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Release of the 4th iteration of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment

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 September 10th, 2018, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

A group of multi-industry market leaders united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics announces the publication of the 4th iteration of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, a practical tool for sustainability professionals. The Handbook describes an innovative, pragmatic, consensus based, but robust methodology for assessing a product’s social impacts throughout its life cycle, and is the result of a unique collaborative effort of this group of companies that collaborate in the Roundtable since 2013.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Uday Gupta, Managing Director
“Being able to measure the social impact of our products will provide us with knowledge and means greater to de-risk our supply chain. As a part of the long term strategy of the company to be socially admirable this is one of the major commitments we carry. Product social impact assessment will help us to act logically for continuous improvement and betterment of our people and the society at large.”
Uday Gupta, Managing Director
Mahindra Sanyo

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  • 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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