The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics started in 2013 and entered phase 3 in late 2014: refining the Handbook and addressing cross-cutting implementation issues. Read on to find out about the Roundtable's progress and plans for this phase.
Packaging materials are often discarded the moment a product comes into your house, only to end up in incinerators or landfills. That makes packaging seem like the bad guy. But is it, really? Find out in this month's Sustainability Mythbusters.
For most companies, the lion's share of their environmental impacts comes from their supply chains. But setting up a supply chain sustainability programme isn't easy. This article outlines the first two steps, with more to come.
The latest update of SimaPro, version 8.0.5, has just been released. Several changes described below may be especially important to people working with the Product Environmental Footprint Guide. Make sure to apply your update to receive the updated characterisation and normalisation factors of the ILCD method.
We are caught in the old model: expressing the value of sustainability in money. And not just that: businesses often use sustainability metrics to look back instead of forward. Can we move towards a model that finds new ways of expressing this value?
In this infographic, we share the outcomes from our recent survey about the current state of LCA and what it takes to become a champion who delivers value to the business.
CASE STUDY | For a leading fibreglass company, PRé developed a sustainability metrics integration plan. This allows the company to build the sustainability skills it needs to answer customer queries and create more sustainable products.
LCA is a quantitative, bottom-up sustainability tool. C2C is qualitative and top-down. LCA provides numbers; C2C provides stories. Often, it is thought that the two methods are incompatible. But is this really true? Or can they work together?
FSLCI is a new membership organisation that says it wants to innovate life cycle thinking. PRé's founder Mark Goedkoop thinks they may be missing the mark. This article explains where he thinks the focus should be to really innovate LCA.
In his work with product social footprinting, PRé consultant João Fontes noticed a lack of flexible, incremental programmes to help companies improve their social sustainability. His new Social Footprinting Programme fills this gap.
The business world needs a more holistic approach to value creation. In a business model based on life cycle thinking, everyone involved can derive value from their participation in creating a value proposition. This might just be the way forward.
Throughout her career, PRé consultant Soledad Contreras has noticed the recurring questions sustainability professionals struggle with. Her new LCA Empowerment course helps LCA and sustainability professionals make more of an impact in their companies
Each month, one of PRé’s people talks about his or her favourite sustainability initiative. This month, Margreet Riedstra talks about NLdoet, a large national volunteering drive where people help out for a day or two with a project of their choice.
If you want a decisive answer to a straightforward sustainability question, getting a vague answer from your company's sustainability professionals is frustrating. This article explains why they do that and how you can help get the answer you need.
Sustainability is a relatively young field that none of us have grown up with. Our intuitions around sustainability are therefore undeveloped. This is the kick-off to Sustainability Mythbusters, shining the light of science on our assumptions.
Toxicity is often viewed from a risk management perspective (is it safe?) or from a best estimate perspective (which is safer?). Although experts mostly use only one of these methods, combining the two can lead to better sustainability decisions.
Each month, one of PRé's people talks about his or her favourite sustainability initiative. This month, Anne Gaasbeek talks about 1%Club, a crowdfunding platform for sustainable campaigns that allows people to contribute money or knowledge.
LCAs are too valuable to end up unread at the bottom of a pile. Before LCA practitioners can claim their seat at strategy discussions, they face the challenge of making the other departments understand the relevance of LCA for their work.