Pathway

Connect Outwards

Description

Gather and exchange information with actors outside your organization and make use of standards in order to benchmark and improve your organization’s performance and the performance of others.

Practice

Scan

Description

Make use of systems or processes to perceive and recognize external information and trends related to sustainability

Question

To what extent do you make use of systems or processes to scan for external sustainability information and trends?

Resources


Practice

Benchmark

Description

Compare the organization's sustainability processes and performance with the performance of other organizations

Question

To what extent do you benchmark your sustainability processes and performance against those of other organizations?

Resources

  • Future-Fit Business Benchmark

    The Future-Fit Business Benchmark is a free open-source tool grounded in systems science, and is designed to help companies assess where they are relative to necessary levels of environmental and social performance.
     
    The Benchmark includes an Action Guide and Methodology Guide that outline categories of positive environmental and social impacts and help companies articulate and quantify their unique contributions in a consistent framing (Positive Pursuits). It also describes areas of environmental and social footprint that represent risk areas to businesses and external stakeholders until they are addressed (Break-Even Goals).
     
    The Benchmark guidance also aligns with the UN SDGs. By using Future-Fit's guidance and metrics, companies can clearly understand and credibly communicate their contribution to the SDGs.
  • Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

    The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses the corporate policies, processes, transparency, and governance over large, publicly traded companies, as well as their responses to allegations of human rights abuses. This set of reports and resources scores the companies on 100 indicators across various measurement themes, and the key findings report provides insight into individual company performance across a range of metrics.

Practice

Standards

Description

Adhere to standards: comply with a recognized set of external standards related to environmental and/or social performance

Question

To what extent do you adhere to recognized sets of external standards related to sustainability performance?

Resources


Practice

External Knowledge

Description

External knowledge: exchange sustainability knowledge with other organizations with the aim of generating system-wide improvements

Question

To what extent do you exchange sustainability knowledge with other organizations?

Resources

  • Collaborating with the Competition

    One of the best ways for businesses to obtain external sustainability knowledge is to collaborate with their competitors. Collaboration helps businesses advance their own sustainability initiatives while increasing their capacity to tackle industry-wide challenges. This article breaks down the concept of competitor collaboration and explains how sustainability leaders, executives, and NGO professionals can work together to overcome complex industry-wide problems. It also addresses some of the challenges that can arise from collaborating with the competition, including how much information you should share and how to implement collective decisions within your own organization. 
     
    The online session (available to watch via the article) explains how to participate in competitor collaboration, best practices, and provides a range of supporting materials; the guide for managers describes the benefits and challenges of competitor collaboration, and offers research-based advice.


Practice

Seek Feedback

Description

Seek out feedback: solicit input from those outside the organization on its priorities and its performance against them

Question

To what extent do you solicit input from those outside your organization on your sustainability priorities and your performance against them?

Resources

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