Newsletter Spring 2018 from the Roundtable for Product Social metrics - PRé Sustainability
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Phase 5 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

After the successful Forum on June 26th 2017 in Amsterdam the Roundtable has focussed this phase on updating the handbook and the methodology. During three meetings, of which the first was in the headquarters of Solvay in Brussel (November 2017), the second in Amersfoort and the third one at ArcelorMittal in Paris (March 2018) members worked together in  fruitful and constructive discussions.


A new stakeholder group (smallholders) was added. The five Capitals (Natural, Human, Social, Financial, Manufactured) were included as a bases for the revised social topic list and the Theory of Change was included as a base for the reference scales. In addition, linkages were made to Circular Economy. An update can be found in this slide-set.


The new handbook, with the new Framework will be launched during the S-LCA Conference in Pescara in September 2018.


The handbook includes the updated list of social topics, the description of inter-dependencies and the qualitative assessment approach will be outlined. Furthermore, new case studies will be published. 

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The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics welcomes two new members



Since September 2017 ArcelorMittal and Corbion joined as full members of the Roundtable, which has led to a further strengthening of the steel and chemical sector. By being a member they practice the methodology by application in real cases and are contributing to further development of the methodology.

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Testing a new tool for data gathering

One outcome of previous pilot cases conducted by Roundtable members was that data gathering required a a high effort. The Roundtable members were therefore searching for more efficient ways to collect the necessary primary data. In this pilot case the SupplyShift tool was tested.


SupplyShift enables the company conducting the survey to create and upload questionnaires to an online platform and send them out to the survey participants. The participants can login to the platform and answer the questions. Compared to the current Excel tool the online solution shows certainly advantages.


Overall the usage is more convenient for the participating companies as well as for the company conducting the survey.


Join the Roundtable in Phase 6

Learn from the experienced!

In September 2018 Phase 6 of the Roundtable will start. At this moment there is still room for  ambitious companies to join this leading initiative in discussions around the methodology and to collaborate in (joint) case-studies around Product Social Metrics.


The current group of multi- industry leading companies join efforts to work with and further develop this pragmatic (PSIA) methodology that is feasible, understandable and applicable for different sectors.


The group works together on showing the importance, the applicability and business relevance of social metrics linked to the generation of meaningful results for decision-making and marketing activities.


If you are interested in a membership of the RT or if you are more interested to participate  in a workshop or to follow a masterclass on this topic, please contact us.

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