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Training | How to apply Product Social Metrics in business (March 25th & 26th 2019)

Recently the fourth iteration of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment and an updated methodology was released. The companies invest in this because addressing the social impacts along the lifecycle is somewhat as a next frontier. They realise it can provide real business value and support innovation in a new way.

 

This 1,5 days training aims to provide you with all the insights about product social metrics you need. The objective is to enable you to apply this handbook in a first case study.

 

Together we will dive into topics such as:

  • Key differences between environmental and social LCA
  • Understanding social topics (or impact categories)
  • Developing your goal and scope and the concept of materiality
  • Getting access to data to identify hotspots
  • Getting data to assess the hotspots.

The overall focus of this training is to get you going in a first case study, as ultimately the best way of learning and remembering is by doing.

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Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment

There is growing societal recognition that companies are accountable for their entire supply chain, downstream and upstream. As a result, the need to investigate and give visibility to all potential and actual social impacts throughout the product life cycle has become an increasingly important value driver for companies in relation to sustainability. One of the challenges is to make product social impacts visible and measurable throughout the value chain. The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, a multi-industry group of market-leading companies,has taken up this challenge to develop and test a pragmatic methodology that assesses the social impact of products. Read more about the business value of the product social impact assessment method.

The Roundtable

The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics is a business-led initiative dedicated to developing and disseminating the Product Social Impact Assessment method, designed to make the social benefits and burdens of a product visible. The Roundtable aims to create a standard framework for Product Social Impact Assessment, in close cooperation with external stakeholders such as academia, NGOs, governments and industry organisations. Read more about the project and how to become a member.

 

Communication Materials

Press Release | Industry-Led Sustainability Initiative Changes To Multi-Stakeholder Organisation

The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, started three years ago, 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.The main goals are to refine the concept of product social impact assessment and further its adoption in industry. Download Press Release PDF

One Pager |  Business Value of Product Social Impact Assessment Method

This one-pager discusses the  business value of using the  product social impact assessment method to for your company. Download One Pager PDF

One Pager |  Business Value of Joining the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

This one-pager discusses the value of joining the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics for your company. Download One Pager PDF

Presentation |  Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

This presentation presentation provides an introduction on the value of product social impact assessment and outlines the methodology. Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

Press Release (2014) |  Novel Product Social Impact Assessment Method

What social impact risks and opportunities hide in your products? For the first time, a Social Impact Assessment is available to help you see how well your products do in various social impact topics, making it a high-impact tool to improve social sustainability. Download Press Release PDF Download Press Release DOCX       

Thomas Andro, Corporate Sustainable Development
The notion that no business can succeed in a failed society is gradually gaining ground among business leaders globally.

Being member of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics coalition is a unique opportunity for Solvay to share and gain expertise on social capital. We do want to provide our decision makers with reliable and accessible information including on the social impacts so they can take better business decisions because being more sustainable. It makes our strategy more robust and adds value in the key business, innovation and investment decisions.

Let us continue the journey to a better business and a better world, developing sustainable and differentiated offer.
Thomas Andro, Corporate Sustainable Development
Solvay

Download the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment

  • Applicable to every sector and region
  • Practical and feasible for organizations
  • Makes both positive and negative impacts visible and measurable
  • Developed in collaboration with industry experts

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