The motivations of the Core Partners to invest in the development of the handbook reveals they see a clear business case, as they see concrete applications. While each company has its own strategy and ambition regarding sustainability, we highlight a few commonly mentioned applications to illustrate the power of social metrics covering the entire value chain.

Steering product portfolios

Many companies have started to assess their product portfolios focussing on environmental impacts, now they add the social dimension.

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Reporting against the SDGs

Many performance indicators in the SDG framework relate to social issues. In a separate project we are creating a strong an rational link between the SDGs and the Product Social Impact assessment.

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Mitigating risks, better sourcing

Sourcing from supply-chains where social impacts are unacceptable is a risk. However understanding these beyond tier 1 is a challenge which we have addressed extensively.

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Broadening Sustainability reporting

The release of the IIRC guidelines is based on the same thinking we developed in the Handbook; reporting on social issues will be key when policies that require Due diligence become mainstream.

Coming soon…