The members of Roundtable for Product Social Metrics and PRé Sustainability organized the Product Social Metrics Forum on July 19th. in Park 20|20 — an innovative location in the vicinity of Schiphol Airport, which integrates the principles of Cradle-to-Cradle and the Circular Economy. More than 20 representatives from international companies were present, including member companies of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics such as AkzoNobel, BASF, DSM, Philips, Vebego, Steelcase and Mahindra. In addition several guest companies participated, such as Nestlé, SKF, Corbion, PGGM, Interface and ASN Bank, showing that also for them this topic has become more and more relevant in the last years and will be even more relevant in the years to come.
The Forum started with an introduction on the history and achievements of earlier phases of the Roundtable by Mark Goedkoop from PRé. Then all participants got the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their specific interest in the topic of the Forum. After the introduction two members of the Roundtable – DSM and Mahindra – shared the application of Social Metrics assessment in their companies and practical experiences and insights on how social metrics can be helpful to improve and make a positive impact on different levels of the supply chain. Examples were given of how innovations and products can bring positive social benefits to the workers, community and consumers.
After this discussions were carried out on various topics in three different groups, including upstream data collection, supply chain hotspots, how to substantialize and differentiate social impacts, social capital and linking social metrics to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Forum ended with a panel discussion during which also the academic view (Marleen Janssen Groesbeek) and the financial/investment perspective (PGGM) were added.
Conclusions of the day were that measuring social impact is still a challenge for all companies and it is good to develop together a common method and vocabulary and to share experiences; especially in the area of data-collection and interpretation.
The intense and inspiring day was wrapped-up with an open-air dinner made from the fresh vegetables that had just been picked from the organic garden around the ParkCafé Groen.
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