Research Update: Product social metrics “status quo” in China 产品社会指标评估在中国的现状分析

China shares nearly 1/4 of the global manufacturing output by value and makes almost half the world’s goods. It plays a crucial role in the global supply chain. This research is aimed to understand the status-quo of product social impact assessment in China. First the relevant policies were scanned, similar metrics were analyzed, and some related stakeholders were contacted.

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US Forum Product Social Metrics

On Monday, April 10, Steelcase hosted a group of companies in the Grand Rapids Learning + Innovation Center. This forum was organized by the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, which has developed an open source methodology for measuring social impact over the life of a product. Sustainability professionals from Dow, Whirlpool, BASF, Kohler, Solvay, and PRé Sustainability attended.

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Roundtable Members Meeting (March 2017)

Members of the Product Social Metrics Roundtable recently came together at Vebego’s offices at Amsterdam Schipol to advance the latest work of the Roundtable. Most members were in attendance, including BASF, Covestro, DSM, Nestlé, Phillips, Solvay, Steelcase, and Vebego. The main purpose of this meeting was to share updates of the current taskforces (Accelerating Acceptance, Methodology, Data/Cases), present relevant research, and discuss next steps for the Roundtable.

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Measuring your contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals with Social Metrics

The aim of this article is to give an insight into how companies’ efforts in various areas of corporate sustainability can contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations. Indicators and metrics measuring company performance presented in the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment can be the linking element in mapping sustainability progress against the SDGs.

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Handbook input for further Methodology development of WBCSD chemical workgroup

Building on the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessments of the multi-industry Roundtable for Product Social Metrics and other guidelines from organizations such as UNEP-SETAC, leading chemical members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have joined forces to identify the ways to create a positive social impact. BASF, DSM, Solvay, AkzoNobel, Evonik Industries, Eastman Chemical, Henkel, Mitsubishi Chemicals and Sabic, teamed up to develop a method for chemical industries to identify positive and negative social impacts of products along the value chain.

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Participation in WBCSD Social Capital Protocol Advisory group

Mark Goedkoop of PRé was asked to participate in the advisory group of the WBCSD Social Capital Protocol. The WBCSD Social Capital Protocol project focuses on making companies aware of the need to preserve the social capital in society. The shortest way to define social capital is: the ability to cooperate, but there are many others. Companies need this and other abilities in order to prosper. The Social Capital Protocol is a very similar concept as the Natural Capital Protocol.

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Regional Social Metrics Roundtable in India?

January 2017

While we are already extremely happy to have Sanyo Mahindra* from India as a member, we have been initiating the first steps to develop a regional hub for the roundtable. The opportunity was given by the Indian organisation Center for responsible Business CRB, who recently organised a high level event that brought together a large group of initiatives, certification organisations and other organisations to foster collaboration in India.

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Product social metrics “status quo” in China

by Weiwen Zhong, January 2017

China shares nearly 1/4 of the global manufacturing output by value and makes almost half of the world’s goods. It plays a crucial role in the global supply chain and the global market.

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Data… the key challenge

December 2016

A key hurdle in the use of product social metrics is to find an efficient way to collect data. This problem is more complex compared to environmental lifecycle analysis for which relatively comprehensive databases covering many industries are available. A characteristic of environmental impacts is that they are correlate with the type of process being analysed.

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Roundtable Members Meeting

by Megann Head, Steelcase, November 2016

After months of working together over conference calls and emails, the members of the Product Social Round Table convened once again at Park Groen Café in Hoofddorp. Round Table members participating in-person included representatives from AkzoNobel, BASF, DSM, Phillips, Steelcase, and Vebego. The Round Table was also pleased to welcome new members Nestle and Solvay, as well as Covestro who was unable to attend.

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Forum Product Social Metrics

August 2016

The members of Roundtable for Product Social Metrics and PRé Sustainability organized the Product Social Metrics Forum on July 19th. in Park 20|20 — an innovative location in the vicinity of Schiphol Airport, which integrates the principles of Cradle-to-Cradle and the Circular Economy. More than 20 representatives from international companies were present, including member companies of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics such as AkzoNobel, BASF, DSM, Philips, Vebego, Steelcase and Mahindra. In addition several guest companies participated, such as Nestlé, SKF, Corbion, PGGM, Interface and ASN Bank, showing that also for them this topic has become more and more relevant in the last years and will be even more relevant in the years to come.

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Second Newsletter of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

Sent on: 2017-06-20 11:20:27

Product Social Impact Forum 2017

Creating value from understanding Social Impacts in the Life Cycle of your products

A group of 11 industry leading companies joined efforts to create a pragmatic methodology that is feasible, understandable and applicable for different sectors. This approach for Social Product Assessment was applied on several real case studies.

 

We invite you to join and to contribute to this important process, and get a day of interaction with your peers, which will also be very interested to hear your story, your challenges and successes.

First Newsletter of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

Sent on: 2017-05-28 10:37:41

Product Social Impact Assessment helps companies to identify the social impacts throughout the life cycle of a product or service. The method supports the identification of social hotspots and improvement opportunities, including risks in supply chains, production, use phase and end of life. The method also allows companies to identify both the negative and the positive impacts, which is the basis for strengthening the positive impacts and better managing the negative impacts. In this way, Product Social Impact Assessment can be a business driver and a source of inspiration for product innovation.

 

Articles:
Research Update: Product social metrics “status quo” in China 产品社会指标评估在中国的现状分析 US Forum Product Social Metrics Roundtable Members Meeting (March 2017) Measuring your contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals with Social Metrics Participation in WBCSD Social Capital Protocol Advisory group Regional Social Metrics Roundtable in India? (January 2017) Product social metrics “status quo” in China (January 2017) Data… the key challenge (December 2016) Roundtable Members Meeting (November 2016) Forum Product Social Metrics (August 2016)

 

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