Social Metrics

Protecting the value of financial investments with sustainability assessments
Now even the Dutch central bank clearly reports* that climate change, water stress, raw material scarcity, biodiversity loss and human rights controversies present risks to the financial sector, institutional investors worldwide are looking for ways to safeguard the value of their investments through sustainability analyses. But how can you do that?
The 2018 Handbook for Product Social Metrics is available now!
Product social metrics, also known as social life cycle assessment (social LCA), is the next frontier in life cycle thinking. For products and services to be truly sustainable, it is important that companies minimise both their negative impacts on the environment and on people. The Roundtable of Product Social Metrics, providing guidance for companies wanting to measure their social impacts, is proud to announce the 2018 edition of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment.
Sustainability in 2017- Are We at a Tipping Point to Become Mainstream?
As we are nearing the end of the year, we’d like to reflect on how sustainability initiatives have progressed in 2016. What is the state of the art in sustainability for business? And what can we look forward to in sustainability in 2017?
Interpretation of metrics: DALYs and damage to human health
One reason why we care about the environmental impact of our choices is that they affect human health. But how do you quantify that? The most commonly used metric is Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY), taking into account the years lost to premature death and expressing the reduced quality of life due to illness in years as well. How can you use this in life cycle assessment and what are the points of contention you should be aware of?
The Roundtable For Product Social Metrics Is Now A Multi-Stakeholder Organisation
The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is now moving forward as a multi-stakeholder organisation. With this step, the Roundtable is opening its doors to new participants, inviting interested companies, industry associations, NGOs, and researchers to join the collaboration.
Phase 3 Of The Roundtable For Product Social Metrics
Back in 2013, PRé and seven frontrunner companies developed a vision to create a standardised and trusted methodology to assess the social impacts of products. Creating such a product social impact assessment methodology together would avoid the drawbacks of each company developing its own methodology. Two years later, the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics has reached its third phase.
Announcing The Product Social Footprinting Programme
During my past five years at PRé, I’ve observed how companies approach different issues. I’m very interested in social impact assessment, and I experienced that companies have wildly different approaches for assessing the social impacts of their products and services, and for managing product social sustainability.
Filling The Gaps With The Social Hotspots Database
LCA experts have been conducting sustainability assessments for a long time, but they were mostly focused on environmental impacts. Most practitioners did not have the tools to assess the social impacts or social risks associated with their products.
DSM, BMW and Steelcase on How to Measure the Effects of Products on Society
Ahold, Akzo Nobel, BASF, BMW Group, Goodyear, L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Philips, RB, Steelcase, DSM and PRé Sustainability have published a handbook on how to conduct a Product Social Impact Assessment. It’s the very first of its kind, based on international standards and practical pilot projects, embraced by global industry leaders - and it may pave the way for a new global standard that many companies can benefit from.
Mark Goedkoop Presents New Methodology at Social LCA Seminar
With his presentation, Mark aims to get a better connection to the research community and understand how companies and other organisations can collaborate in the next phases of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics development.
Bad Labor Footprint | Social Impacts in the Supply Chain
As many products are being exported to other countries, and as the products that we consume are often produced elsewhere, the question arises: “How does consumption relate to bad labor conditions around the globe?”. Laura Golsteijn, Technical Analyst for PRé, contributed to the development of the new study: “Bad Labor Footprint”. In this article, she explains how the study offers a new perspective on how to account for the social impacts of globalization.
How Product Social Footprinting Meets Customer Expectations and Improves Communications
Sustainable Brands '14 London - PRé, DSM, Philips and Marks & Spencer, all members of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, discussed how social footprinting aligns with branding and communications at the SB'14 London.
DSM and L’Oréal | Aiming to Help Companies Measure the Social Impacts of Products
Consumers are used to seeing eco labels about environmental impact but there is still a scarcity of tools and metrics to estimate the social impact. The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is formed by 12 frontrunner companies that united efforts and developed a methodology to measure the social impacts of products. Jacobine Das Gupta from DSM and Charles Duclaux from L'Oréal, both members of the Roundtable, shared their vision in an article published by The Guardian Sustainable Business, last October 28th.
João Fontes to moderate panel at SB14London
Next Wednesday, November 5th, João Fontes, Social Footprinting expert at PRé, will moderate a panel formed by DSM, Philips and Marks & Spencer at the conference SB14London, organised by Sustainable Brands. The panel will discuss how social sustainability can contribute to Branding & Communications
Social Sustainability – Integrating Measurements Of The Intangible
Your company is developing systems for gathering and using environmental data. Your insight into your products’ environmental footprints and impacts is growing. Where to look next? This article discusses getting started with product social footprinting.
PRé at NewMetrics ‘14 Panel Dives Into #SocialFootprint Approach for Ensuring Product Sustainability
Thursday September 25th, the second afternoon at Sustainable Brands’ New Metrics ’14 conference, featured a follow-up deep dive session into the topic of one of the morning’s well-received plenary presentations — how to quantify a product’s “social footprint” as a next step in assessing sustainability.
The next steppingstone to assess product sustainability
Sustainable Brands New Metrics 2014 - João Fontes (PRé) and Charles Duclaux (L'Oréal) presented the method of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics for quantifying social footprints on a product level. Here you can download the presentation slides.
Product Social Footprinting | L’Oréal’s Charles Duclaux on Measuring the Social Impacts of Products
PRé has gathered industry leaders from L’Oréal, Marks & Spencer, Steelcase, BASF, BMW Group, DSM, Goodyear, Philips, AkzoNobel, Corbion, Ahold and Reckitt Benckiser for the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, a pioneering endeavour that aims to bring together principles and metrics for social impact assessment. We spoke to Charles Duclaux, Head of Corporate Responsibility Reporting and Environmental Innovation at L'Oréal, about the Roundtable's Handbook and L'Oréal's sustainability efforts at large.
How Understanding Your Products’ Social Footprints Helps Your Business Create Value
Many global standards and guidance documents exist that allow companies to investigate impacts at an organisational level. Although these initiatives have many benefits, they provide limited guidance for companies to assess the social impacts of products in a more comprehensive and harmonised way.
Now Available: Novel Product Social Impact Assessment Method
Today marks the release of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a leading-edge methodology that allows businesses to measure the social footprint of their products. The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is making this methodology available for free, putting this high-impact tool in the hands of businesses who want to improve sustainable product development and social sustainability throughout their product’s life cycle and supply chain.
Why Do We Need Social Footprinting? | Interview featured by Sustainable Brands
INTERVIEW | Social metrics are on the rise within sustainability - we need to reduce social impacts if we want a truly sustainable future. Social metrics help companies create value while increasing the effectiveness of their sustainability efforts. An interview with Renée Morin, president of our US office.
Roundtable for Social Metrics | Accessible Social Impact Assessment
Twelve sustainability experts from leading companies have come together in the Roundtable for Social Metrics, aiming to make social impact assessment more accessible and meaningful through the development of a handbook for social impact assessments of products and services along value chains.
Free PROSUITE Handbook Now Available Online
Assessing the sustainability impacts of technology poses unique challenges. The PROSUITE group has developed a novel methodology to help you meet these challenges, and is now making the PROSUITE Handbook available to sustainability professionals and non-technical users at no cost.
Social Assessment of Technologies | The Approach in PROSUITE
This presentation on the approach in PROSUITE was used during the LCM Conference 2013, by our Sustainability Consultant João Fontes.
LCM Conference 2013 | Roundtable for Product Social Metrics
This presentation was used during the LCM Conference 2013, by our Sustainability Consultant João Fontes. It consists of the added value and key challenges of the project, the results of rountable phase 1 and the explanation of steps 2 and 3.
How to Innovate for Sustainability in Product and Business Model Alike
The Sustainable Brands London conference will serve as the center of gravity for companies that are committed to leveraging sustainable innovation as a driver of business and brand value. Learn how companies like yours are measuring and managing Social Sustainability by partnering with PRe, the company at the forefront of sustainability metrics for more than twenty years
Prosuite | Sustainability Assessment for Technology
The Prosuite consortium developed a methodology for sustainability assessment of new technologies following a life cycle assessment based approach. In December 2013, the PROSUITE handbook will be will published on the Pré website.
A method for assessing the impact of novel technology
CASE STUDY | For PROSUITE, PRé helped develop a novel sustainability impact assessment method for technology, including social impact assessment and new sustainability metrics. This helps understand the effect of these hard-to-predict technologies.
PROSUITE makes sustainability assessment of technologies possible
The PROSUITE project for the sustainability assessment of technologies culminated on October 30th. After 4 years of intensive developments, the PROSUITE consortium met in Brussels to present the outcomes of the project to a diverse group of stakeholders: EU and other policy makers, industries, researchers.
Measuring social sustainability in the meat industry
CASE STUDY | For an US meat industry association, PRé gathered data for a social life cycle assessment. The goal was not only to quantify current social impacts, but also to see how social impacts in the meat industry changed over time.
Social Hotspots Database now available for SimaPro LCA software
The Social Hotspots Database system license is now available in the SimaPro LCA software. This database is the first comprehensive database for performing Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA).
Quantifying product life cycle impacts for the apparel industry
With qualitative sustainability indicators already established, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition wanted to work to quantify product life cycle impacts in a standardized way. To assist with this effort, the non-profit group developed a PCR Guidance document, and PRé helped with the review process.
Measuring the social impacts of products
Begun in early 2013, the Social Pioneers Roundtable has already made great strides in harmonizing approaches for measuring the social impacts of products. Of course, there is still work to be done. Therefore, we are delighted to extend our group for the next phase of this Roundtable.
Product Environmental Footprint to provide critical mass for footprinting
The critical mass has been reached to provide unified product environmental footprinting. The plan to move forward with this initiative was discussed at the recent PCF World Forum in Berlin.
Quantifying environmental benefits of a process
CASE STUDY | Viva Healthcare asked PRé to quantify the environmental benefits of its injection moulding process compared to the industry average. To do so, we did life cycle assessments of Viva's products and of a range of competing products.
The Social Pioneers Roundtable: Filling the gaps
PRé has a long history of supporting product sustainability with a focus on environmental issues, from developing methods to making tools available to a wide range of organizations. One relatively new demand has emerged over the past few years was posed by frontrunners who want to help their companies to go beyond the norm by addressing social sustainability in a similar way.
Developing methodology for a social impacts program
The Dutch company DSM developed the twin program "People+" with the focus on social impacts, which PRé supported with consultancy.
Sep 16-22 | SimaPro and LCA: Essentials
Sep 16-25 | SimaPro and LCA: In-Depth
Oct 5-9 | Product Environmental Footprint
Nov 18-24 | SimaPro and LCA: Essentials
Nov 18-27 | SimaPro and LCA: In-Depth
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