Join the Roundtable in Phase 6

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.

The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics welcomes two new members

May 2018

 

Since September 2017 ArcelorMittal and Corbion joined as full members of the Roundtable, which has led to a futher 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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Phase 5 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

May 2018

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 2018members worked together in  fruitful and constructive discussions.

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Testing a new tool for data gathering

May 2018

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.

If you would like to know more about this pilot please continue reading….

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A new way of collecting data for Social Metrics

May 2018

The case study performed by Steelcase and Covestro was intended to test the methodology developed by the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics and to try out a new tool for a more convenient data gathering approach. The case was conducted during the 4th phase of the Roundtable. The idea was to test the feasibility of the methodology to differentiate the social impacts between a solventborne and a waterborne furniture coating. The scales-based approach was chosen for the assessment.

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Member’s meeting 2 – Phase 5

March 2018

Members of the PSM Roundtable met in Paris at the Arcelor Mittal Headquarters, in the business campus around St Denis Stadium to continue with the Phase 5 of reviewing the methodology. It was great to see the group is expanding and we welcomed 3 new members of the participant companies to continue to support each-other in the development of an upgraded methodology with expertise from both LCA and business perspective.

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Consistent Assessment of Positive Impacts

By Diana Indrane, Mark Goedkoop and Ilonka de Beer

January 2018

This article explores ways how to systematically address positive impacts in the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessments (PSIA). The literature concerning positive impacts in SLCA have been reviewed to better define positive impacts in PSIA and create a clearer understanding of aspects that should be assessed at the upper levels of reference scales. Theory of Change (ToC) has been adopted to develop guiding principles for establishing consistent reference scales for each of the social topics presented in PSIA.

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Member’s meeting 1 – Phase 5

November 2017

Members of the PSM Roundtable met in Maison Solvay in Brussels on November 20th 2017 as a start of Phase 5.

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Phase 5 of the Round table for Product Social Impact Assessment

Companies need a method that is applicable in a business context. The phase 5 of the Roundtable for Product Social Impact Assessment described here aims at building the bridge between science and applicability, and testing if this really works. Since 2017 the companies also want to move from measuring compliance towards measuring progress using the Theory of Change.

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Member’s meeting Block III

Members of the PSM Roundtable reunited in the Parkcafé Groen to discuss the results of the 4th Phase and start to plan the coming Phase 5.

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Forum Product Social Metrics 2017

June 2017

By Willemijn Brouwer, DSM

The members of Roundtable for Product Social Metrics and PRé Sustainability organized the Product Social Metrics Forum on June 26th 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 30 representatives from international companies, academics and the non-profit sector were present. Among them, member companies of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics such as BASF, Covestro, DSM, Philips, Solvay and Steelcase.

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Webinar: How Understanding Your Products’ Social Impacts Will Create Value for Your Business

Social metrics are the new vanguard of sustainability. In a world of fast-paced communications, businesses need social impact data to find improvement opportunities and differentiate their products in the market. Consumers expect transparency of product impact on environmental and social issues.

Until now, there has not been a practical business tool that can be used by companies to assess the social impacts of their products. Watch this webinar to get an introduction to the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Uncover why and how the social footprint of your products affects your business.
  • Learn how social footprinting can help you to understand possible risks and improvement opportunities for product development, supply chain selection, and collaboration.
  • Gain insights into unique corporate cases: learn how BMW, DSM, and other members applied the methodology to assess the social impacts of their products.
  • Learn about the most common challenges expected and how to tackle them.
  • Gain insights into the next phase for development of the Product Social Footprinting methodology and the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics.

Link to Watch:  How Understanding Your Products’ Social Impacts Will Create Value for Your Business

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Research Update: Product social metrics “status quo” in China 产品社会指标评估在中国的现状分析

China shares nearly 1/4 of the global manufacturing output by value and makes almost half the world’s goods. It plays a crucial role in the global supply chain. This research is aimed to understand the status-quo of product social impact assessment in China. First the relevant policies were scanned, similar metrics were analyzed, and some related stakeholders were contacted.

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US Forum Product Social Metrics

On Monday, April 10, Steelcase hosted a group of companies in the Grand Rapids Learning + Innovation Center. This forum was organized by the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics, which has developed an open source methodology for measuring social impact over the life of a product. Sustainability professionals from Dow, Whirlpool, BASF, Kohler, Solvay, and PRé Sustainability attended.

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Roundtable Members Meeting (March 2017)

Members of the Product Social Metrics Roundtable recently came together at Vebego’s offices at Amsterdam Schipol to advance the latest work of the Roundtable. Most members were in attendance, including BASF, Covestro, DSM, Nestlé, Phillips, Solvay, Steelcase, and Vebego. The main purpose of this meeting was to share updates of the current taskforces (Accelerating Acceptance, Methodology, Data/Cases), present relevant research, and discuss next steps for the Roundtable.

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Measuring your contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals with Social Metrics

The aim of this article is to give an insight into how companies’ efforts in various areas of corporate sustainability can contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations. Indicators and metrics measuring company performance presented in the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment can be the linking element in mapping sustainability progress against the SDGs.

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Handbook input for further Methodology development of WBCSD chemical workgroup

Building on the Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessments of the multi-industry Roundtable for Product Social Metrics and other guidelines from organizations such as UNEP-SETAC, leading chemical members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have joined forces to identify the ways to create a positive social impact. BASF, DSM, Solvay, AkzoNobel, Evonik Industries, Eastman Chemical, Henkel, Mitsubishi Chemicals and Sabic, teamed up to develop a method for chemical industries to identify positive and negative social impacts of products along the value chain.

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Participation in WBCSD Social Capital Protocol Advisory group

Mark Goedkoop of PRé was asked to participate in the advisory group of the WBCSD Social Capital Protocol. The WBCSD Social Capital Protocol project focuses on making companies aware of the need to preserve the social capital in society. The shortest way to define social capital is: the ability to cooperate, but there are many others. Companies need this and other abilities in order to prosper. The Social Capital Protocol is a very similar concept as the Natural Capital Protocol.

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Regional Social Metrics Roundtable in India?

January 2017

While we are already extremely happy to have Sanyo Mahindra* from India as a member, we have been initiating the first steps to develop a regional hub for the roundtable. The opportunity was given by the Indian organisation Center for responsible Business CRB, who recently organised a high level event that brought together a large group of initiatives, certification organisations and other organisations to foster collaboration in India.

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Product social metrics “status quo” in China

by Weiwen Zhong, January 2017

China shares nearly 1/4 of the global manufacturing output by value and makes almost half of the world’s goods. It plays a crucial role in the global supply chain and the global market.

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Data… the key challenge

December 2016

A key hurdle in the use of product social metrics is to find an efficient way to collect data. This problem is more complex compared to environmental lifecycle analysis for which relatively comprehensive databases covering many industries are available. A characteristic of environmental impacts is that they are correlate with the type of process being analysed.

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Roundtable Members Meeting

by Megann Head, Steelcase, November 2016

After months of working together over conference calls and emails, the members of the Product Social Round Table convened once again at Park Groen Café in Hoofddorp. Round Table members participating in-person included representatives from AkzoNobel, BASF, DSM, Phillips, Steelcase, and Vebego. The Round Table was also pleased to welcome new members Nestle and Solvay, as well as Covestro who was unable to attend.

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Forum Product Social Metrics

August 2016

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.

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Newsletters:

GDPR and latest updates from the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

Sent on: 2018-05-28 18:49:58

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. 

First Newsletter of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

Sent on: 2018-05-21 17:11:04

Product Social Impact Assessment helps companies to identify the social impacts throughout the life cycle of a product or service. The method supports the identification of social hotspots and improvement opportunities, including risks in supply chains, production, use phase and end of life. The method also allows companies to identify both the negative and the positive impacts, which is the basis for strengthening the positive impacts and better managing the negative impacts. In this way, Product Social Impact Assessment can be a business driver and a source of inspiration for product innovation.

Second Newsletter of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics

Sent on: 2017-06-20 11:20:27

Product Social Impact Forum 2017

Creating value from understanding Social Impacts in the Life Cycle of your products

A group of 11 industry leading companies joined efforts to create a pragmatic methodology that is feasible, understandable and applicable for different sectors. This approach for Social Product Assessment was applied on several real case studies.

 

We invite you to join and to contribute to this important process, and get a day of interaction with your peers, which will also be very interested to hear your story, your challenges and successes.

 

Articles:
Join the Roundtable in Phase 6 The Roundtable for Product Social Metrics welcomes two new members Phase 5 of the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics Testing a new tool for data gathering A new way of collecting data for Social Metrics Member’s meeting 2 - Phase 5 Theory of Change Member’s meeting 1 - Phase 5 Phase 5 of the Round table for Product Social Impact Assessment Research Update: Product social metrics “status quo” in China 产品社会指标评估在中国的现状分析 US Forum Product Social Metrics Roundtable Members Meeting (March 2017) Measuring your contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals with Social Metrics Participation in WBCSD Social Capital Protocol Advisory group Regional Social Metrics Roundtable in India? (January 2017) Product social metrics “status quo” in China (January 2017) Data… the key challenge (December 2016) Roundtable Members Meeting (November 2016) Forum Product Social Metrics (August 2016)

 

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