us? How do we respond? How can we help shape this future? This report addresses these fundamental questions for business strategists.Planning for the future is an essential part of business leadership. Traditional approaches to strategic planning have limits, particularly when assessing long-term risks from issues such as climate change. Increasing change... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
The global apparel value chain, trade and the crisis: challenges and opportunities for developing countries
World Bank
Apr 01, 2010
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, which provided access for many poor and small export-oriented economies to the markets of industrialized countries, and the current economic recession that has lowered demand for apparel exports and led to massive... Read More
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Type: Other Tools
Empowering Female Workers in the Apparel Industry: Three Areas for Business Action
BSR Group
Jun 01, 2017
This document, prepared by BSR, summarizes and highlights key findings from in-depth researchconducted by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) for the apparel sector community.This analysis proposes three areas where apparel companies should invest to drive improvements inoutcomes for women workers and promote women’s economic empowerment around the world. Theanalysis and the... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Sustainable Forest Products
The purpose of this Guide is to assist sustainability officers and business procurement managers to develop and implement their wood and paper-based procurement policies. This Guide identifies and reviews issues central to procurement of wood and paper-based products, and highlights resources that can be of help.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Forest Products Sector Guide to the Social Capital Protocol
This sector guide to the Social Capital Protocol supports sustainability practitioners from companies in the forest value chain in measuring and valuing their social impacts.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
SDG Sector Roadmaps
WBCSD has developed a set of guidelines which provide a structured framework and approach that companies can follow as they embark upon SDG road-mapping for their sector. This framework leads companies through a process of establishing their sector’s current level of interaction with the SDGs throughout the value chain; identifying the sector’s most significant opportunities for impact; and... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
The EU Eco Factsheet for Footwear products
This factsheet and checklist assessment can provide guidance about key considerations in footwear sustainability. Give your footwear products a credible sign of environmental excellence.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Threading the Needle
Weaving the Sustainable Development Goals into the textile, retail, and apparel industry. The report offers SDG guidance to apparel, retail and textile suppliers, brands and retailers on business considerations and opportunities for shared value, an SDG engagement model, best practices and multi-stakeholder initiatives, and considerations for top sourcing countries. The proposed “SDG engagement... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Higg Index
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
Dec 25, 2014
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 of all sizes, at every stage in their sustainability journey, to measure their environmental and social and labor impacts and identify areas for improvement.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Textiles & Apparel Sector
G&A Institute
Dec 01, 2014
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 according to Governance & Accountability Institute's Louis Coppola are:TransportPrevention of Forced and Compulsory LaborChild LaborInvestment and Procurement PracticesFreedom of Association and Collective... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Natural Capital Protocol - DOWNLOAD
The Natural Capital Protocol is a decision making framework that enables organizations to identify, measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital. All organizations, to varying degrees, are dependent on the health of the natural world, and often these organizations likewise impact on nature’s ability to underpin their success. Understanding the complex... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Product Design Concepts
Product Design Products can have lower environmental impacts by cleverly using less energy and materials. Learn or teach sustainability in product design & engineering. Autodesk® Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design.  This site was created to help educators teach and students and professionals... Read More
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Type: Suite of Tools Tools
Emissions Scenarios
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
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 pathbreaking. They were the first global scenarios to provide estimates for the full suite of greenhouse gases. Much has changed since then in our understanding of possible future greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Trade Standard: Apparel and Home Goods
Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)
Apr 30, 2017
Fair Trade USA seeks to improve labor conditions in the production of apparel and home goods by engaging: 1) manufacturing facilities, 2) consumers, and 3) the buyers and companies that source and sell these products. The premise of our work in this industry is similar to that of our impactful work in the agriculture sector. Traditional sourcing practices can be very disadvantageous to laborers... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Luxury Goods Table
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Apr 30, 2013
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 monitored or disclosed by organizations.Manufacturers of apparel, accessories & luxury goods. Includes companies primarily producing designer handbags, wallets, luggage, jewelry and watches. Manufacturers of footwear.... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Adapting to Climate Change: A Guide for the Consumer Product Industry
BSR Group
May 22, 2011
In this brief, CP refers to a broad range of consumer goods companies, including brands and retailers of apparel and footwear; cosmetics and personal care products; cleaning, office, and home care supplies; and consumer durables.This primer on climate change adaptation in the consumer products (CP) industry summarizes how CP companies are reporting on climate change risks and opportunities. It... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Business Guide to Natural Capital Valuation
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
https://www.pwc.co.uk/sustainability-climate-change/assets/pdf/pwc-environmental-valuation-methodologies.pdf   The guide describes how to value the environmental impacts typically associated with business activities: air pollution, greenhouse gases, land use, solid waste, water consumption, and water pollution. Developed by PwC’s Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) team the guide is... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Business Guide to Water Valuation
Aug 30, 2015
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 business managers with the knowledge and critical eye needed to work with valuation specialists. This will help managers commission, manage and review water valuation studies, as well as make the best use of the findings.The... Read More
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ELD Initiative: Practitioner's Guide: Principles of economic valuation for sustainable land management based on the Massive Open Online Course "The Economics of Land Degradation"
Jan 01, 2014
This Practitioner’s Guide reaches out to provide practitioners and decision-makers with the skills necessary to make an economic case for preventing or reversing land degradation and to adopt more sustainable land management options. It is intended for individuals who engage in activities that ultimately determine land use and practices. This includes business owners, managers, students and... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains
Apr 09, 2014
This guide provides an overview of the importance of traceability for sustainability purposes, outlines the global opportunities and challenges it represents, and summarizes practical steps for implementing traceability programs within companies. Research for this guide revealed that traceability is a tremendously impactful tool for advancing sustainability objectives, but it still has a long... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
GRESB Data
Snapshots of 2016 data on real estate portfolios, _real estate debt portfolios and infrastructure. 
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-Based Assessment (TESSA)
Dec 31, 2012
The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) is a rapid, low-cost, participatory valuation tool designed to be used by non-experts for assessing the benefits that people get from nature (ecosystem services). It was created to make ecosystem service assessment more accessible and straightforward. It aims to promote better land use planning decisions by providing guidance and... Read More
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Type: Suite of Tools Tools
The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR)
The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) IS a structured methodology that helps managers proactively develop strategies to manage business risks and opportunities arising from their company's dependence and impact on ecosystems. It is a tool for strategy development, not just for environmental assessment. Businesses can either conduct an Ecosystem Services Review as a stand-alone process... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Supply Chain Solutions Center
With the Supply Chain Solutions Center, you can take sustainability from ideas to actions – for the good of your business, for the good of our planet. The Supply Chain Solutions Center is a digital hub for sustainability resources, best practices, thought leadership and news – filtered to help you solve your specific needs. New resources are continuously being added from our ever-growing... Read More
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Green Freight – Supply Chain Solutions Center
Reduce emissions and improve efficiency Freight movement accounts for 8 percent of all corporate greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the largest carbon footprint contributors. The emissions come directly from all the trucks, trains, ships and planes that carry goods between each node of the supply chain. There are huge financial incentives for reducing the environmental impact from... Read More
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Coastal Capital: Economic Valuation of Coastal Ecosystems in the Caribbean
The Coastal Capital series was launched in 2005 and aims to provide decision-makers in the Caribbean with information and tools that link the health of coastal ecosystems—including coral reefs, mangroves, and beaches with the attainment of economic and social goals. WRI and its local partners have conducted economic valuation studies of coral reefs and mangroves at national and subnational... Read More
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Thriving Forests – Supply Chain Solutions Center
Thriving Forests are vital for a thriving planet. Forests are a critical component of a healthy planet. Slowing deforestation and restoring damaged forests could deliver a quarter or more of the carbon reductions needed by 2030 to avert dangerous climate change. Trees act as a massive carbon sink, provide natural habitat for millions of species of plants and animals, and protect watersheds by... Read More
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Common Guidance for the identification of High Conservation Values
Oct 01, 2017
The Common Guidance is a tool to help HCV practicioners and other interested parties implement the HCV approach in a consistent way across different natural resource sectors or geographies. The Common Guidance aims to widen the scope of use of HCV to other ecosystems and to provide guidance on the updated HCV definitions, as well as examples from practical field experience. Other languages... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Cool Farm Tool | An online greenhouse gas, water, and biodiversity calculator
The Cool Farm Tool enables farmers to measure the on-farm environmental efficiencies of their production systems. It reports environmental impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, water use efficiency and biodiversity score for the farm. The Cool Farm Tool is globally applicable, and has modules designed for arable and livestock (including dairy) systems. The Cool Farm Tool is owned and run by the... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
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 best practices.Foreseen projects include developing a water footprint self-assessment tool to assist small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to evaluate their water footprint in restricted stages of a... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts (2010)
CEO Water Mandate
Jan 01, 2010
Learn about different early methods for accounting for water-related performance, risks, and impacts.
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Type: Article Tools
Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines (2014)
CEO Water Mandate
Sep 01, 2014
Determine what water-related topics are relevant to your businessCommunicate and report water risks, impacts, and practices to key stakeholders
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Type: Article Tools
Environmental P&L | Kering
The Environmental Profit & Loss account (EP&L) enables a company to evaluate its impacts on natural capital, by attributing a monetary value to the consequences on society from a company’s environmental impacts throughout its supply chain. The goal is to provide business with a tool to help fully understand the environmental impacts of their activities and subsequently take effective... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Ecosystem Review for Impact Assessment
Jun 29, 2013
The ESR for IA is a step-by-step method for projects to identify, assess and mitigate their impacts and dependencies on ecosystem services.It is promoted by IFC as a tool to meet PS6 (https://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/a359a380498007e9a1b7f3336b93d75f/Updated_GN6-2012.pdf?MOD=AJPERES)
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Land Use Change Improved (LUCI) - LCA Method - DIRECT DOWNLOAD
The Land Use Change Improved (LUCI)-LCA method presents advances for Life Cycle Assessment that integrate spatially explicit modelling of land change and ecosystem services. LUCI-LCA applies globally available, spatial data and newly accessible tools for ecosystem services to predictive modelling of large-scale changes in agricultural systems through LCA. It substitutes key elements of life... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
EVRI
The Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory is a searchable storehouse of empirical studies on the economic value of environmental assets and human health effects.    Over the past decades, the volume of published literature on the economic value of ecological goods and services has significantly expanded, and environmental considerations are being increasingly integrated into business and... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Driving Harmonization of Water-Related Terminology (2014)
CEO Water Mandate
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 another.
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Type: Article Tools
InVEST
Dec 31, 2008
InVEST is a suite of free, open-source software models used to map and value the goods and services from nature that sustain and fulfill human life.  If properly managed, ecosystems yield a flow of services that are vital to humanity, including the production of goods (e.g., food), life-support processes (e.g., water purification), and life-fulfilling conditions (e.g., beauty, opportunities for... Read More
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Type: App Tools
New Models for Sustainable Procurement
Feb 01, 2018
This paper explores recent developments and best practices in supply chain transparency, supplier engagement, and responses to shifts in trade and globalization.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Environmental Value Look-Up (EVL) Tool
The Environmental Value Look-Up (EVL) Tool is a searchable database which contains indicative monetary values for a range of environmental impacts. The unit values in the tool are based on a review of over 350 UK valuation studies that have been conducted since 2000. The tool was developed by eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy) for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation
The CSI Guidelines on Quarry Rehabilitation contain a clear set of recommendations for the development and implementation of a quarry rehabilitation plan. Their main objectives are: - Supporting the process of quarry rehabilitation across member companies to improve the standard of rehabilitation projects for existing and new sites. - Ensuring that CSI members have a common understanding of the... Read More
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Sustainable Agriculture – Supply Chain Solutions Center
A growing population = more food, more water and more strain on the environment The modern supply chain is responsible for 60 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, 80 percent of all water use and 66 percent of all tropical deforestation. Take a closer look and you’ll find that agriculture contributes to all of these impacts. A growing population demands more food and water, leading to a... Read More
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Type: Suite of Tools Tools
LCA software │ MiLCA
MiLCA is a life cycle assessment (LCA) support system. The default database supports users to quantify an amount of water and other abiotic resources use and emissions (e.g. CO2 and SOx). These resource use and emissions can be converted to monetary value by using LIME2 method.
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Type: Data / List of Values Tools
India Water Tool
India Water Tool is the first country-specific tool developed to support businesses in assessing Water risks at their sites in India , planning Water management actions and reporting on Water-related indicators of key reporting initiatives. The tool is a GIS-web application, freely available for use at www.indiawatertool.in. It is an India-customisation of WBCSD’s Global Water Tool that... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Safer Chemicals – Supply Chain Solutions Center
Behind the Label: a blueprint for safer chemicals We need a new marketplace paradigm.The chemicals used in your products and packaging have a direct impact on the health of consumers, the environment and workers; yet, this impact is seldom mentioned in sustainability discussions. Over the last several decades, we have begun to learn that many of the chemicals we rely on today are linked to... Read More
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Zero Waste – Supply Chain Solutions Center
Waste is a product of inefficiency, and inefficiency is costly. Attention to waste generated across the supply chain is growing. Simply put, waste is a product of inefficiency, and inefficiency produces environmental and business costs. Every year, nearly half of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. The majority (85 percent) of this waste occurs downstream by the consumer, businesses, and homes.... Read More
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WaterStat Database
WaterStat is the world’s most comprehensive water footprint database. All datasets included come from peer-reviewed research and are based on the Global Water Footprint Assessment Standard. Water footprint statistics can be used to inform public policies or company business strategies, to raise awareness, or as input to research projects. Water footprint statistics have many uses – in Water... Read More
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Type: Data / List of Values Tools
Guidance on How to Substitute Hazardous Chemicals
The Substitution Support Portal (SUBSPORT)
Substitution is a core action to reduce the risks hazardous chemicals pose to the environment and public health. However finding a safer substitute can be a challenging task – the SUBSPORT web portal is your resource to facilitate this work. SUBSPORT is a free-of-charge, multilingual platform for information exchange on alternative substances and technologies, as well as tools and guidance for... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
RSB Green House Gas Calculator
The GHG Calculator assesses the level of reduction of GHG emissions from bio-based products such as biofuels and bioplastics against a fossil fuel baseline.  The tool uses RSB's own methodology which was developed for global application by RSB members (industry, NGOs, UN organisations, universities, and farmers).  The tools was designed for industry and farmers to demonstrate their level of GHG... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Product Biodiversity Footprint
Crossing LCA analysis and biodiversity impacts of products, the PBF project aims to answer the lack of specific tool to assess their impact on biodiversity.
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
The Protected Areas Benefits Assessment Tool
The Protected Areas Benefits Assessment Tool (PA-BAT) has been developed to help collate information on the full range of values from protected areas and the current and potential benefits (both economic and intrinsic) of individual protected areas from ecosystem services using a participatory approach.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Water Footprint Assessment Manual: Setting the Global Standard
Tool available here:  http://waterfootprint.org/en/resources/interactive-tools/water-footprint-assessment-tool/The Global Water Footprint Assessment Standard is the internationally accepted methodology for conducting a Water Footprint Assessment (WFA). WFA provides comparable quantification of water consumption and pollution and robust analytics that can be used to understand water dependencies... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
WaterWorld
Provides information on and access to spatial modelling and mapping tools for mapping ecosystem services, water resources and the impacts of climate and land use change upon them, including the effects of policy interventions. WaterWorld is a fully distributed, process-based hydrological model that utilises remotely sensed and globally available datasets  to support hydrological analysis and... Read More
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Type: Spatial Mapping / GIS Data Tools
Impact Management Project
Impact Management Project
The Impact Management Project is facilitating a network of leading standard-setting organisations to coordinate specific impact measurement and management efforts, so that enterprises and investors have complete rules of the road.
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Type: Website Tools
Sustainable Energy – Supply Chain Solutions Center
Tackle energy use the smart way: Strategic Energy Management As energy demand has grown exponentially over the past few centuries, so have carbon emissions and their concentration in our atmosphere. Globally, energy-related carbon emissions account for two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions.Wherever your company is on the sustainability journey, there’s no doubt you’ve already considered... Read More
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Type: Suite of Tools Tools
Closing the Gap: Scaling up sustainable supply chains
Scaling up sustainable supply chain practicesThe number of companies forging ahead with an industry-leading approach to tackling emissions in the supply chain has doubled in a year, according to CDP’s Global Supply Chain Report 2018. But despite a high awareness of climate-related risks, this leadership is not yet spurring widescale action down the supply chain, leading to missed opportunities... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Good Practice on Quiet Areas
Noise pollution is a growing problem for Europe’s environment. Transport and industry are the main sources of concern and long term exposure can damage human health and adversely affect ecosystems. European legislation aims to reduce noise pollution and also highlights the need to preserve areas that are currently unaffected. These so called quiet areas may be found, not only in rural areas,... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Guide to Water-Related Collective Action (2012)
CEO Water Mandate, Ross Strategic, Pegasys, Water Futures Partnership
Aug 28, 2013
Primary Functions:Understand the various types of engagement and collective action modelsDetermine when collective action is helpful and necessaryLearn how to prepare for and organize collective actionsView the full website on the topic of collective action:  http://ceowatermandate.org/collectiveaction
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Type: Article Tools
Smart Water Navigator
Because water is essential for nearly every human endeavor, all businesses are in the water business. With climate change, economic growth and population growth putting pressure on global water resources, companies are looking for ways to build resilience and manage water-related risk. Although corporate water goals are important, they are not enough. Since every place is different – some have... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Good Practice Guide on Noise Exposure and Potential Health Effects
This guide is intended to assist policy makers and competent authorities in understanding and fulfilling the action planning requirements of Directive 2002/49/EC. This good practice guide is intended to assist policymakers, competent authorities and any other interested parties in understanding and fulfilling Prefacethe requirements of the directive by making recommendations on linking action... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Accounting Blueprint
Reporting 3.0
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 value-creation in a circular economic setting? How can accounting be redefined as being not only about recording financial transactions, but about tracking of both financial and extra-financial data and their forward-looking... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
New Business Models Blueprint
Reporting 3.0
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 regenerative capitalism. What are the information and reporting needs of those new business model innovators that disrupt business-as-usual and existing industries? Considering the context of business model innovation, they need... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
The Road to Context - Contextualising your Strategy & Goals
Embedding Project
May 01, 2017
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 embedding of context into sustainability performance. There is little doubt that resources and initiatives such as Planetary Boundaries, The Doughnut of Planetary Boundaries and Social Foundations, the MultiCapital... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Guide to TRUE Zero Waste Certification
Sep 01, 2017
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, if all requirements can be achieved and which credits may be earned by current activities or by implementing new policies and practices.
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Type: Article Tools
Data Blueprint
Reporting 3.0
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 environmental sustainability via dynamic interlinkages between the individual company (micro), industry (meso), and environmental, social, and economic systems (macro) levels in order to spur the emergence of a truly green,... Read More
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LIFE Methodology
LIFE Methodology aims to establish the minimum performance that each organization/producer must achieve in biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation actions, considering its size and impact.  This document applies to organizations and producers who want to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services and require a support tool to assess and monitor their impacts... Read More
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The Promise and Challenge of LED Lighting: A Practical Guide
The light-emitting diode (LED) is transforming the way we light our cities and towns, offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to radically improve how we use energy and our outdoor spaces at night. With this opportunity comes an obligation to manage these changes responsibly and sustainably. The stakes are high and the potential rewards great, but outcomes depend critically on policymakers and the... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Light Pollution
“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago . . . had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.” — Havelock Ell
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Type: Website Tools
Statutory Nuisance from Insects and Artificial Light
This guidance is part of a series on legislation & powers affected by the the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. Guidance on the following topics is also available; • Nuisance and Abandoned Vehicles • Litter and Refuse • Defacement Removal Notices • Waste • Noise • Fixed Penalty Notices • Abandoned Shopping and Luggage trolleys All parts of the guidance can be downloaded from... Read More
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The MSC Chain of Custody Standard
Between the ocean and your plate, fish and seafood products may pass through many stages. Supply chains can be very complicated. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Standard ensures that fish and seafood products from MSC certified sustainable fisheries are traceable and separated from non-certified products.
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Type: Other Tools
Retail Sustainability Management Report - 2017
Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)
May 22, 2017
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 the Leadership Model.    New to this report is an additional element: the Retail Industry's Materiality Assessment. This assessment, developed in 2016, further helps to hone the most material issues to the industry by providing... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
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 list of their latest resources or explore the wheel for resources specific to a practice.Click on a practice or pathway in the wheel to explore the resources.
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Type: Other Tools
RIVM Sustainability method selection tool
RIVM helps you find the best method for answering your sustainability question. There is a growing need to measure the effectiveness of efforts to realise a biobased and circular economy. A wide range of methods for measuring sustainability is yet available, for a variety of scopes and timescales. Methods cover a broad spectrum of issues, as large as global climate change or as little as an... Read More
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Type: Website Tools
Sustainable Procurement Requires Perseverance
MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR)
Jul 26, 2017
Your company’s commitment to sustainability depends on finding sustainable suppliers. What if there aren’t any? Meeting your sustainability commitments requires long-term thinking and strategy. 
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Type: Article Tools
Better Business, Better World: The Business Case for the Sustainable Development Goals (2017)
Business & Sustainable Development Commission
Dec 31, 2016
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 Sustainable Development Goals—17 objectives to end poverty and hunger, achieve gender equality, and tackle climate change by 2030—are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how... Read More
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Supplier Directory by the Marine Stewardship Council
Find businesses around the world with MSC chain of custody certificates that can supply you with the certified sustainable seafood that you need. For businesses, find suppliers of sustainable seafood and fish. For consumers, find sustainable seafood products as well as dining places that serve sustainable seafood.
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Type: Website Tools
The Path Towards the NATURAL CAPITAL PROTOCOL a Primer for Business
This is a short introduction to the Natural Capital Protocol and accompanying sector guides. It sets out why applying the Protocol and including natural capital in your considerations will improve your decision making.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Chemical Footprint Project 2018 Annual Report
The Chemical Footprint Project
Continuous improvement – three years of Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) Surveys highlight the growing capacity of business leaders to develop and execute comprehensive chemicals policies, know the chemistry of their products, measure their chemical footprints, and be public about their journeys. See the results of the latest Survey in the 2018 Chemical Footprint Project Report - fill out the... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Track Fisheries - MSC Fisheries
The MSC is partnering with sustainable fisheries across the globe, from large-scale industrial fisheries to small artisanal fisheries, to drive the market for sustainable seafood.
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Environmental Prices Handbook 2017 | Methods and numbers for valuation of environmental impacts
Environmental Prices, also called shadow prices, are prices for environmental goods. In our societies, prices are used to express value and guide decision making. Environmental Prices give the value to society for emissions that harm the environment. Using a peer reviewed methodology that combines valuation techniques with lifecycle analysis, a system has been developed that establishes the... Read More
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ecoGenomics Biodiversity Assessment Tool
As Technical Advisors to the Natural Capital Protocol, we're interested in how to best support your business whilst balancing the needs of the natural environment. This requires an in-depth understanding of your business’ impacts and/or dependencies on local biodiversity.  We have developed tools that provide a comprehensive, rapid and reliable means to account for the state of biodiversity and... Read More
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Measuring and Valuing Environmental Impacts
Apr 28, 2011
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 manage what you can’t measure. How can you measure and value your organization’s the environmental impacts?
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Biodiversity Footprint Tool
This tool enables a business to measure its impact on biodiversity based on the two major pressure factors ‘Land use’ (type of management and number of hectares) and ‘Greenhouse gas emissions’ (in tons CO2). The impact of selected products is measured for the suppliers/raw materials and for the production process itself. The tool uses existing cause-effect relations from the GLOBIO3... Read More
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Carbon Footprint Calculator
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Online carbon footprint calculator. Many of our daily activities - such as using electricity, driving a car, or disposing of waste - cause greenhouse gas emissions. Together these emissions make up a household's carbon footprint.
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Mining and Metals Sector Disclosures
Dec 10, 2013
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 aspects of sustainability performance that are meaningful and relevant to the Mining and Metals sector and which are not sufficiently covered in the G4 Guidelines.The Mining and Metals Sector Disclosures should be used by all... Read More
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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 topics.BSR’s HERproject is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. Bringing together global brands, their suppliers, and local NGOs, HERproject drives impact for women and... Read More
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NSF/ANSI 336 – 2011: Sustainability Assessment for Commercial Furnishings Fabric
Association for Contract Textiles (ACT)
Apr 30, 2011
The Definitive Sustainability Certification Program for Commercial TextilesFacts was developed to recognize contract textiles that conform to the rigors of the multi-attribute standard NSF/ANSI 336 and are third-party certified. A Facts sustainability rating indicates a textile has been evaluated for environmental, economic and social aspects across its life cycle.To purchase the full standard,... Read More
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LEED Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development
U.S. Green Building Council
LEED fully interactive web-based Reference Guide for Neighborhood Development. Provides information for project teams pursuing LEED certification.
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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 managing risk, enhancing brand, and driving innovation. No other business priority offers as rich a set of benefits over time - benefits that create, enhance and preserve lasting value for all stakeholders.
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The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
The Better Cotton initiative aims to improve the livelihood and economic development in cotton producing areas, reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and secure the future of the sector. 
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Wage Fairness: It’s not just about the money
Mar 09, 2011
Dimensions of wage fairness are explored. Most corporate social responsibility work on wages has focused on whether a workplace meets a certain level of compensation, usually the legal minimum wage. But fairness of wages and, crucially, perception of wage fairness, are more complex than that. Even if a factory pays workers the national minimum wage and meets other legal requirements (e.g. pay... Read More
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Decision-Making for Sustainability
Feb 27, 2012
Managers make many decisions daily, ranging from whether to turn off lights to what benefits to give employees. How can they choose among options to get to the most sustainable outcome?This guide helps you: Understand how sustainability decisions are – and aren’t – like other decisions.Identify the decisions that are most susceptible to biases.Translate decisions into actions.Create more... Read More
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Water Risk Hotspots for Agriculture
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Sep 23, 2017
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 actions on water hotspots. This report develops the hotspot approach, provides an application at the global scale, and presents a mitigation policy action plan. The People’s Republic of China, India and the United States are... 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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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 incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions.
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Water and Human Rights: Exploring the Roles and Responsibilities of Business (2009)
CEO Water Mandate, Institute for Human Rights and Business
Feb 27, 2009
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 position that access to water is a human right, and explores what it would mean to apply to water the human rights framework developed by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, John... Read More
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Value Driver Model: A Tool for Communicating the Value of Business Sustainability
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Dec 30, 2013
Utilizes key business metrics to determine the return on investment of corporate sustainability activities. The Model & Toolkit offer companies a simple and direct approach to assess and communicate the financial impact of their sustainability strategies. Likewise, the toolkit helps investors to effectively integrate sustainability data into their existing investment processes.See more info... Read More
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CDSB Climate Change Reporting Framework
Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)
Sep 29, 2012
The CDSB Climate Change Reporting Framework is a voluntary reporting framework designed to elicit climate change-related information of value to investors in mainstream financial reports.   Created in line with the objectives of financial reporting and rules on non-financial reporting, the Climate Change Reporting Framework seeks to filter out what is required to understand how climate change... Read More
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Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape
Elsevier, SciDevNet
Aug 01, 2015
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 Goals, this report, conducted by Elsevier in collaboration with SciDev.Net, contributes to the understanding of sustainability science as a research field and the dialogue between science and society in sustainable development. In... Read More
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Project Gigaton - Walmart Sustainability
The Walmart Sustainability Hub is a resource for Walmart suppliers to gain resources and learn about opportunities to collaborate with Walmart, join initiatives or access case studies and best practices to inspire your company to take the next step of your sustainability journey.
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Actionable Impact Management
Sopact
Oct 01, 2017
Social impact measurement framework allows a mission-driven organization to provide a step by step approach to a clear impact thesis, impact map between partners, data capacity, data collection and demonstrate impact effectively. The social impact assessment process should start with volume one: Groundwork will facilitate the necessary discussions and documentation for your organization to... Read More
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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 it to rapidly test strategies for tackling climate change.Translates climate mitigation scenarios into emissions, concentrations, temperature, and per-capita emissions outcomes.Offers ability to quickly run real-time policy... Read More
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GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals Hazard Assessment Guidance
Jan 15, 2018
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 (DfE) approach and other national and international precedents including but not limited to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Canada Domestic Substances List Methodology, the International Joint... Read More
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Green Values Stormwater Toolbox
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
The Green Values Stormwater Toolbox aims to help people evaluate sustainable design opportunities. It is based on extensive research into the long-term costs and effectiveness of green infrastructure approaches. Its results are still approximations based on research-based assumptions of green infrastructure performance, soil types, cost ranges, and other key factors.
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The Reporting Exchange
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The challengeThe reporting world is complex. Understanding what, where and how to report sustainability information, while keeping up with the latest developments, is tough and time consuming. The Reporting Exchange helps make things simpler. It is a free online platform that connects you to reliable, comparable information on sustainability reporting requirements and resources. It provides... Read More
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Carbon neutral operations - City of Melbourne
City of Melbourne operations became certified carbon-neutral to reach zero net emissions target.
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San Francisco Climate Action Strategy
Oct 21, 2013
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 change.  Over the past two decades, San Francisco’s local government, businesses, and private citizens have made tremendous progress, reducing the citywide carbon footprint by 14.5% while building the economy and improving... Read More
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Corporate Water Gauge
Center for Sustainable Organizations (CSO)
Oct 30, 2016
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 reporting developed by the Center for Sustainable Organizations (www.sustainableorganizations.org)Consumption is measured against an allocation of available renewable supplies at the facility levelA watershed-centric... Read More
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A Review of Climate Science Based GHG Target Setting Methodologies for Companies
CDP
Apr 01, 2015
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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Energy Use & GHG – Higg Index Training & Support
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
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 operational, environmental, and financial impacts of energy are key issues for facility operations. Driving energy efficiency and use of renewable energy throughout facility operations is an important area of focus for all... Read More
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Zero Waste Design Guidelines
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, outlined in OneNYC, to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. The Guidelines were developed through a collaborative process starting in November 2016. More than 100 collaborators—including architects, planners, developers, city... Read More
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Case Study: Aiming for Portfolio-Level Water Neutrality
Tracking Progress: ACTIAM's Water Footprint Methodology To measure progress towards this goal, ACTIAM has calculated the water footprint of its investment funds. The portfolio water footprint currently measures total water use in high-risk areas by all of ACTIAM's portfolio companies. High-Stress Water Use refers to the aggregate amount of the water consumed by portfolio companies in High... Read More
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Guide to Managing Integrity in Water Stewardship Initiatives (2015)
CEO Water Mandate and the Water Integrity Network (WIN)
Jul 28, 2015
Primary Functions:Understand and identify potential integrity risks to your water stewardship initiative (WSI)Determine how to structure WSIs so as to proactively prevent integrity risksConnect to practical tools that promote integrity in your WSIVisit full website at:  http://ceowatermandate.org/integrity/
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How to Do Better: an Exploration of Better Practices Within the Footwear Industry
Dec 01, 2017
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 operations to ensure labour and human rights are respected globally. This report aims to highlight better practices within the shoe and leather industry in relation to both environmental and labour issues. It is designed primarily... Read More
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3Pillars S-ROI Software
EarthShift
Software that calculates the business case for sustainability
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CEO Guide to Climate-related Financial Disclosures
Dec 11, 2017
CEO Guide to climate-related financial disclosures. The TCFD’s objectives are to develop climate-related disclosure recommendations that: Provide information for investors so as to promote more informed investment, credit and insurance underwriting decisions; Enable stakeholders to understand the financial system’s exposure to climate-related risks particularly affecting organizations most... Read More
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2017 Retail Energy Management Leadership Model
Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)
Jan 01, 2017
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 strong energy management programs in retail. The leading practices are currently only performed by a few companies at most, and not every company can/will achieve every leading practice.
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Recycled Polyester
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 more sustainable system–one that uses fewer resources, discards less and better protects people’s health. Today, we recycle used soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste and worn-out garments (including our own) into... Read More
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The IPIECA Water Management Framework for Onshore Oil and Gas Activities (2013)
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)
Aug 29, 2013
Primary Functions:Learn good water management practices specific to the Oil & Gas industryIPIECA’s framework for water management in onshore oil and gas activities has been developed to help the oil and gas sector respond to broader global concerns about water availability and quality to enhance the industry’s efforts to achieve sustainable water management. The framework is a cyclical... Read More
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D4.1/D2.1 - State of the art
Mistra Future Fashion
Mar 01, 2013
eco-efficient textile materials and process and the sustainability of cotton.    The world white cotton production has reached a point called Peak cotton. Global production has stagnated. Farmland area cannot increase any more and the prices of food and raw materials are rising significantly. Synthetic fiber cannot meet expectations regarding comfort and moisture that the natural ones can... Read More
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Ecological utilization of leather tannery waste with circular economy model
Circular economy (CE) focuses on resource-productivity and eco-efficiency improvement in a comprehensive way, especially on the industrial structure optimization of new technology development and application, equipment renewal and management renovation. The leather industry on the one side boosts the local economic development, on the other side however leads to the tremendous environment... Read More
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ILO-IOE Child Labour Guidance Tool for Business
Jan 01, 1916
Provides an overview on how to do business with respect for childrens right to be free from child labour. The guidelines aim to improve global supply chain governance, due diligence and remediation processes to advance the progressive elimination of child labour.
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The CURB Tool: Climate Action for Urban Sustainability
Urban areas have a key part to play in combating climate change. The CURB interactive tool helps cities take action on climate by allowing them to map out different action plans and evaluate their cost, feasibility, and impact.
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Social innovation: what it is, why it matters & how it can be accelerated
Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship
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 exists within any society.
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Environmental Maps - Green Supply Chain Map
The green supply chain map is a leadership initiative dedicated to showcasing brands’ commitment to supply chain transparency and environmental management. It openly links brands' supplier lists to publicly-available environmental data, including real-time data for air emissions and wastewater discharge.Brands that voluntarily join the map demonstrate leadership by going transparent toward... 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 development and sudden shocks that can quickly jeopardize the health and livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
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C40 Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Cities Interactive Dashboard
C40 is proud to release a first-of-its kind dashboard allowing deeper exploration of the historical greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data of C40 cities reported in line with the Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG Emission Inventories (GPC). Launched in December 2014, the GPC is the international best practice standard for city-level GHG emissions inventories. Consistent with IPCC Guidelines,... Read More
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Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET)
Oct 01, 2017
The Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET) is an Excel-based tool that quantifies emissions of methane, black carbon, and other pollutants from sources in the municipal solid waste sector. The tool provides emissions and emissions reduction estimates at the project-, source-, and municipality-level. Cities can use this information for multiple purposes, including establishing a baseline... Read More
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The 3% Solution
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 look harder at energy waste and found money lying on their factory floors. These success stories have been celebrated, but far more needs to be done to avoid the dangerous and irreversible risks to society and businesses from... Read More
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The Athena Project
The Athena Project offers businesses a powerful solution for staying ahead of the corporate social responsibility risks associated with their mineral supply chain. Clients will now have access to our continually updated knowledge base of CSR risks from mines, refineries and smelters for over 20 different minerals. Businesses can receive customized CSR reports complete with data analysis on... Read More
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Circularity Indicators Methodology
May 01, 2015
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 the thinking behind the methodology, alongside a derivation of the equations that lead to the calculation of the Material Circularity Indicator.In addition to this methodology, a Circularity Indicators tool has been developed... Read More
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Circular Economy Toolbox - Measuring Circular Economy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) Sustainability Consortium (TSC) Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
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 Economy Toolbox projects proposed by the Circular Economy Toolbox's expert staff. 
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Measuring impact of responsible sourcing on workers - Worker Well-Being Assessment Tool (version 1.0)
AIM-PROGRESS & Sedex
Oct 22, 2018
This is a joint project between AIM-PROGRESS and Sedex, and supported by Impactt Ltd, to measure the impact on workers of companies' responsible sourcing programmes. The tool helps obtain insights into three main areas:Do workers feels safe at their place of work?Do they feel respected?Is there a sense of income security & progression?It differs from an audit in that it goes beyond... Read More
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Supplier toolkit - full (English)
AIM-PROGRESS
Mar 20, 2018
AIM-PROGRESS has launched a business toolkit for suppliers, explaining in simple terms how good management practices, which our members require through their responsible sourcing policies, are an essential part of ensuring a sustainable and resilient business model. This publication was put together by Partner Africa, in collaboration with AB-Inbev, Diageo and The Coca-Cola Company, on behalf... Read More
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Global Opportunity Explorer
Welcome to the world’s largest collection of vetted and verified sustainable solutions. New solutions are added every day. You can either search for sustainable alternatives, browse what’s trending or learn what is happening in new markets. We also invite you to submit your own solutions to be vetted by our network of leading experts (it’s free). Rooted in over five years of research involving... Read More
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Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EMS Program Area includes the latest guidance, examples, and resources for the development and implementation of processes and practices that enable an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase its operating efficiency. Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, encourages the continued implementation of formal Environmental... Read More
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GISR | Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings
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 (GISR) is a public benefit organization aimed at making financial markets agents of, rather than impediments to, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and broader global sustainability agenda. As a multi-stakeholder... Read More
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Mapping Public Water Management by Harmonizing and Sharing Corporate Water Risk Information
Mar 07, 2018
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 assessment of water risk also requires an understanding of public water management. Currently there is a lack of global comparable data on public water management, leading to incomplete assessments of risk and suboptimal... Read More
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Datamaran - AI Driven Global Business Intelligence. Instantly
Datamaran is the world’s leading NLP business intelligence tool. ESG risks, materiality assessment, trends and benchmarking in seconds. Try it free now.
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Back to Basics: How to Make Stakeholder Engagement Meaningful for Your Company
Jan 01, 2012
Thought leaders and influencers from government, civil society, and the private sector play an important role in creating and maintaining business value. As their influence evolves, companies must take a strategic and structured approach to stakeholder relations. BSR has developed a five-step approach to show how corporations can initiate and sustain constructive relationships over time and... Read More
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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 companies understand their exposure, Trucost has quantified current pricing schemes in over 130 regions together with potential future carbon pricing scenarios required to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Business... Read More
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Circular Advantage
Accenture
Companies face a rapidly increasing challenge, and opportunity, to grow their businesses and create value amidst volatile and scarce supply of natural resources and environmental concerns, driving up prices and uncertainty. Circular Economy – an alternative model decoupling growth from scarce resource use – provides the key to managing this challenge at both the macro and micro level, allowing... Read More
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Executive Guide: Business Models for Shared Value
Nov 28, 2016
Shared value is the idea that by addressing society’s needs and challenges, companies can create economic value in a way that also benefits society. Shared value seems promising, but many managers struggle to make it happen.This executive guide provides a new approach to pursuing shared value by focusing on business models. Prepared by researchers Lorenzo Massa, Florian Lüdeke-Freund, and Nancy... Read More
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Executive Guide: CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability
May 04, 2016
CEOs can play a crucial role in fostering an environment that supports embedding social and environmental sustainability into the strategies and day-today decisions of their organisations. Based on findings from interviews and an extensive review of research, this guide responds to the question: Why do some CEOs make the shift to incorporate sustainability into their decision-making—and what... Read More
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Project ROI: Defining the competitive and financial advantages of corporate responsibility and sustainability
Project ROI
May 31, 2015
Project ROI’s objective is to assess the business case for CR for the benefit of senior executives,boards of directors, and even Wall Street. The research has asked what, if any, potential ROI canCR deliver? We have then assessed:What are the strategies, tactics, and practices likely to create ROI?What lessons should executives and managers take regarding their approach to andmeasurement of CR... Read More
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The Natural Capital Protocol
Natural Capital Coalition (NCC)
Dec 30, 2015
The Natural Capital Protocol is a framework designed to help business managers identify, measure, and value impacts and dependencies on natural capital. The Protocol Framework (figure 0.1) covers four stages, “Why”, “What”, “How”, and “What Next”. Protocol Stages are further broken down into nine Steps, which contain specific questions to be answered when carrying out a natural capital assessment.
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Resource Watch
Monitoring the Planet’s Pulse. Resource Watch provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. More data are available today than ever before. Yet too often policymakers, business leaders, and analysts cannot access the data they need to make informed decisions about the environment and human well-being. That’s why WRI and over 30 partners built Resource Watch, a dynamic platform that... Read More
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Business Briefing: Civic Dialogues on Sustainability
Mar 10, 2014
When Canadian business leaders gathered to share their top sustainability priorities, they wanted to change the system.Many said they have “picked all the low-hanging fruit” with respect to their organizations’ environmental and social impacts. These companies are looking beyond the boundaries of their own organizations to advance sustainable business practice. They want to know: How can we... Read More
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CSR, Sustainability, Workplace Giving & Charity Research & Stats
Feb 02, 2018
This is a handy reference library of cited and categorised information useful for CSR managers, nonprofit employees and other sustainability professionals:CHARITY FOCUSED Fundraising & Donations Charities, NFPs and NGOs Kindness, Altruism & Generosity Volunteering BUSINESS FOCUSED Cause Marketing Collective Impact & Shared Value Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Employee... Read More
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ESII Tool
Jan 01, 2016
Ecosystem Services Identification & Inventory (ESII) Tool lets people understand the benefits that nature provides and incorporate the value of nature into decision making. The ESII Tool (pronounced “easy”), was developed in collaboration by The Dow Chemical Company, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and EcoMetrix Solutions Group (ESG).  ESII is a free assessment tool that provides information... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT)
Jan 01, 2016
LEFT is a web-based decision support tool to help industry evaluate patterns of relative ecological value across a landscape to inform land use planning and minimize environmental impact. Users choose an area of interest from a global web-based map and receive a series of high-quality datasets using standard published algorithms to produce maps at 30m resolution of land cover class, numbers of... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
ELD Land Materiality Screening Tool
Jan 01, 2016
The ELD Land Materiality Screening Tool is a tool designed to enable companies to better assess the significance of land to their business. The objectives of the tool are to create awareness of the importance of land degradation and catalyze actions toward the implementation of sustainable land management projects. It was specifically designed to not require an intensive data collection effort... Read More
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BioScope
Platform BEE's BioScope provides businesses with a simple and fast indication of the most important impacts on biodiversity arising from their supply chain. The results brought by BioScope are aimed at helping you to formulate meaningful actions to further assess and reduce the impact of your business on biodiversity. It not only indicates the potential impact of the commodity you purchase, but... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Green IT Maturity Model
Flskze Ckzil
Jan 01, 2011
This paper introduces a green IT maturity model for assessment of green IT services.
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Type: Article Tools
Integrating the SDGs Into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide
Transparency of business conduct has long been a primary engine of improvement and will remain critical as stakeholders across the world continue to advance the shared goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Businesses – big and small – are essential actors in the journey to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is the moment to take sustainability reporting to... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Oppla
Oppla is a new knowledge marketplace; a place where the latest thinking on ecosystem services, natural capital and nature-based solutions is brought together.
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Type: Website Tools
Business Call to Action Impact Lab
Business Call to Action
Sep 28, 2018
The Impact Lab helps you identify, measure and manage your company’s impact aligned with the SDGs to support your business decisions. 
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Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP)
The BMP Guidance applies primarily to quarries, but the principles can be applied to any mining site. The primary audience for this document is therefore environmental officers and operations managers, because a basic understanding of natural resources provides a good foundation for interpreting and acting on the information in the guidance. The secondary audience is quarry managers, with whom... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Guidelines
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) has developed these guidelines to guide the preparation of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) – replacing the previous guidelines published in 2005. The document’s main objective is to guide users through the successive stages of the ESIA process in accordance with international good practice. It offers a practical guide for both... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES)
In response to the need for incorporating quantified and spatially explicit measures of social values into ecosystem service assessments, the geographic information system (GIS) application, Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES), was developed. SolVES is designed to assess, map, and quantify the perceived social values of ecosystem services. Social values, the perceived, nonmarket... Read More
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Type: Spatial Mapping / GIS Data Tools
Water Footprint Assessment (2012)
Water Footprint Network
Jun 29, 2012
Primary Functions:Inform “big picture” strategic planningIdentify at what stage within the value chain the water footprint is in a hotspotBuild awareness among public
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Type: App Tools
The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health
Dec 05, 2018
The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for bus
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Type: Report Tools
Human Rights: The Foundation of Sustainable Business
Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and builds upon the UN Global Compact Progress Report. The report highlights insight and initiatives by Global Compact Local Networks around the world, presents snapshots of good practice from companies participating in the UN Global Compact and showcases initiatives that are advancing the UN Guiding Principles... Read More
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Breede Catchment Water Stewardship Programme – Summary Report (2016)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
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 page report provides a summary of water stewardship initiatives in the second phase of WWF’s Breede Catchment Water Stewardship Project. It showcases successes and key lessons learnt during 2015 and 2016 from the water-related... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
From Footprint to Public Policy – The Business Future for Addressing Water Issues (2009)
CEO Water Mandate
Feb 27, 2009
Understand basis for corporate action to advance sustainable water management “beyond the fenceline”.This paper illustrates an emerging “roadmap” of water risk identification and management approaches that many companies are beginning to pursue, framed as a journey from water footprint to public policy. It describes how water footprinting can serve as the foundation for various “responses” that... Read More
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Natural Capital Protocol Food & Beverage Sector Guide
This sector guide defines the food and beverage sector to encompass all businesses operating in the production, processing, or retailing of food and beverage products, excluding the hospitality/foodservice sector which is beyond the scope of this guide. Farmers, traders, wholesalers, food manufacturing companies, and retailers together make up the world’s largest sector, generating an... Read More
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Local Water Tool (2012)
Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)
Feb 28, 2015
Primary Functions:Quantify water-related impacts caused by facilityQuantify facility’s exposure to water-related riskIdentify helpful management responseGEMI Local Water Tool (LWT)™ – developed by the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) – is a free tool for companies and organizations to evaluate the external impacts, business risks, opportunities, and management plans related to... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
WULCA Life Cycle Assessment tool for Water (2009)
International Standards Organization (ISO): ISO 14040/ ISO 14044, Water footprint: ISO 14046
Primary Functions:Make cross-media environmental assessments that consider water consumption and pollution in comparison with other environmental impactsImplement mature science-based methods for assessing water-related impactsLife Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a systems analysis tool that was designed specifically to measure the environmental sustainability of products and services through all... Read More
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The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Dec 30, 2015
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 as a substitute to so-called gray infrastructure (such as dams or water treatment plants).There is a strong business case for companies to invest in natural infrastructure solutions. Natural infrastructure can help companies... Read More
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A Maturity Grid Assessment Tool for Environmentally Conscious Design in the Medical Device Industry
James Moultrie
Jan 01, 2016
The medical device industry is growing increasingly concerned about environmental impact of products. Whilst there are many tools aiming to support environmentally conscious design, they are typically complex to use, demand substantial data collection and are not tailored to the specific needs of the medical device sector. This paper reports on the development of a Maturity Grid to address this... Read More
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Water Impact Index – WIIX (2012)
Veolia Water, Growing Blue
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 technical nature of the tool, use of the WIIX requires some understanding of current conditions and expected changes in quality and quantity use.Water Impact Index (WIIX) is a free, online tool developed by Veolia that... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Water Efficiency Toolkit (2014)
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), AT&T, Global Environmental Management Institute (GEMI)
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 visibility for water performance at facilitiesEstimate water and financial savings from cooling tower or free-air cooling improvementsDefine the unique water profile of your buildingsEnvironmental Defense Fund (EDF), AT&T and the... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
SDG Compass (2015) by UNGC, GRI, WBCSD
UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Dec 30, 2014
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 for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realization of the SDGs.Our planet faces massive economic, social and environmental challenges. To combat these, the... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Implementing the TCFD Recommendations for Oil and Gas Methane Disclosure
Oct 17, 2018
This report by Ceres, EDF and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) provides actionable guidance for the oil and gas industry to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in regards to methane emissions.
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Type: Report Tools
DevTreks
Open source, cloud computing, software that carries out social budgeting.
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USGS Water Data Portal (2016)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Provides real-time and historical data, including surface water, groundwater, water quality, water use data, and flood and drought conditions.
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Type: App Tools
Measure the Chain: Tools for Assessing GHG Emissions in Agricultural Supply Chains
Agricultural emissions are driven by complex interactions between natural and human processes, and estimating these emissions with any accuracy requires data on agricultural management, soil, and climatic factors at the site of production. For a company producing multiple products and sourcing from potentially thousands of producers, collecting such data can be daunting. This report provides an... Read More
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Type: Report Tools
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts v2.0
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Visualization tool by the NOAA.  Use the sea level rise slider bar to see how various levels of sea level rise will impact different areas.
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Type: App Tools
Forest Products Sector Guide
The Forest Products Sector Guide was developed by WBCSD’s Forest Solutions Group (FSG) on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition, with technical support from PwC.  It offers a standardized decision-making framework to support businesses along the forest products value chain in identifying, measuring, and valuing their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. Like the Natural Capital... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
The Land App
In short, The Land App is for anyone who manages land. Our customers range from farmers and surveyors to government departments.
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Type: Spatial Mapping / GIS Data Tools
Manufacturing-focused emissions reductions in footwear production
Journal of Cleaner Production
Nov 01, 2012
What is the burden upon your feet? With sales of running and jogging shoes in the world averaging a nontrivial 25 billion shoes per year, or 34 million per day, the impact of the footwear industry represents a significant portion of the apparel sector's environmental burden. A single shoe can contain 65 discrete parts that require 360 processing steps for assembly. While brand name companies... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Disclose what matters: Bridging the Gap Between Investor Needs and Company Disclosures on Sustainability
Aug 15, 2018
Disclose What Matters analyzes the sustainability disclosures of the world's largest companies and finds that most companies are using comparable and industry-wide disclosure frameworks for reporting sustainability risks and opportunities. However, the analysis finds that only a small percentage of companies disclose the business relevance of these risks and opportunities, and only a handful... Read More
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Type: Report Tools
Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
This website provides resources on the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
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Type: Website Tools
Hotel Water Measurement Initiative Methodology & Tool (2016)
International Tourism Partnership
Dec 31, 2015
Primary Functions:Allows hotel managers to calculate the amount of water used per occupied room (and per guest night, where data are available) and per area of meeting space per hourThe International Tourism Partnership (ITP) drives responsible business in the hospitality industry by engaging with the world’s leading hotel companies. ITP turns responsible ambition and good ideas into positive... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
South African Mine Water Atlas (2017)
South African Water Research Commission
Primary Functions:Shows the critical interplay between mining and water resources in South AfricaThe South African Mine Water Atlas is a comprehensive reference on the vulnerability of water resources to mining activity in South Africa. It shows the critical interplay between mining and water resources and is the most extensive set of documents of its kind.The multi-layered set of maps spans... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Global Water Tool by WBCSD
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
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 watershed and country-level data (based on nearly 30 external datasets on water availability, sanitation, population, and biodiversity information, among other things). This process is intended to allow companies to conduct an... Read More
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Diversity and Inclusion Index | ESG Data
Thomson Reuters
Index and ESG data that cover measures of diversity, inclusion and people development for 5000+ publicly listed companies.
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Type: Data / List of Values Tools
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 uniquely delivers a complete roadmap for overcoming organizational barriers and operationalizing a transformational sustainability program. Rather than simply depicting an ideal end state, REFOCUS provides a flexible, iterative... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Unlocking Capital for Sustainability-Oriented Ventures: 7 Key Lessons for Entrepreneurs
Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan
Nov 05, 2016
Entrepreneurship is challenging in all cases, and raising capital can be especially difficult. For sustainability-oriented entrepreneurs who aspire to realize a positive environmental or social impact through the success of their for-profit business, the challenge of raising capital is even greater.In this guide, we answer the question: How can sustainability-oriented entrepreneurs attract the... Read More
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Type: Template / Workbook / Spreadsheet Tools
Focused acceleration: A strategic approach to climate action in cities to 2030
Nov 01, 2017
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.
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Chemical Recycling: Making Fiber-To-Fiber Recycling A Reality for Polyester Textiles
Oct 23, 2017
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)* is one of the most commercially significant polymers in the global materials economy. People are most familiar with their daily use of PET for rigid containers such as beverage bottles, pre-washed salad tubs, deli take-out containers, etc. Use of PET for various packaging applications has increased dramatically in the last 20 years, and compared to other... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Fair Labor Association Accreditation Process
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
FLA Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to promoting and complying with international labor standards throughout their supply chains. When Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers sign on, they agree to a two- or three-year implementation schedule, during which they work toward bringing their supply chains into substantial compliance with the FLA Workplace Code... Read More
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Type: Website Tools
Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Sep 21, 2017
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 achievement of the SDGs. It illustrates how the five leadership qualities of Ambition, Collaboration, Accountability, Consistency, and Intentional can be applied to a business' strategy, business model, products, supply chain,... Read More
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A new agenda for the board of directors: Adoption and Oversight of Corporate Sustainability
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Jan 01, 2012
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 growth, as well as hyper-transparency and growing consumer concern about the social and environmental impact of corporations, are currently profoundly reshaping the business environment. For... Read More
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How Your Company Can Advance Each of the SDGs
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
How Your Company Can Advance Each of the SDGsResponsible business and investment – rooted in universal principles – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the SDGs. For companies, successful implementation will strengthen the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world.Below you will find links to important initiatives and resources of... Read More
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New Carbon Economy Consortium: Building Research Programs to Support 21st Century Economic Opportunity
Center for Carbon Removal
Jun 06, 2017
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 businesses and reinvent the industries that powered the last industrial revolution—like manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and forestry—to create a strong, healthy and resilient economy and environment for communities around the... Read More
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The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development
The Natural Step
Apr 29, 1989
The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development embodies three decades of research and practice on global sustainability initiated by The Natural Step in collaboration with an international network of scientists, business and political decision-makers. It is both an open-source planning and decision-making framework and an engagement process to guide action toward sustainability in a... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Disciplined Entrepreneurship
Disciplined Entrepreneurship
Integrated, comprehensive and proven framework for developing the product to launch a new venture
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Type: Book / Report Tools
The Value of Compostable Packaging
Jun 01, 2017
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 diversion and greenhouse gas reduction. In 2015, the US EPA underscored this important reality by releasing the first national food waste reduction goal to halve the quantity of food waste by 2030. As the largest portion of... Read More
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Reporting matters: Striking a balance between disclosure and engagement
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 disclosure requirements in a robust manner. At the same time, they are expected to engage with a greater variety of stakeholders in a meaningful way. Therefore, the theme of this report looks at striking the right balance between... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Climate CoLab
Collaborate with people all over the world to win contests on what to do about climate change.
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Type: Website Tools
Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard
The GHG Protocol Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard (referred to as the Product Standard) provides requirements and guidance for companies and other organizations to quantify and publicly report an inventory of GHG emissions and removals2 associated with a speci c product. The primary goal of this standard is to provide a general framework for companies to make informed... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
STeP by OEKO-TEX®
OEKO-TEX®
Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) by OEKO-TEX® is a certification system for brands, retail companies and manufacturers from the textile chain who want to communicate their achievements regarding sustainable manufacturing processes to the public in a transparent, credible and clear manner.Certification is possible for production facilities of all processing stages from fibre production,... Read More
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Type: Other Tools
Gray to Green (G2G): Tools for Transitioning to Vegetation-Based Stormwater Management
Oct 02, 2017
The Gray to Green (G2G) decision support tool is a GIS-based toolkit that guides users in transitioning to vegetation-based (green) stormwater management systems designed to slow, spread, soak, and manage stormwater as a valuable resource for people and the environment. G2G utilizes GIS to help users identify potential areas for protecting and restoring green infrastructure and siting 11 low... Read More
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X-Degree Compatibility Climate Metric
The X-Degree Compatibility ("XDC") is a science-based climate metric which enables climate to be treated and assessed as a specific risk category.The XDC estimates how many °C the Earth would warm by 2050 if all companies were to operate as emissions-intensive as the individual company /industry / investment portfolio, under consideration.As an example, if a company has an XDC of 2.7 that would... Read More
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Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
Foreign Trade Association - Belgium
BSCI “2.0” is the implementation system of the BSCI Code of Conduct. It aims at fostering improved working conditions in the global supply chain by supporting strong internal management systems that include responsible business practices and management of expectations all along the supply chain.Two Core ConceptsTwo main concepts underpin BSCI 2.0 implementation and enable participants to... Read More
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AFIRM Supplier Toolkit
Mar 17, 2017
In response to feedback received from members of its global supply chain, The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Working Group has developed this revised and updated Supplier RSL Toolkit as part of its continuing mission “to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain.” The Toolkit is specifically geared toward the needs of the... Read More
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Executive Report: Innovating for Sustainability
Dec 16, 2012
What's Included in this ReportA three-stage framework for sustainability innovation. Business leaders can use the framework to identify their current approach to sustainability innovation within their team, within their division or across their entire organization.38 practices for driving innovation across the three stages.Case studies from leading organizations, large and small, that are... Read More
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Water Risk Monetizer (2014)
ECOLAB USA INC.®
Primary Functions:Access actionable information to help businesses understand and quantify water-related risks in financial termsThe Water Risk Monetizer estimates the value of water scarcity in monetary terms. It looks at the amount of water available at a specific location, the amount of water used/needed by a facility, additional demands on the supply of water and the impact of a facility’s... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Climate Action Planning Resource Centre
C40's Climate Action Planning Resource Centre brings together a wide range of resources and tools to support city climate planners in the process of  delivering action consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. New resources and tools will be added as they become available. In 2016, nations ratified a global agreement on climate change, the Paris Agreement, committing to ambitious... Read More
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Carbon Productivity Tool
The Carbon Productivity Consortium
Jul 23, 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 less fossil fuel carbon, and collaborate with other companies in product value chains. It identifies nine levers for change across a product’s value chain and life cycle.Carbon productivity measures the return on carbon... Read More
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Total Societal Impact: A New Lens for Strategy
Every company has positive and negative economic, social, and environmental e ects on the world. We refer to the aggregate of these as its total societal impact. TSI is a collection of measures and assessments, not a single metric. Companies should use TSI to help shape strategy.A company’s TSI includes the impact of its products and services, its operations, and its corporate social... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Sustainable Apparel Coalition - Higg MSI
The Higg MSI is a cradle-to-gate material scoring tool that: Helps companies compare their materials against others Makes environmental data available to the public Can be used to empower product development teams to make more sustainable choices during materials selection
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Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
This first-of-its-kind framework enables companies to consider the actual benefits and value of the ecosystem services they depend upon and impact, giving them new information and insights to include in business planning and financial analysis. This will support improved business decision-making by creating more alignment between the financial, ecological and societal objectives of companies.... Read More
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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 level.  It guides practitioners in forming and executing water stewardship partnerships. The proven five-phase process increases the quality of partnerships that deliver accelerated and sustainable results to achieve water... Read More
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Water Stewardship in Sustainable Agriculture (2013)
Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform
Jun 29, 2013
Primary Functions:Learn about and implement effective water stewardship actions specific to agricultureSAI Platform, the global initiative helping food and drink companies to achieve sustainable agriculture practices, has created a new Water Stewardship report for food and drink companies and their agricultural supply chains. The report has been developed by SAI Platform’s Water and Agriculture... Read More
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Water Stewardship in the Beverage Industry (2016)
Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Ceres, World Resources Institute
Aug 30, 2016
Primary Functions:Guide and inspire companies to continually improve on matters related to water stewardshipOutline water stewardship essentials for the beverage industryLook to how water stewardship practices and expectations might evolve in coming yearsBeverage companies are in a unique position to catalyze global water stewardship by influencing their many stakeholders, including suppliers,... Read More
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NRDC’s 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution Version 2.0
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Jun 30, 2013
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 Bangladesh. Those everyday items are created in mills that chronically waste water and fuel and can pollute up to 200 tons of water for every one ton of fabric produced. As the textile market booms, this ubiquitous... Read More
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Global Water Tool for Oil and Gas
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)
Aug 30, 2011
This customized version of the WBCSD Global Water Tool, which has been piloted by 15 global oil and gas companies, has been developed by IPIECA in collaboration with WBCSD and led by CH2M HILL. The tool will allow oil and gas companies to map their water use and assess risks for their overall global portfolio of sites considering each part of the oil and gas value chain. The tool will allow... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Chemical Sector SDG Roadmap
The Chemical Sector SDG Roadmap (Roadmap) is an initiative led by a selection of leading chemical companies and industry associations, convened by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), to explore, articulate and help realize the potential of the chemical sector to leverage its influence and innovation to contribute to the SDG agenda. The Roadmap offers a unique and... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
BREEAM Infrastructure
BRE
A sustainability assessment, rating and award for civil engineering works. It is based on the operation of two sustainability assessment and certification schemes: BREEAM and CEEQUAL. 
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Pivot Goals
Pivot Goals
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 searchable by a number of criteria available to the left. Click on the down arrows next to each search element to see the full list. For the last three categories, you can click on "What These Mean" to understand your options... Read More
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Type: Website Tools
Ecosphere+
Ecosphere+
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 for the amazing benefits they provide
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Type: Website Tools
The Comprehensive Business Case for Sustainability
Harvard Business Review (HBR)
Oct 21, 2016
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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Type: Article Tools
Science Based Targets Step-by-step Guide
Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
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 additional information on each stage please read the Call To Action Guidelines.Driving ambitious corporate climate action
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Type: Website Tools
Estimating petroleum industry value chain (Scope 3) greenhouse gas emissions
IPIECA has developed this Overview of methodologies for estimating petroleum industry value chain (Scope 3) greenhouse gas emissions to provide information on approaches used by oil and gas companies.
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Toolkit: Reducing the Food Wastage Footprint
Feb 01, 2013
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 favoring food wastage reduction. The inspirational examples featured throughout this Toolkit demonstrate that everyone, from individual households and producers, through governments, to large food industries, can make choices... Read More
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MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative: Sustainability Certificate
A rich program that provides essential knowledge, experience, and community for innovative leaders in sustainability.
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Type: Website Tools
UNGC Roadmap for Sustainability
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Jan 01, 2015
The UNGC Roadmap provides guidance for companies on how to integrate sustainability-related goals and strategies across the organization. Best practices are illustrated and the value that can be created across five stages of sustainability integration is highlighted.
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Portico, healthy building materials Tool
Google, Healthy Building Network
Building Materials Analysis and Decision-making Tool
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Type: App Tools
The Business Case for Supply Chain Sustainability
BSR
Dec 01, 2010
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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Chemicals of High Concern – List of Lists (“Red List of Lists”)
Clean Production Action, Healthy Building Network
Jan 01, 2009
Chemicals of High Concern are a select group of chemicals that are the highest priority toeliminate from usage. “Chemicals of High Concern – List of Lists” or “Red List” for short, is an aggregated list of authoritative chemical lists developed by a body established by one or more government entities addressing any one of the hazard endpoints listed below, excepting neurotoxicants, vPTs, vBTs... Read More
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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Stars
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Jan 01, 2017
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
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Abolition of Forced Labor Convention, 1957
International Labour Organization (ILO)
Convention concerning the Abolition of Forced Labour (Entry into force: 17 Jan 1959)
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UNGC Water Maturity Progression
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Consider our Water Stewardship Maturity Progression in assessing where you are on your water management journey and to chart a course for the future.
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GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals v1.3 GreenScreen Benchmarks™
Clean Production Action
GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals is a method for chemical hazard assessment designed to identify chemicals of high concern and safer alternatives. It is used by industry, government and NGOs to support product design and development, materials procurement, and as part of alternatives assessment to meet regulatory requirements. It is used by businesses like Hewlett-Packard, governments like... Read More
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WBCSD Vision 2050 Roadmap - PDF DOWNLOAD
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Sep 05, 2012
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 pathway is broken up into 9 elements: People’s Values, Human Development, Economy, Agriculture, Forests, Energy and Power, Buildings, Mobility and Materials.
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Carbon Calculator University of California at Berkeley
Cool Climate Network
Compare your household's carbon footprint to similar households with this online carbon footprint calculator which is a University - Government - Business - NGO Partnership at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Accelerator
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 described in detail in the book "The Sustainability Transformation" which was launched at MIT (under its original name, "The ISIS Agreement". The underlying methodology, now called VISIS, is open source and has been adopted by... Read More
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Carbon Footprint Calculator by Global Footprint Network
Global Footprint Network
Online carbon footprint calculator by Global Footprint Network.How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the Earth.
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Circularity Indicators - An Approach to Measuring Circularity: Non-Technical Case Studies
Ellen MacArthur Foundation & Granta Design
This document describes illustrative case studies on how the Circularity Indicators developed in the Circularity Indicators Project can be used. Due to the commercial sensitivity of the data it has not been possible to disclose results for actual products. However, the following cases have been developed to give examples of possible uses, and are inspired by actual examples and real world cases... Read More
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SIMAP™ (Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform)
University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute
Nov 06, 2017
SIMAP™ (Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform) is a carbon and nitrogen-accounting platform that can track, analyze, and improve your campus-wide sustainability. Our proven algorithms will help you:Create a baselineBenchmark your performanceCreate reportsSet goalsAnalyze your progress year over yearThe redesigned and expanded SIMAP will offer campuses a simple,... Read More
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EPAT
The Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT) is an innovative platform for buyers and sellers of paper products to share supplychain data and facilitate discussions on sustainable paper procurement. By providing a consistent framework and metrics, EPAT creates the opportunity for informed discussion about the environmental attributes and trade-offs involved in paper purchasing decisions. EPAT... Read More
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Database – CleanGredients
CleanGredients is a database of chemical ingredients used primarily to formulate residential, institutional, industrial, and janitorial cleaning products that have been pre-approved to meet the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Standard. CleanGredients is an indispensable purchasing resource for formulators who are seeking suppliers of chemical ingredients that will help them to obtain the Safer Choice... Read More
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Type: App Tools
The Composting Collaborative
The Composting Collaborative unites composters, consumer-facing businesses, and policymakers to share best practices and resources, as well as generate innovative solutions to shared challenges.
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Type: Website Tools
Water Stewardship Toolbox
CEO Water Mandate
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 is designed around the Water Stewardship Progression, which illustrates the activities water stewards conduct ideally.
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GreenBlue | Helping people use wisely, eliminate toxicity & recover more
GreenBlue is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. We bring together a diversity of stakeholders to encourage innovation and best practices to promote the creation of a more sustainable materials economy.
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A Practical Perspective on Water Accounting in the Beverage Industry (2011)
Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)
Nov 30, 2011
Understand and implement water accounting practices given specific circumstances of the beverage industryA Practical Perspective on Water Accounting in the Beverage Sector is a document created by BIER members to guide beverage companies in the application of existing and developing water footprinting tools. It provides clarification and consistency in the quantification of beverage water usage... Read More
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Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Management
Ceres
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 management activities against detailed definitions of leading practice.Aqua Gauge offers a framework designed to help companies and investors determine the effectiveness and thoroughness of companies’ water management... Read More
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A Practical Perspective on Managing Water-Related Business Risk and Opportunities in the Beverage Sector (2012)
Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)
Oct 31, 2012
Assess water risks and opportunities given specific circumstances of the beverage industryIn this document, BIER shares its collective experience and illustrates how the members of BIER and their suppliers are beginning to overcome short- and long-term water challenges. Specifically, its discusses its approach to assessing the technical and business aspects of water risks and opportunities, and... Read More
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Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure
CDP
Nov 13, 2016
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 seventh year, CDP’s water program acts on behalf of 643 institutional investors, representing US$67 trillion in assets. These investors use CDP water data to engage with portfolio companies, inform investment decisions and... Read More
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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 CEO Guide to the SDGs – a new resource aimed at galvanizing engagement from global business leaders in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The CEO Guide to the SDGs sets out clear actions that CEOs can take... Read More
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Water Scarcity Solutions (2015)
2030 Water Resources Group
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 displays several examples of water scarcity challenges throughout the world and the approaches taken to address them. This site allows users to search through a variety of case studies, filtering by region, sector, intervention,... Read More
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Assessment Tool: How to Collaborate with Your Competitor
Sep 01, 2016
Collaborations can be tense and complex. Based on interviews and an extensive review of research, this tool responds to the question: How can managers improve competitor collaboration to advance sustainability?
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Type: Book / Report Tools
International Water Stewardship Standard & Guidance (2014)
Alliance for Water Stewardship
Apr 07, 2014
Primary Functions:Commit to, understand, plan, implement, evaluate, and communicate water stewardship actions at facility-levelThe AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) is an international, ISEAL-compliant, standard that defines a set of water stewardship criteria and indicators for how water should be stewarded at a site and catchment level in a way that is... Read More
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ANSI/LEO-4000: National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture
New ANSI-approved standard that measures sustainability in agriculture production using all 3 elements of the triple-bottom line.
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Scenarios and projections
International Energy Agency (IEA)
Various climate scenarios and projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA). This looks at different scenarios like 2, 4, and 6  degrees celsius.
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Type: Website Tools
Executive Report: Sustainability through Partnerships
Dec 02, 2013
Collaboration is one of the keys to sustainability. Leaders from all sectors agree: solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation, and no single organization can do it alone. Which best practices enable firms to collaborate with other organizations to advance sustainable business? With help from the NBS Leadership Council, this report, Sustainability through... Read More
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Greening Blue Jeans: Insights from a New Competitor Collaboration
Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)
Jun 22, 2017
A team of rivals is making the denim industry more sustainable. NBS research guides their collaboration.
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Type: Article Tools
Understanding the environmental impacts of wool: A review of Life Cycle Assessment studies
Australian Wool Innovation, International Wool Textile Organisation
May 13, 2012
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is increasingly being used as a tool to report on the environmental impacts of products, and LCA impact categories are being used individually or in combination to compare the environmental credentials of alternative products. This paper reviews available LCA studies for wool and wool products, and describes the data and methods used as a basis for discussing the... Read More
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Review of Water Risk Tools. Guidance Document for the Oil and Gas Industry (2013)
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)
Apr 08, 2016
Primary Functions:Select the most appropriate water risk tools for your oil and gas company’s business needsThis guidance document provides a summary and explanation of several water risk tools, including the IPIECA Global Water Tool for Oil and Gas, a customized version of the WBCSD Global Water Tool, and the GEMI Local Water Tool™ for Oil and Gas. The guidance aims to provide companies with a... Read More
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Type: Course Tools
The Water Network (2015)
AquaSPE
Primary Functions:Connect and share knowledge with water professionals from 185 countriesThe Water Network is a neutral platform for multi-stakeholders to share content, best practices, policies, and technologies. The site accommodates both professionals and the public at large by providing dedicated areas for professional engagement and public education on general water issues.
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Private sector and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (2015)
Overseas Development Institute
Sep 28, 2015
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 private sector organizations and institutions working on WASH
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Type: Article Tools
The 3 Principle Sources of Funding Every Startup Needs
Entrepreneur.com
Apr 20, 2015
Overview of equity, debt, and bootstrapping.
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Type: Article Tools
Understanding “Sufficiency” in Water-Related Collective Action (2014)
CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy, CDP
Sep 29, 2014
Primary Functions:Assess river basin “sufficiency” so as to understand how much and what type of collective action is neededMore information at website:  http://ceowatermandate.org/sufficiency/
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Type: Article Tools
Engage Your Community Stakeholders: An Introductory Guide for Businesses
Sep 14, 2012
The growing expectation that companies should engage with their communities needn’t be a burden. There are some simple, step-by-step guidelines that all businesses – regardless of size or sector – can follow, as well as practical tools to help at each stage. A systematic approach like the one outlined in this guide can bring genuine business benefits.
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Guide to Raising Angel Investment
Oxygen Investors
What is angel investing, and tips for what angels look for.
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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 challenges that threaten the economy and local communities. It is designed to guide companies toward corporate sustainability leadership, and ultimately support an accelerated transition toward a more sustainable global economy.The... Read More
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Water Disclosure 2.0 (2009)
CEO Water Mandate
Feb 26, 2009
Primary Functions:Understand early corporate water disclosure practiceThis Mandate study compiles and analyzes the water-related information provided in the Corporate Responsibility (CR) reports of 110 companies representing 11 industry sectors that are either water-intensive in their operations or have significant leverage with which to influence water development, policy, or management. It... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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 Climate Vulnerability Assessment or Adaptation Plan? Our catalog of more than 200 digital tools can help you take steps to build resilience, from engaging a community to developing a climate action plan. 
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Type: Website Tools
Shared Water Challenges and Interests: The Case for Private Sector Engagement in Water Policy and Management (2013)
CEO Water Mandate, WWF
May 29, 2014
Primary Functions:Learn more about the possible role of the private sector in advancing sustainable water management
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Type: Article Tools
ARIES - ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services
ARtificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES)
ARIES redefines ecosystem services assessment and valuation in decision-making. The ARIES approach to mapping benefits, beneficiaries, and service flows is a powerful new way to visualize, value, and manage the ecosystems on which the human economy and well-being depend.
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Type: App Tools
Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Sep 19, 2017
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 contains a list of existing and established disclosures that businesses can use to report, and identifies relevant gaps, where disclosures are not available. It also lists illustrative actions that businesses can take to make... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
ICMM’s Practical Guide to Consistent Water Reporting (2017)
International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
Feb 28, 2017
Primary Functions:Defines an appropriate set of standardized water reporting metrics for the mining and metals industryOutlines the minimum disclosure standard for member companies which sets a transparent benchmark for the industryProvides practical guidance around preparing corporate water summaries and meeting the minimum disclosure standard.This guide is focussed on:defining an appropriate... Read More
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Southeast Asia Apparel Water Action – Summary Report (2011)
CEO Water Mandate, UN Environment Programme
Sep 29, 2012
Primary Functions:Learn good practices for water management in the apparel sector
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Sustainability Reporting Standards
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
The GRI Standards are the first global standards for sustainability reporting. They feature a modular, interrelated structure, and represent the global best practice for reporting on a range of economic, environmental and social impacts.
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Natural Capital Assessments at the National and Sub-national Level
Mar 01, 2016
Natural Capital Assessments at the National and Sub-national Level presents a stepwise guidance document to conducting a natural capital assessment. The steps presented in the guide are designed around sets of key questions, together with practical checklists of actions. The assessment process set out is designed to provide an evidence base for understanding and mapping the distribution of... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
IWRM Data Portal (2015)
UNEP-DHI Partnership
Dec 30, 2014
Primary Functions:Examine the progress of IWRM implementation within the individual countries and track the global progress towards better management of  water resourcesThis data portal offers a comprehensive collection of national IWRM implementation progress data drawn from two global country IWRM progress surveys. The data made available through this portal allows to both, examine the... Read More
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Type: Data / List of Values Tools
Water Stewardship in Colombia: How Cooperation Improves Water Governance of the Paramo de Santurban (2015)
Strategic Alliance for Water Stewardship (STA), International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP), GIZ
Jul 30, 2015
Primary Functions:Strengthen your collective action practice by learning about real-life examples of collaboration from Colombia
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Type: Article Tools
FLA Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing
Fair Labor Association (FLA)
Companies that join the FLA commit to ten Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing (and/or Responsible Production) and agree to uphold the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct in their supply chain.  Sourcing principles apply to FLA-affiliated brands and licensees, while production principles apply to FLA-affiliated suppliers and brands' owned production facilities. 
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State of the art and current situation: Sustainability study on clothes and their use and handling in the existing health care system
Mistra Future Fashion
Dec 20, 2015
This project has two tasks: one focusing on improving the environmental and sustainability in the use of patient clothing, and a second with a focus on how design and comfort can result in positive psychosocial effects. 
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Protect, Respect and Remedy: a Framework for Business and Human Rights
John Ruggie
Apr 06, 2008
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 and other business enterprises to submit his views and recommendations for its consideration, this report presents a conceptual and policy framework to anchor the business and human rights debate, and to help guide all... Read More
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Women's Safety in the Workplace
BSR Group, Her Project
Jan 28, 2017
This toolkit is designed to be used in the textile and garment sectors in India but might also be applicable in other export-oriented industries that employ large numbers of low-income female workers, such as call centers, IT, agriculture, and others. Some of the tools and exercises may need to be revised and contextualized before being used in other industries, but the concepts, reference to... Read More
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The Human Rights Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals Linking human rights with all Sustainable Development Goals and Targets
The Danish Institute for Human Rights
Mar 16, 2017
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 standards.
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Type: App Tools
StakeWare software for collecting, tracking, and managing stakeholder conversations and commitments
StakeWare
Focus on cross-enterprise qualitative data collection and team communication. Ability to visualize stakeholder relationships and focus on key commitments.
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Type: App Tools
OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Tool Selector
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The Tool Selector is designed to provide information on tools that can be used in conducting chemical substitutions or alternatives assessments. The filters below may be used to identify tools of greatest relevance to your substitution or alternatives assessment goals. You may also view more in-depth information on each tool, or a side-by-side comparison of a set of tools, by selecting two or... Read More
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Type: Other Tools
Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (2016)
Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, International Tourism Partnership
Dec 30, 2015
Primary Functions:The Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI) is a methodology and tool to enable hotels measure and report on water use in a consistent way. It was developed by the International Tourism Partnership in partnership with KPMG and 18 global hotel companies. HWMI is free of charge and can be used by any hotel anywhere in the world, from small guesthouses to 5 star resorts.... Read More
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Business Sustainability Maturity Model
Cristiano Hugo Cagnin, Denis Loveridge, Jeff Butler
Jan 01, 2005
This conceptual paper in sustainable business research introduces a business sustainability maturity model as an innovative solution to support companies move towards sustainable development. Such model offers the possibility for each firm to individually assess its position regarding five sustainability maturity levels and, as a consequence, build a tailored as well as a common strategy along... Read More
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Deloitte CSR Maturity Assessment
Deloitte
Jan 01, 2016
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 pro bono basis, we will model your CSR maturity and provide you with recommendations for development taking into account best practices.
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Type: Article Tools
EPRI Maturity Model
EPRI
Jan 01, 2014
This report details the initial phase of development of the Electric Power Sustainability Maturity Model (EPSMM). This phase of development defined the structure of the model, identified methods for implementation, and built four specific domains: Water Availability, Greenhouse Gases, Affordability, and Reliability.
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Type: Other Tools
Co$ting Nature
Jan 01, 2009
Provides information on and access to spatial modelling and mapping tools for mapping ecosystem services, water resources and the impacts of climate and land use change upon them, including the effects of policy interventions.
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
CDP
CDP
Jan 01, 2017
CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. We have built the most comprehensive collection of self-reported environmental data in the world. Our network of investors and purchasers, representing over $100 trillion, along with policy makers around the globe,... Read More
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Lean Six Sigma
Lean Six Sigma
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 leaders know the current state of their business. A Lean Six Sigma maturity assessment shows leaders how advanced their organization is in terms of Lean Six Sigma perspective, its strengths, weakness and improvement opportunities.
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Type: Other Tools
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 certification requires performance of a minimum verified score of 80 out of 200 on the B Impact Assessment. The B Impact Assessment measures the practices and policies of a company over the past year, as opposed to what it... Read More
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Making Sustainability Stick
Kevin Wilhelm
Jan 01, 2013
To realize the enormous financial, social, and environmental benefits of sustainability, you need to integrate it into everything your company does. Many companies have set out to do this, but few have fully achieved success. This book helps you transform sustainability from “something the company does” to a core source of value creation and innovation for the business--one that everyone can... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
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 aims to support better decisions by including how we interact with nature, or more specifically natural capital.
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Type: Website Tools
Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool
The Scottish Government
Dec 31, 2013
The Scottish Government, working in conjunction with the Scottish Cities Alliance and on behalf of Scotland’s Cities, has commissioned consultants to jointly develop a Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool that will help Scotland’s cities:Assess where you currently are on the journey to being a smart city;Decide where you want to be by 2020 aligned to your strategic... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Level(s) – A common EU framework of core sustainability indicators for office and residential buildings
European Commission
Aug 01, 2017
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 Building Sector by providing a set of indicators and common metrics for measuring the environmental performance of buildings throughout their life cycle. Beyond measuring environmental performance, Level(s) enables the measurement... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Water Action Hub (2013)
CEO Water Mandate
May 30, 2013
Primary Functions:Put your water projects on the mapIdentify and connect with potential collective action partnersLearn about water stewardship projects
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Type: App Tools
UNGC Life Cycle Management Maturity Project
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
Dec 31, 2012
The Capability Maturity Model or Framework is about communication and training on organization of life cycle management in global value chains.
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Type: Article Tools
Biodiversity Indicators for Monitoring Impacts and Conservation Actions
Jan 01, 2003
The Energy & Biodiversity Initiative's "Biodiversity Indicators for Monitoring Impacts and Conservation Actions" guide provides guidance for integrating biodiversity conservation into upstream oil and gas development. In particular this document outlines a methodology for developing site-level indicators to monitor significant positive and negative biodiversity impacts and company-level... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Sustainability Scorecard
Gib Hedstrom
Jan 01, 2014
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 (on a one-to-four maturity scale) vis-à-vis sustainability – compared with: a) Competitors and other peer companies? Best practices today? Where we think leaders are heading? 2) Where do we want to be tomorrow – given… a) The... Read More
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Type: Template / Workbook / Spreadsheet Tools
NSF/ANSI 426 - 2017 - Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers
NSF International Standard / American National Standard
Aug 01, 2017
The purpose of this Standard for servers is to establish product environmental performance criteria and corporate performance metrics that exemplify environmental leadership and corporate social responsibility in the market. These performance criteria are intended to form the basis of conformity assessment programs, such as third-party certification or registration. 
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Type: Other Tools
Reporting Guidance for Responsible Palm
Ceres
Jan 24, 2017
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 expectations for corporate reporting on company commitments towards responsible palm oil sourcing and production.
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Type: Book / Report Tools
ELD Initiative: User Guide - A 6+1 step approach to assess the economics of land management
Jan 01, 2015
The 6+1 step approach is the analysis method that has been adopted by the ELD Initiative to guide users through the process of establishing scientifically sound cost-benefit analyses to inform decision-making processes. Table 1 shows a summary of each step and which aspect of the process it targets. Each step will then be discussed in detail, with practical examples from the work of the ELD... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
OPAL (Offset Portfolio Analyzer and Locator)
Jan 01, 2016
OPAL is a tool for quantifying the impacts of development and the value of potential protection or restoration activities to biodiversity and ecosystem services.  OPAL helps identify mitigation options that can restore ecosystem service benefits back to the same people affected by a development project and tracks the amount of mitigation needed to meet biodiversity and ecosystem service... Read More
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Type: App Tools
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 sustainability. The toolkits are science-based and stakeholder-informed, including input by companies, academics, civil society organizations, and government agencies.
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Type: Article Tools
ELEVATE Responsible Sourcing Management Model
ELEVATE
A responsible sourcing management model developed by ELEVATE to help sustainability professionals to responsibly source private label products.  The model is broken down into five sections:  Strategy and CommitmentCommunicating, Reporting and EngagingInternal AlignmentSupplier Monitoring and EngagementTransparency & TraceabilityThe model further identifies initiatives as being either core,... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS)
The Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS) supports the design of cost-effective investments in watershed services, providing a standardized, science-based approach to watershed management in contexts throughout the world. It combines biophysical, social, and economic data to help users identify the best locations for protection and restoration activities to maximize the ecological... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Corporate Natural Capital Accounts
Jan 01, 2015
This study develops a methodology for corporate natural capital accounting. The study is structured around three main phases of work: Constructing a methodological framework for corporate natural capital accounting; Developing pilot natural capital accounts; Preparing 'generic' corporate natural capital framework and guidance. The framework establishes a system for measuring and valuing... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network
New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network, a market intelligence community for renewable energy.
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Type: Website Tools
Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool
Jan 01, 2008
Coastal Resilience examines natures role in reducing coastal community risk, through four critical steps: 1) Assess risk and vulnerability; 2) Identify solutions; 3) Take action; 4) Measure effectiveness. The online mapping tool supports planners, government officials, and communities to develop risk reduction, restoration and resilience strategies. It includes a data-viewing platform and suite... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
A Study of Electricity Procurement Strategies
Oct 01, 2013
Our study evaluated the performance of six energy purchasing strategies over a 10-year period to determine which approaches would have helped customers manage both budget volatility risk and energy cost over time.
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Social Progress Index
The Social Progress Imperative
The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 Social Progress Index includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators.
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Type: App Tools
Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The aim of this module is to assist forest managers, forest policymakers and decision-makers, urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, private landowners and other stakeholders in assessing, planning and sustainably managing trees and forests in and around cities. The module presents common issues and challenges associated with urban and peri-urban forestry and provides strategies and tools... Read More
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Type: Website Tools
Resource Guides | Building Energy Codes Program
Energy code compliance often requires more than a list of basic requirements. In many cases, additional information is needed to better understand the intent of and need for energy code provisions. This critical need for information can help clarify the code intent, empowering those who effectively design and construct buildings to meet code, as well as those who conduct plan reviews and... Read More
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Type: Suite of Tools Tools
Engaging Employees at All Levels
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Oct 06, 2017
Learn to develop a successful employee engagement strategy building initiatives based on the varying interests, motivations, and constraints of your workforce.
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Type: Article Tools
CEE Program Resources | CEE—Consortium for Energy Efficiency
The initiatives and initiative resources listed in each unfolding panel below are the result of CEE members analyzing business prospects, identifying energy efficient products and services, and engaging manufacturers and other market stakeholders to develop credible approaches for encouraging market uptake and achieving verifiable energy savings. To be consistent with the breadth and scale... Read More
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Type: Website Tools
Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability
Sloan Management Review (SMR)
Jan 15, 2015
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 Sustainability & Innovation project, the 2014 research focused on the critical role of sustainability collaborations that address systemic issues, and on the role of the board of directors in guiding their companies’ sustainability... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Sustainability Reporting Playbook
Network for Business Sustainability (NBS)
Oct 12, 2017
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 your company’s strategic agenda. Business leader interested in understanding how sustainability reporting can support strategy implementation and better business practices. Public relations/communications manager looking to... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
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, developers and investors through the masterplanning process, before embarking on procurement, detailed building level design and construction.
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Type: Template / Workbook / Spreadsheet Tools
Comply Chain: Business Tools for Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Sep 20, 2017
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 Comply Chain: Business Tools for Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains.
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Type: App Tools
Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas
World Resources Institute
Aqueduct's global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide.
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Type: App Tools
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)
Jun 01, 2015
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 for global sustainability.
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Fighting Corruption in the Supply Chain: A Guide for Customers and Suppliers
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Jun 02, 2016
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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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Responsible Down Standard - Training Tools (Brand toolkit)
Textile Exchange
1. Read and understand the Responsible Down Standard 2. Identify types of down and feathers for RDS 3. Identify top tier down supplier/s4. Determine sourcing region/s5. Create strategy for RDS application6. Identify what is already certified7. Establish training and certification plan8. Set clear expectations with down supplier/s9. Certify your full supply chain 10. Support the Process 
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Type: Other Tools
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 clear direction of travel to limit global warming to ‘well below’ 2 degrees Celsius,” says Joe Franses, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability. 
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Type: Article Tools
Mind the Science
CDP
May 01, 2015
A report outlining what science says business needs to do to tackle climate change.  Report writing: Mark Nichollswww.wemeanbusinesscoalition.orgLead author and coordination: Pedro FariaContributors to this report include:CDP: Nicole Labutong, Karl WasmuthWWF: Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Paola Delgado, CaroleTornayUN Global Compact: Heidi HuuskoWRI: Nate Aden, Stephen Russel
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Type: Article Tools
Supply Chain Sustainability - A Practical Guide for Continuous Improvement, Second Edition
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), BSR
Jun 01, 2015
Illustrates how Global Compact signatories can implement the ten principles throughout their supply chains and integrate sustainability into procurement strategies. In 2015, the guide was revised to ensure the inclusion of and alignment with relevant standards and initiatives, and also to reflect current and emerging trends within this area. It includes several updated and new company examples.... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
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
May 30, 2015
Primary Functions:Learn how companies can adapt to climate change through a collection of case examples, including some related to waterHighlights the benefits for businesses of implementing adaptation activities that contribute to increasing societal resilience and attaining the SDGs. The report shares lessons learned and provides actionable guidance for both the public and private sector.
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Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 1: Concepts, Principles and Goals Release 1
Future-Fit Foundation
May 11, 2016
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 started on the journey to future-fitness. All readers should start here.Also, see Part 2 here:  https://shift.tools/resources/1303/
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Deforestation-free Supply Chains: Financial Impact for Brazilian Beef Production
NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
Oct 12, 2017
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 allocated according to short-term, bottom-line pressures. We thus wanted to figure out a way to help executives quantify the financial benefits of reducing their firm’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.We chose Brazil’s beef industry... Read More
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Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES)
Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE)
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 the Aichi targets in Europe.
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Geo-RSPO | RSPO - Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
RSPO will transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Use this tool to: Advance the production, procurement, finance and use of sustainable palm oil products Develop, implement, verify, assure and periodically review credible global standards for the entire supply chain of sustainable palm oil Monitor and evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts of the uptake of... Read More
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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 purpose is to empower you to be an effective champion of the Sustainable Development Goals, by showing how companies can use the Goals as a springboard for success in tomorrow’s markets.The guide includes a fully customizable pitch... Read More
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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 our company and from key partners as well. The aim is to support the UN in implementing the SDGs and to broaden awareness and understanding of the SDGS for our customers, governments, researchers, companies, NGOs and individuals.
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Retail Employee Engagement for Sustainability
Retail Industry Leader's Association (RILA)
Jun 01, 2012
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 employee engagement practices for sustainability.
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Zero Waste Textile Initiative to Keep Apparel, Footwear, Linens Out of the Landfill
The Zero Waste Textile Initiative encouraging residents and businesses to recycle unwanted apparel, footwear and other textiles at an event at Westfield San Francisco Centre.  The initiative partners the City with S.F. Goodwill and other nonprofits, retail businesses, and I:Collect— a leading global end-to-end solutions provider that collects textiles for reuse and recycling into items such as... Read More
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Towards the Circular Economy: Accelerating the Scale-Up Across Global Supply Chains
World Economic Forum, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company
Business leaders, consumers and governments alike have discovered that continued wealth generation requires a new industrial model that is less dependent on primary energy and materials inputs, and ultimately able to regenerate our natural capital. In its recent reports, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has focused on the economic and business benefits of such a circular model of growth.In this... Read More
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SASB Implementation Guide for Companies - Excerpt Review
Jan 06, 2016
The SASB Implementation Guide is a reference document for issuers who are in the process of integrating the use of SASB standards into their existing 10-K or 20-F disclosure processes. SASB standards are a cost-effective way for issuers to communicate their material sustainability impacts to investors in a decision-useful format that satisfies the requirements of Regulation S-K.*Note that this... Read More
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The Poverty Footprint – A People-centred Approach to Assessing Business Impacts on Sustainable Development
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), OXFAM
Sep 01, 2015
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 Poverty Footprint provides a comprehensive overview of factors that influence poverty, and it emphasizes stakeholder engagement and partnership between companies and civil society as a means for establishing pro-poor... Read More
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Management options to reduce carbon footprint of livestock products
University of Aarhus
Dec 21, 2014
Livestock products carry a large carbon footprint compared with other foods, and thus there is a need to focus on how to reduce it. The major contributing factors are emissions related to feed use and manure handling as well as the nature of the land required to produce the feed in question. We can conclude that the most important mitigation options include:better feed conversion at the system... Read More
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WBCSD Water Tool Box
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
The WBCSD has developed a certain number of tools, methodologies or principles that aim to support member companies’ sustainability journey.These different tools are briefly introduced in this document, while more information on each of them is freely available on the WBCSD website.In this document, the tools are classified in categories that correspond to different stages of the journey... Read More
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How is Water Relevant to My Company
CEO Water Mandate
There is no shortage of sustainability and social responsibility issues for businesses to understand and address. Often, businesses only have limited resources to devote to these issues and therefore have to prioritize some over others. How can you know if water is particularly relevant to your business success and your stakeholders, and therefore warrants priority action?Answer the questions... Read More
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SFTool - Sustainable Facilities Tool - GSA Sustainable Facilites Tool
General Services Administration (GSA)
Welcome to the Sustainable Facilities Tool! You’re here because you care about efficient, healthy buildings and environmentally-responsible purchasing. Whether you’re a facility manager, purchasing agent, designer, tenant, or just curious, SFTool can help you take action to green your buildings, purchases, and operations.
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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 stewardship is the use of water in ways that are socially equitable, environmentally sustainable, and economically beneficial. It can be adopted by businesses, through corporate water stewardship, as well as by growers,... 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 basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often... Read More
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Post-retail responsibility of garments – a fashion industry perspective
Dec 29, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to study the reuse and recycling of garments from the fashion industry's perspective. Through multiple case studies the paper maps the emerging organizational field of post-retail responsibility of garments, describing how and why several fashion companies have engaged with reuse and recycling practices and which opportunities and challenges they face.
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P2OASys
P2OASys allows companies to assess the potential environmental, worker, and public health impacts of alternative technologies aimed at reducing toxics use. The goal is more comprehensive and systematic thinking about the potential hazards posed by current and alternative processes identified during the TUR planning process. The tool can assist companies to systematically examine the potential... Read More
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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 sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. 
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Sustainable Portfolio Management Guide
Solvay
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 global and systematic assessment helps alert the business to sustainability market signals, even weak ones, to anticipate their impact and develop the right answers in a timely way. It enables value to be captured in emerging... Read More
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Helping Boards Face Climate Change
Ceres
Jul 19, 2017
Corporate secretaries and boards need to work together to ensure companies address climate change and other risks effectively. 
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Embedding Sustainability Self-Assessment
Interested in understanding your own company's journey? Consider undertaking this free, preliminary practices self-assessment.
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TCFD Knowledge Hub
The Hub hosts a range of resources that can help you identify, analyze and report climate-related financial information. The platform has been created to support the adoption of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and the development of high-quality, consistent and comparable climate-related financial disclosures.   On the platform, you will be able to... Read More
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Climate Policy Tracker
Climate Policy Tracker
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 policies resulting from the Paris Agreement on climate change are reshaping national economies, development paths and value chains for companies. This tracker helps position businesses for success by providing up-to-date... Read More
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Engage the Chain: An Investor Guide on Agricultural Supply Chain Risk
Ceres
Jun 23, 2017
Engage the Chain overviews the environmental and social risks and impacts of 8 commonly sourced agricultural commodities: beef, corn, dairy, fiber-based packaging, palm oil, soybeans, sugarcane and wheat. These commonly sourced commodities are among the most prominent drivers of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and water depletion and pollution. The interactive report also clarifies... Read More
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The Circular Design Guide
Ellen MacArthur Foundation, IDEO
What if you could redesign everything? The Circular Design Guide is a collaboration between IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It's an action-oriented set of methods, mindsets and thought starters to help innovators design circular solutions that are fit for the future.
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Business Guide to Circular Water Management
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Jun 07, 2017
Business guide to circular water management: spotlight on reduce, reuse and recycle
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S-Ray - Arabesque
Welcome to Arabesque S-Ray™, our unique tool that allows anyone to monitor the sustainability of over 7,000 of the world’s largest corporations. Smart and simple to use, Arabesque S-Ray™ looks beneath a company’s surface by assessing its extra financial performance, helping us to better understand its value to society. Through machine learning and big data, Arabesque S-Ray™ systematically... Read More
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Maximize Your Impact
The Maximise Your Impact guide was developed within “Know Your Impact: Social Impact Management Tools for Young Social Entrepreneurs” by Estonian Social Enterprise Network, Koç University Social Impact Forum, Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting and Social Value UK. The “Know Your Impact: Social Impact Management Tools for Young Social Entrepreneurs” is funded by Erasmus + programme of the... Read More
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SDG Compass – A Guide for Business Action to Advance the Sustainable Development Goals
The SDG Compass provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realization of the SDGs.
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Supply Chain Mapping
Supply chain mapping software that enables companies to trace products to the source – tracking social, financial, and environmental risks every step of the way
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Improving Community Relations
Oct 30, 2017
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...
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LEED professional credential
U.S. Green Building Council
The professional credential exams measure your understanding of green building design, construction and operations. The LEED AP exams also assess your understanding of the LEED rating system and your ability to facilitate the certification process.
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Science Based Targets
Science Based Targets Initiative
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 prevent the worst impacts of climate change.
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Climate Smart Agriculture Sourcebook
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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 makers, programme managers, sectoral experts, academics, extensionists, as well as practitioners to make the agricultural sectors (crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry) more sustainable and productive, while responding to... Read More
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The MultiCapital Scorecard
Center for Sustainable Organizations (CSO)
The MultiCapital Scorecard - Rethinking Organizational Performance
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SPOT: The source for product sustainability information.
UL
The source for product sustainability information. Detailed Product Information. Sustainable building credits information. Master Format product coding.
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World Bank Climate Variability Tool
IRI, The World Bank
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.
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Biodiversity Footprint Calculator
This tool calculates the biodiversity impact of your company's supply chain, production process and transport that can be related to one or more products. With the calculator it is possible to calculate the biodiversity footprint for multiple scenarios. It is recommended to use the first scenario to describe the current situation and to use subsequent scenarios to describe all kinds of... Read More
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Business Case Examples: Environmental Issues
Solution Matrix LLC
Case studies of environmental business cases.
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Reporting Landscape Map
The Corporate Reporting Landscape Map provides a snapshot of corporate reporting initiatives and is intended to be a simple navigational tool. Users of the map should consult source documents for complete framework or standard details and implementation requirements.
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Lead From the Top - Building Sustainability Competence On Corporate Boards
Ceres
Sep 14, 2017
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 directors shoulder a new set of tasks. They need to be able to determine which sustainability risks are the most material to the companies they lead. They also need to help direct their companies to capitalize on the market... Read More
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The Business Case for the Current SEC Shareholder Proposal Process
Ceres
Apr 24, 2017
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 Ceres investor program staff with major contributions from numerous investor members of the Ceres, ICCR and US SIF investor networks, who have been active in filing shareholder proposals as part of their corporate engagement and... Read More
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Executive Report: Driving Social Change
Jan 09, 2013
Organizations have the resources and market influence to effect positive change. Through product labeling, supply chain management, cause marketing, corporate philanthropy, employee volunteerism and NGO (non-government organization) partnerships, companies are helping society get active, eat healthy foods, dispose of products properly, use less energy and generally live more sustainable... Read More
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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 forces that can impact a company’s profitability, success or even survival.Risk management experts across academic and consulting institutions alike perceive that the impact of economic and legal risks on a business and... Read More
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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 to achieve them. To this end, Aviva, the UN Foundation, BSDC, and Index Initiative are investigating the idea of establishing the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) to develop, fund, house and safeguard free, publicly... 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)
Sep 27, 2017
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 the sector’s impact on the environment drastically.These innovations, in combination with disruptive global mega-trends such as digitalization, indicate that the clothing and textile industry is at the brink of radical... Read More
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Green Infrastructure Support Tool (GIST)
The Earth Genome
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 Genome tool — The Green Infrastructure Support Tool, or GIST, focused on revealing options for corporate decisions on water use — by engaging with seven global corporations (under the auspices of WBCSD) for whom water is... Read More
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Post-2015 Agenda and Related Sustainable Development Goals Issue Focus: Water & Sanitation and the Role of Business (2014)
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Dec 30, 2013
Primary Functions:Gain insight into the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the role of business in advancing core policy goals related to water and sanitationThis issue brief describes the UN Global Compact’s and CEO Water Mandate’s input into the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the role of business in advancing core policy goals related to water. This brief reflects much of the thinking and... Read More
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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND BUILD STRATEGIES FOR CRAFT BREWERS
Brewers Association (BA)
Sustainable Design and Build Strategies for Craft Brewers outlines important considerations both for brewers who are just beginning and need some guidance on how to design a sustainable building for their operations, and for brewers and pub owners who are looking to enhance, expand, or renovate their operations and wish to incorporate green building elements into their designs.See full website:... Read More
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Executive Guide to Carbon Pricing Leadership
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Jan 01, 2015
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 companies, as well as other experts who are implementing carbon pricing programmes within companies and/or advocating for government policies in countries around the world. Experiences and insights from others will help more... Read More
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Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World
Breaking Through Gridlock
May 22, 2017
Jason Jay & Gabriel Grant share clear-cut and actionable pathways for having difficult conversations about polarizing issues in pursuit of a better world.
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Environmental Management System (EMS) – Higg Index Training & Support
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
Environmental Management System (EMS) An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a holistic strategy and process to identify, track and manage the environmental impacts of your facility over time. While it’s possible to make incremental environmental improvements at your facility without a comprehensive plan, your facility can only maximize environmental performance by setting a long-term... Read More
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Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
GRESB
An industry-driven organization that assesses the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally, including real estate portfolios, real estate debt portfolios and infrastructure.
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Science-based Target Setting Manual
Science Based Targets Initiative
Jul 19, 2017
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 setting SBTs to communicating progress against established SBTs.
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GRESB Debt Assessment
GRESB
This tool applies benchmarking to enable institutional investors to extend ESG integration to their real estate debt investments.
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Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE): Helping Cities Use Energy Efficiently
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 setting, and financial analytics.
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Collaborative Community Development: A Guide for Managers
Jan 09, 2017
What's Included in this GuideThis guide draws on extensive research to help you chart your journey with collaborative community development. The guide explains when collaborative community development is appropriate, and provides detailed guidance on how to implement it. Case studies of other companies' experience illustrate the concepts.Who Should Read this GuideThis approach is particularly... Read More
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Performance in Watershed Context for the Beverage Industry (2015)
Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER)
Feb 28, 2015
Primary Functions:Measure beverage facility water performance in the context of local watershed conditionsWith this release, BIER is building momentum towards creating a consistent and transparent process that will help businesses and watershed-level partners make more informed decisions with regards to water stewardship investments and actions. With increasing pressure internally and... Read More
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GRESB Infrastructure
GRESB
GRESB Infrastructure provides assessment, scoring, and peer benchmarking for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of infrastructure companies and funds.
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WASH in the Workplace Self-Assessment Tool (2014) - DOWNLOAD (.XLSX)
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
May 29, 2014
Primary Functions:Assess the current status of access to safe WASH at the workplace in a given facilitySupport decision-making regarding investments and priority actionsThe Self-Assessment Tool complements these resources and represents a method of assessing the current status of access to safe WASH at the workplace in a given facility of the company, in order to identify potential gaps to... Read More
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Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship (2012)
CEO Water Mandate
Jul 31, 2012
Understand international and legal trends related to the human rights to water and sanitationIdentify potential synergies between respecting human rights and existing water stewardship effortsExpectations that business will respect, and in some cases support or help fulfill, internationally recognized human rights have increased over the past decade. Businesses have recognized the importance of... Read More
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Higg Design and Development Module (Higg DDM)
The Higg Design and Development Module (Higg DDM) offers designers quick and simple guidance to reduce a product’s impact. This tool is meant to be used in the earliest stages of the product creation process, before samples are generated, to gain the maximum reduction in negative environmental impact.
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GHG Emissions Calculation Tools
World Resources Institute (WRI)
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 inventory can only be developed after careful attention to quality control issues and to the activity data required. Only then should emissions be estimated. The GHG Protocol’s Corporate Standard provides guidance on the... Read More
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Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard
The Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard allows companies to assess their entire value chain emissions impact and identify where to focus reduction activities.
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Mitigation Action Assessment Protocol
This is a climate action planning framework that serves to guide decision makers in identifying indicators, setting targets, etc. It’s more of a process framework than a calculator.
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Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World
Feb 24, 2015
Is your firm stuck in a rut of hasty decision-making, short-term goal setting, and poor future planning?Driving firm value requires the right mix of short- and long-term actions. Though both are necessary for firms to thrive, most unfortunately place greater emphasis on short-term goals without much consideration for the future.This guide will help your organization find the right combination... Read More
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Chemicals Management Module (2015)
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)
Benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve your chemicals management processes and thus reduce water pollutionThe Chemicals Management Module is a roadmap for companies to benchmark, establish, build, maintain and improve  chemicals management processes, and integrate them with other business processes as part of an overall corporate management system.1 It provides an overall strategic... Read More
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Measuring and Valuing Social Capital
Jan 21, 2015
“It’s not what you know but who you know.” People have always recognized the importance of relationships.The integrated reporting movement asked that businesses make relationships part of their reporting. International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) guidance suggests that a company’s public report should include information about six forms of “capital,” including social capital, which... Read More
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Reaching deep in low-income markets
Research finds for-profit enterprises successfully serving low-income markets, achieving economic sustainability and scalability at the bottom of the pyramid.Analysis: Depth of reach into the bottom of the pyramid, critical variables, and success factors.Enterprises seeking to achieve both impact and financial returns have worked hard for many years to deliver critical goods and services to... Read More
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The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI)
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
The Higg MSI is a cradle-to-gate material scoring tool that: Enables companies to compare their materials against others Makes comparable environmental data available to the public Can be used to empower product development teams to make more sustainable choices during materials selection The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) provides access to a large amount of relevant information... Read More
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ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management
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 energy management. The document is broken out into the guidelines' seven main steps: STEP 1: Make Commitment STEP 2: Assess Performance STEP 3: Set Goals STEP 4: Create Action Plan STEP 5: Implement Action Plan STEP 6:... Read More
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Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Resources
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 electricity system. WWF and WRI facilitated their efforts.
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We Mean Business Coalition
The We Mean Business coalition is catalyzing business action and driving policy ambition to accelerate the low-carbon transition.
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GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance
The Scope 2 Guidance standardizes how corporations measure emissions from purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heat and cooling (called “scope 2 emissions”). The guidance includes: New requirements for accounting for emissions from energy contracts and instruments (such as renewable energy credits) in GHG inventories Eight Scope 2 Quality Criteria that all contractual instruments must... Read More
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Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier
Dec 30, 2017
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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Climate Initiatives Platform
The Climate Initiatives Platform (CIP) is being hosted by UN Environment and the UNEP DTU Partnership, through a project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. The platform contains a comprehensive collection of information on international climate initiatives (ICIs). Those intiatives were primarily launched by so-called non-state actors. The latest Emission Gap... Read More
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BizNGOs Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol
BizNGO
Apr 10, 2012
The BizNGO Chemical Alternatives Assessment Protocol is a decision framework for substituting chemicals of concern to human health or the environment with safer alternatives. It describes a process for identifying alternatives to a chemical of concern, screening out equally hazardous alternatives, and selecting an alternative that is technically and economically viable and does not have the... Read More
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Waste Calculator
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 reduction equipment can reduce storage requirements.Read more about the Waste Calculator here.
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Center for Corporate Climate Leadership Supply Chain Guidance
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Information for organizations interested in reducing their supply chain emissions.
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Type: Website Tools
CDP’s Climate Questionnaire
Climate change information request Climate change questionnaire for companies disclosing to this year's investor request.  
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CDP Disclosure Guidance for Companies
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 guidance that is available. A full suite of support, guidance documents and webinars can be accessed through your dashboard when you log in and activate your questionnaire(s).
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C40 Resources
C40 Research, Measurement and Planning C40 Research, Measurement and Planning leverages our unprecedented database of city actions, extensive network of partnerships, and unique organisational insight to demonstrate the power of cities to address climate change. C40’s Research analyses key trends, identify opportunities for further action across the global C40 network, and help prioritize C40... Read More
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Good Jobs Scorecard
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, competitive, and moral reasons for change. You can also use it to set goals and targets and to track progress. Once you determine your performance gaps, the Good Jobs Diagnostic will help you identify what you need to change.The Good... Read More
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Good Jobs Diagnostic
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 intended for CEOs, senior executives, and frontline managers. Ideally, the assessment should be done individually and then discussed in a group. The survey has seven sections: an intro section and six sections corresponding to the... Read More
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Global Climate Action Playbook 2018
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 snapshot of country-level analysis on Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals. The Playbook is designed for business and Governments to work together to enhance country level ambition and action... Read More
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Investor Water Toolkit
Nov 29, 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 resources, databases, case studies and other tools for all investors to use, from pension funds to endowments to asset managers. The Toolkit was developed in collaboration with more than 40 institutional investors from across the... Read More
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Shift Project - Business and Human Rights
We shift mindsets and practices through direct dialogue and capacity building. We are a team that works directly with companies, governments, civil society, investors and others on business and human rights.
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Mobilizing Women to Lead on the SDGs
Dec 13, 2017
A webinar conversation with GlobeScan, Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and Unilever on how business can invest in women to lead on the SDGs.
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Type: Other Tools
Doing Business With Respect for Human Rights
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 comprehensive guide designed for companies of all sizes, sectors and geographies. It is intended to equip readers with practical advice and real-life examples that help to translate the high-level expectations in the UN Guiding... Read More
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidance: Direct Fugitive Emissions from Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Fire Suppression, and Industrial Gases
Nov 01, 2014
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 emissions from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, fire suppression systems, or purchased industrial gases with one of the following methods. This guidance document addresses the following: • Emissions from users... Read More
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Type: Book / Report Tools
Midwest Row Crop Collaborative
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, while also conserving and improving natural resources and ensuring the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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Fieldprint Platform
This tool has been developed for corn, cotton, rice, wheat, potatoes and soybean growers to better understand and communicate how management choices affect overall sustainability performance and operational efficiency. We work to empower brands, retailers, suppliers and farmers at every stage in their sustainability journey with our pioneering assessment framework.
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index: State Leadership & Rankings
Jan 15, 2017
The Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index: State Leadership & Rankings was created to guide members of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and others in their efforts to boost renewable energy (RE) usage across their operations in the United States. 
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Voluntary principles for networked devices
These principles have been developed under the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan in 2015 by the Networked Devices Task Group. These voluntary principles comprise are one initiative of the Connected Devices Alliance presented to G20 Energy Ministers, and include: Design Principles to provide guidance on the key features of energy efficient networked devices, networks and communication protocols... Read More
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Towards Understanding Sustainable Textile Waste Management: Environmental impacts and social indicators
Jan 01, 2014
Global population growth and rising living standards have increased apparel consumption, and thegeneration of textile and clothing waste. This has raised concerns about lost resources and theenvironmental damage associated with these flows. The sustainable development of textile wastemanagement from both environmental and social perspectives is explored in this thesis.The first part of this... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
Conversion of leather wastes to useful products
The main objective of the present study is to investigate the production of useful materials from different kinds of leather waste. Three different types of tannery wastes (chromium- and vegetable-tanned shavings, and buffing dust) were pyrolyzed in a fixed bed reactor at temperatures of 450 and 600 °C under N2 atmosphere. Gas, oil, ammonium carbonate and carboneous residue were obtained by... Read More
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Waste Reduction Model (WARM)
EPA created the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from several different waste management practices. WARM calculates and totals GHG emissions of baseline and alternative waste management practices—source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, combustion, composting and landfilling.
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Zero Waste Rating System
Oct 12, 2017
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 and supporting public health.  The TRUE Zero Waste rating system applies to physical facilities and their operations.
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Type: Framework / Guidelines Tools
A Review of Methods for Measuring Willingness-to-Pay
Jun 01, 2006
Knowledge about a product’s willingness-to-pay on behalf of its (potential) customers plays a crucial role in many areas of marketing management like pricing decisions or new product development. Numerous approaches to measure willingness-to-pay with differential conceptual foundations and methodological implications have been presented in the relevant literature so far. This article provides... Read More
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CO2 Recovery System Saves Brewers Money
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 generates up to about 60,000 barrels per year, and units can be stacked to increase that capacity.
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Type: Article Tools
Business Model Design
MaRS
Worksheet and guidebook for developing a business model.
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Fashion Takes Action
Changing the way we create and consume fashion.  Fashion Takes Action advances sustainability in the entire fashion system through education, awareness and collaboration.
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Type: Website Tools
Offsets in Public-Sector Procurement: Tools for Economic Development or Avenues for Corruption?
Jun 01, 2017
Offsets represent a valuable tool for success in international markets: (i) buyers see them as opportunity to use the offsets to either “jump start” or develop specific industries (mainly those dependent on technology and innovation); (ii) buyers use the offsets as tool for the large investments required for infrastructure and defence upgrades. From a seller’s perspective, offsets help... Read More
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Cities, Climate Change and Green Growth
Cities are home to over half of the world’s population. Cities characterise many of today’s global economic and environmental challenges and deliver cost-effective policy responses. Latest news: Policy Perspectives on Cities and Climate Change.
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Being an Effective Change Agent
We asked CEOs, board members, and sustainability executives from a range of global companies to describe the characteristics of effective sustainability change agents. After over 100 interviews and a review of prior academic research on CEO decision-making, we developed these resources to share insights on how corporate change agents can help influence CEO thinking on sustainabilityIn our... Read More
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Type: Suite of Tools Tools
Farmers Edge | Grow. More. Precisely.
Our approach to farm management begins with field-centric data. Field-by-field, zone-by-zone, we collect, transfer, manage and analyze your data safely and securely. Combining all the tools you need and more into one easy-to-use solution, we’ve done the heavy lifting so you can focus on  making effective decisions.
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Type: App Tools
Benojo Social Philanthropy
Benojo
Benojo helps organisations and individuals connect and contribute to the charitable causes they care about.Through class-leading technology and professional guidance, we make workplace giving, fundraising, volunteering and ticketed events simple and cost-effective - and as a social enterprise it's free for charities.
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Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
The CHRB is a public benchmark which assesses the largest global companies on their human rights performance. It allows all interested stakeholders to see how well-known brands and companies are doing when it comes to implementing the UNGPs, and it allows companies to compare themselves to, and learn from, their international peers.
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Essensus Tool
Essensus
We support companies to mature sustainability integration into their core business, product development and related processes. By understanding their current maturity, ambition levels are accurately translated into feasible and structured roadmaps and action plans.
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Type: Other Tools
The How2Recycle Label
Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a part of GreenBlue
Jan 01, 2012
The How2Recycle label empowers people to recycle more and better, and influences brands to change their packaging to be more recyclable.How2Recycle® is the first and only comprehensive recycling labeling system for packaging in the US, designed specifically for consumers. The label can be applied to any product, any packaging material, any format. Today, the How2Recycle program boasts over 80... Read More
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GHG calculator for solid waste
Sep 01, 2013
This simulation provides a simple spreadsheet model for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from all the existing waste management practices (transportation, mix waste landfilling,composting, anaerobic digestion, mechanical biological treatment, recycling, incineration and open burning) in developing Asia. In addition, this simulation is useful to estimate GHG emission/reductions from the... Read More
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Type: Calculator / Equations / Formula Tools
Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool
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, materials, diversion potential, upstream impacts, receptivity and other factors.
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Type: Website Tools
Polyester Recycling
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 materials, the case for polyester fibre proves this to be incorrect. Polyester is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that creates damaging environmental impacts during the extraction process. However, when considering... Read More
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Type: Article Tools
The Product Success Platform. Model any attribute across value chains.
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, health, risk, and compliance across value chains. Add your products to sell more, buy smarter and be sustainable.
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Is your nonfinancial performance revealing the true value of your business to investors?
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 the part of investment professionals. But the question we continue to seek to answer is whether ESG information is, ultimately, infl uencing investor decisions. In each of the last three years, research undertaken by EY has... Read More
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An Introduction to the Embedding Framework
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 understand what embedding looks like, how to assess your company’s progress, and how to prioritize your efforts.
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Teck Strategy for Sustainability Case Study
This case provides a detailed look at the development of Teck's strategy for sustainability. It gives insight into the rationale behind the strategy, the engagement of senior and mid-level management in the development of the strategy, as well as some key challenges and lessons learned from this experience.
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Storytelling for Sustainability
When people in organizations communicate, they often do it through stories. Our “Storytelling for Sustainability” guidebook was developed through the Embedding Project's Community of Practice process. It blends research with stories from practitioners in organizations working to embed sustainability to help you:Understand what storytelling looks like in practice, and reflect on this in the... Read More
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International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association of sustainability professionals. We work to make sustainability standard practice through empowering professionals to advance sustainability in organizations and communities around the globe. As a professional association, ISSP improves the skills of sustainability practitioners... Read More
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Type: Website Tools
Growing water risk resilience: An investor guide on agricultural supply chains
Mar 05, 2018
The document outlines why and how investors engage with companies on agricultural supply chain water risk.
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Type: Book / Report Tools
EDGE Buildings
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 sector). The tool has transformed building investments and planning projects within the IFC. CURB’s algorithms for the building sector were adapted from the EDGE tool.EDGE green building certification makes it faster and easier... Read More
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Type: App Tools
Food Lion Implementation Model - Project Planning
Dec 01, 2017
Food Lion's Energy Team has built a trusting relationship with finance and other departments. By incorporating long and short-term considerations with stakeholder engagement, the value of energy management is recognized and realized.
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Type: Case Study Tools
Corporate Sustainability Software
Our corporate sustainability software solutions simplify reporting, risk management, audits, strategy and resource optimization across your entire organization.Sustainability Reporting and ManagementEHS ManagementEnergy ManagementBuilding Portfolio ManagementSoFi TS Enterprise
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Carbon Footprint of Natural Gas Transport
Apr 06, 2017
In 2016/2017, thinkstep compared the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of natural gas imports to Europe provided by Nord Stream 2 pipeline and LNG import alternatives.Due to the decreasing domestic natural gas production in the future, the European Union will face a substantial natural gas supply gap in the next 30 years. Consequently, additional natural gas has to be imported to Europe to satisfy... Read More
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Fair Hiring Toolkit
Verité
Sustainability Begins With Fair HiringWhether you are a brand, supplier, government, investor, anti-slavery or labor-rights organization, social auditor, or certifier, your approach to protecting migrant workers is not complete unless it includes a focus on the path that workers take to get a job in the global economy. This Fair Hiring Toolkit offers tools, guidance, and approaches to support... Read More
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Sustainability Reporting Platforms
Retailers are sometimes asked by internal and external stakeholders to report on their sustainability efforts and accomplishments. This matrix provides an initial overview of the platforms most often used and referenced in the industry, with links to learn more.
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Retail Sustainability Resource Library
RILA's Retail Sustainability Management Resource Library is organized around the Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model, a roadmap to help retail sustainability executives optimize their sustainability programs.  Retailers can refer to the Resource Library for specific tools, case studies, and further opportunities to help them progress the maturity of their programs.
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Digital Coast Home
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA. Data sets range from economic data to satellite imagery. The site contains visualization tools, predictive... Read More
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Sustainability is a team sport: How to build a winning Green Team
Jan 01, 2018
The idea of a green team has been around for a while, yet so few service businesses have an active and effective group focused on corporate responsibility and sustainability. This is a course and toolkit designed to walk through through steps to get the team together and work on initial projects such as a sustainable purchasing audit. It's really about change management and leadership to set... Read More
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Type: Course Tools
Green Power Labs
At Green Power Labs we clearly see the opportunities and challenges of creating a smart energy future. We understand a secure, resilient, diversified energy future demands integrated, adept and robust predictive analytics.
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Type: App Tools
Blueprint For Corporate Sustainability Leadership
United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)
Dec 24, 2009
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 identifies criteria for leadership practice in three distinct but overlapping dimensions: (i) integrating the ten principles into strategies and operations; (ii) taking action in support of broader UN goals and issues; and (iii)... Read More
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Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation (2014)
CEO Water Mandate
Sep 01, 2014
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 in nearby communities
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Biopharma Sustainability Roundtable 2018
Biopharma Sustainability Roundtable 2018 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | Wednesday, April 11, 2018 hosted by F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Basel. The 6th annual Biopharma Sustainability Roundtable brings our industry-focused discussion of sustainability challenges and opportunities to Europe for the first time, broadening our network of colleagues.  The Roundtable is a unique event that addresses... Read More
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Type: Event Tools
Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Part 2: Indicators Release 1
Future-Fit Foundation
Apr 29, 2016
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.
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Type: Article Tools
Human Rights Due Diligence Framework
Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
May 19, 2016
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 out the critical elements of human rights due diligence and how they relate to one another. It will help companies understand what information is needed to