João Fontes, Social Footprinting expert at PRé, will moderate a panel formed by Sustainability Managers and experts from DSM, Marks & Spencer and Philips. The panel will discuss how social sustainability can contribute to Branding & Communications.
Your environmental sustainability programme is all set up and working. Where to go next? This article discusses the benefits and challenges of social sustainability monitoring, and gives pointers for how to start creating product social footprints.
The first pilot projects for testing the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprinting methodology started one year ago. This article gives an overview on what's going on in developing these sustainability metrics.
Interesting news for users of ecoinvent: the pedigree matrix approach of deriving uncertainty factors has been refined. The method developed by Andreas Ciroth and colleagues replaces expert judgement with empirical values.
NewMetrics '14 Panel Dives Into #SocialFootprint Approach for Ensuring Product Transparency. The panel was formed by representatives from BASF, L'Oréal and Steelcase, and João Fontes, Social Footprinting Expert at PRé
This series of articles discusses the steps in an LCA, each explained by an expert consultant. Today, Ellen Brilhuis-Meijer talks about weighting - or applying a value judgement to impact categories - and the controversies associated with this.
Interview with Charles Duclaux, Head of Corporate Responsibility Reporting and Environmental Innovation at L'Oréal, about Product Social Footprinting and L'Oréal's sustainability efforts at large. This item is originally featured by Sustainable Brands.
Product social footprinting, the assessment of social metrics and impacts at a product level, gives businesses the tools to drive business value: reduce business risks, steer product development, and improve communications and reputation.
USEtox is a well-known model for characterising the toxic impact of chemical emissions in life cycle assessments. This article explains how to use USEtox in SimaPro, and how to choose between the two sets of characterization factors.
What social impact risks and opportunities hide in your products? For the first time, a Social Impact Assessment is Method is available to help you measure your products' social footprint, making it a high-impact tool to improve social sustainability.
Sustainability assessments result in mountains of data. Before being able to implement a new business model or start improving your products, you need to sort through it all and set priorities. This article discusses two methods for doing so.
The European Commission launched a pilot phase to develop environmental footprint (EF) rules for a series of industries. The second wave of PEF pilots just started, with 11 pilots of various product categories in the food and beverage industry.
Sustainability assessments can benefit from the technology and approach developed for big data. This article, part 1 of a series, explains how making sustainability data work starts with asking the right question and digging up the data.
This series of articles discusses the steps in an LCA, each explained by an expert consultant. Today, Tommie Ponsioen talks about normalisation, or why it's a good idea to compare your product's impacts to Average Joe's.
Monetisation or natural capital valuation expresses environmental impacts in dollar amounts. This helps companies make the cross-category comparisons they need to make the decisions that give the best return on investment.
This series of articles discusses the steps in an LCA, each explained by an expert consultant. Today, Laura Golsteijn tackles the characterisation step and showcases some of the new ecotoxicity modelling developments from her PhD research.
Choosing the right sustainable business model isn't a decision to be made lightly. Depending on your product's life cycle, choosing the wrong business model might make impacts worse. That's why life cycle thinking is essential.
PRé's technical consultant and SimaPro teacher, Ellen Meijer, shows you her five favourite tricks to help you become a SimaPro power user. These crucial features help you find errors, improve consistency, and make LCAs easier.