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New Metrics

The new and evolving metrics that are helping expand the way businesses create, quantify, manage and report their impacts, and the value they deliver.

Ford’s Model of Human Progress Defines, Measures Social Sustainability

A clear definition of corporate social sustainability — the ‘S’ in ESG — remains elusive. To address this challenge, Ford partnered with the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute to define social sustainability and identify metrics to track improvements.

Incomplete Risk Formulas Are Risky Business

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. But standard formulas for calculating risk leave out critical factors — such as vulnerability and submerged risks — that would more holistically and accurately assess risk. A new model addresses this.

Doconomy's 2030 Calculator Democratizes Product Carbon Footprint Labeling

Swedish impact-tech startup Doconomy has launched a new, free tool that enables fast and reliable product carbon footprint calculations for brands and manufacturers.

Implementers, Catalysts and This Moment in History

Cross-Posted from Leadership. "If you’re going to do something great, why not spread it around? Why not be a catalyst and amplify the impact exponentially?" — Daniel Aronson

Your SDG Strategy Must Consider More Than Your Financials

The Sustainable Development Goals serve as an urgent call to action for companies to pay as much attention to their extra-financial performance as to their financial performance.

Transforming Corporate Finance, Accounting, Decision Making and Reporting through ESG Innovation

Cross-Posted from Press Release. Sustainable Brands and SOCAP Global Announce Strategic Partnership to accelerate ESG innovation through CFO

Report Outlines Critical Actions for Beauty Brands to Sustainably ‘Make Up the Future’

Cross-Posted from Chemistry, Materials & Packaging. A new report published this week by sustainability consulting group Quantis maps the urgent actions that cosmetics and personal care brands must address to achieve sustainability in today’s fast-changing world.

Unilever Marks Sustainable Living Plan’s 10th Year; New ‘Compass’ to Guide Further Progress

Cross-Posted from Leadership. In 10th and final year of the company’s Sustainable Living Plan, CEO Alan Jope reinforces commitment to sustainability leadership; calls for renewed action to tackle social inequality and the climate crisis in post-COVID world.

New, Standardized Guidelines Measure Plastic Leakage Across Corporate Value Chains

Developed for companies, the PLP guidelines provide businesses at all stages of the value chain with a robust, standardized method for calculating and reporting estimates of plastic and microplastic leakage at both the corporate and product level.

Next-Gen Impact Measurement Tools a Needed Boost for Companies to Achieve BHAGs

“Sustainability” is so last year. This week at New Metrics ’19, we explored the growing range of tools and tricks needed to keep up with demand for next-level goals such as plastic-neutrality, 100% circularity and properly quantified social and product impacts.

Leading-Edge Stakeholder-Engagement Metrics Reshaping Companies’ Definitions, Benchmarks for Success

On day 1 of New Metrics ’19, representatives from corporates, nonprofits and more explored new ways to quantify the impacts of various forms of stakeholder engagement — from communities to consumers to employees.

Life Cycle Analysis: Revealing the Unexpected Truth About Product Impacts

Typically, the stages in a product’s life cycle that have the greatest environmental effects also are the ones that present the best opportunity for sustainable innovation. If sustainability is part of the innovation process, then LCA should be conducted to ensure the avoidance of unintended consequences.

Quantifying Sustainability Impacts and Setting Meaningful Goals

No longer is sustainability synonymous with reducing GHGs — dozens of social, environmental and economic indicators must now be considered. The question remains: What is the best method for quantifying and reporting sustainability impacts?

5 Important New Frontiers of Social Impact Measurement

Within the evolution of risk and impact measurement, we are seeing growing demand for proven methodologies and best practices around quantifying social impact — here is a sample of five important frontiers of social impact measurement, each of which will have its own session at New Metrics ’19.

Transformational Goals in Corporate Strategy: A Review of the ESG Goals of 50 Global Companies

Transformational ESG goals seek to make changes across companies’ entire value chain and even society. But in a recent review of 50 of the Fortune 250 companies, incremental ESG goals are still the norm.

New Alliance Creating Metric for Assessing Companies’ Real Value to Society

Alliance founded by eight international companies — including BASF, Deutsche Bank and SAP — to create a standard for measuring and disclosing the real value companies provide to society.

The Most Critical Sustainability Metric of the Year, and the Decade

I hope that by now we are more than clear on what we can and need to do about our dwindling carbon budget. If you are not thinking ‘science-based targets’, you really need to catch up — keep reading.

Barry Callebaut, Unilever Pilot New Platform to Monitor Sustainability in Ag Supply Chains

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. By piloting the Equivalency Module with US farmers, Barry Callebaut and Unilever now benefit from streamlined sustainability assessment.

Q&A: A Practical Guide to Science-Based Targets

Cross-Posted from Business Case. Many companies are intrigued about setting science-based targets, yet are unsure about what this means in practice. So, we spoke to South Pole's Charles Henderson to learn more.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Launches Tech Venture to Scale Higg Index

Higg Co. will provide the trusted technology industry needs to be able to implement the Higg Index at scale; while the SAC will continue to focus on driving sustainability measurement and improvements in the apparel, footwear and textile industry.


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