Credible metrics on social impact for decision making and reporting.

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Our partners invest and pioneer in product social impact assessment as they understand how essential it is to support better decisionmaking and reporting. Check out how social metrics addresses the challenges many corporations encounter.

Expand the scope
of Product Portfolio
Steering
with
social impacts.

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Reporting against the
SDGs, fully
incorporating
the
social impacts.

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Mitigating risks, better sourcing, by quickly identifying social hotspots in the value chain.

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Broadening Sustainability Reporting by adding consistent social impact metrics.

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Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment

The Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment proposes a high quality, credible and business viable approach to assess the social impacts of products. It was developed and tested by almost two dozen companies. The Handbook is accompanied with the Methodology Report, the Social Topics Report and Implementation Guide.

Handbook 2020
Methodology Report 2020
Social Topics 2020
Implementation Guide 2019

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After 7 years of working in a roundtable format, we now embrace any company that wants to learn about their social impact on product or brand level. That’s why all documents can be downloaded for free under a Creative Commons licence. However, to kick start your efforts and to gain benefit from companies that are further ahead it is advised to become a partner.

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Leading cross sector initiative

We are a group of companies that have formed the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics since 2013.

Featured case study summaries based on the 2018 version of the Handbook:

DSM describes how it supports local communities to collect old fishing nets as a raw material for high grade Nylon.

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ArcelorMittal describes its in depth assessment of Social LCA databases.

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Corbion describes social impacts in the supply chain and the use phase of two meat preservatives.

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Steelcase describes the potential social impact of various circular economy strategies for office chairs.

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“At DSM we provide Brighter Living Solutions; products that are measurably better than the mainstream solution on the market in terms of environmental or social impact. We are proud to be co-founder and contributor to the Roundtable that has now created a next stepping stone towards harmonised metrics with this fifth iteration of the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment.”

Dave Morris, Global competence leader life-cycle assessment , DSM

“One key mission of our team is to support the continuous sustainability progress of ArcelorMittal’s products and processes. This means assessing their environmental profile, and also understanding their positive or negative impact on society.”

Anne-Laure Hettinger, Head of Global R&D Sustainability Department, Arcelor Mittal

“We, at Solvay, strongly believe that building a more sustainable business will create superior value for the society at large. We are convinced, as professional, that sustainability can and must be measured in a robust, relevant and opposable way. This is why we have developed and implemented our “Sustainable Portfolio Management” – SPM – tool in the Group for about 10 years. The Handbook represents high valuable guidelines for our future expansions and improvements in our social assessments, within the frame of our overall program for sustainability: Solvay One-Planet.”

Jean-Francois VIOT, Senior principal scientist LCA expert, Solvay

“I founded PRé Sustainabilty in 1990 believing that decisionmakers need robust metrics to base their decisions in the field of sustainability on. After developing environmental metrics, I saw social metrics as the next challenge for companies that want to understand, manage and improve sustainability in a life cycle perspective.”

Mark Goedkoop, Founder & Program Director, PRé Sustainability B.V.

“To enable our customer to make conscious choices, we will assess both the environmental and the social impacts of our products and work side by side with them to substantiate sustainability claims.
To be able to do this, a credible methodology to measure social impacts along the value chain is essential.”

Diana Visser, Sustainability Director, Corbion

At Nestlé, we have been using life cycle assessment and eco-design to evaluate the environmental performance of our products during their design & development process. We intend to integrate social performance into our product design process as early as possible. Therefore, we want to develop a simplified, yet scientifically sound and externally recognized approach with the support of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics.

Urs Schenker, Sustainability and Novel Packaging, Nestlé

“My motivation is that the collaboration of the companies in the Roundtable in measuring positive and negative impact will bring an acceleration in transparency and will lead to better decision-making that will ultimately result in a better life and more joy for all stakeholders in the life cycle of products.”

Ilonka de Beer, Program Manager

“BASF developed sustainability evaluation methods like SEEBALANCE® and AgBalance™, where social indicators are a significant part of. To discuss social indicators and the further development of them together with other industry partners was a main motivation of taking part in this project. ”

Peter Saling, Director Sustainability Methods & Sustainability Strategy, BASF

“I’m enthusiastic about working with life cycle assessment because it provides a structured solution for analyzing the impact of products. Thereby, it is an essential starting point for making improvements, coming up with innovative solutions, and driving change. And change is needed. We cannot keep taking from the planet and future generations as we have been doing over the last few decades, without giving back.”

Rosan Harmens, trainer, PRé Sustainability

“Fuji Europe Africa sees itself as a member of society. Insight in the effect that our business activities have on society is key to fulfill our core value of working towards a sustainable society.”

Carmen Alvarado, Senior Manager Sustainability , Fuji Europe Africa

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