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These resources will help you to understand and improve the sustainability performance of your operations, so that you can maintain, and eventually enhance, the resilience of relevant ecosystems and social systems.

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A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains

Traceability is an important part of developing a sustainable value chain. Part II of this guide from the UN Global Compact will help you to familiarize yourself with the three main approaches to traceability: Product Segregation, Mass Balance, and Book and Claim. Part III offers practical guidance on implementing traceability. The guide also includes an annex that lists the most relevant traceability issues and actors for ten common commodities.

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The ISO 14000 Family

This series of environmental management standards provide guidance for organizations that want to make voluntary efforts to systematize and improve their environmental management. These standards will help you to create and implement policies and frameworks related to environmental system requirements, audits, life cycle analysis, and other challenges.

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Water Risk Filter

The Water Risk Filter uses 32 annually-updated, peer reviewed data layers alongside a risk questionnaire to help you explore, understand, prioritise, and respond to water risks at specific sites. It is designed to be easy to use by non-water experts, and is the only water risk tool to assess both basin and operational risks. The filter is also aligned with leading water stewardship frameworks, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Water Risk Filter also now applies TCFD-linked scenarios, which will help you to understand how water risks may evolve over time.

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Social Impact Assessment: Guidance for assessing and managing the impacts of projects

This guide from the International Association for Impact Assessment will help you to understand what is expected in good practice social impact assessment and social impact management processes, especially in relation to project development. It defines and explains social impacts, explores the business case and key considerations, and identifies the phases and tasks of social impact assessments.

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OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit

This toolkit is a good starting point for small- and medium-sized enterprises that want to improve the sustainability of their manufacturing operations. The toolkit has two parts: a guide, which introduces a seven-step framework that can help you to understand, measure, and improve your environmental performance, and a web portal that offers technical guidance on measurement and other relevant resources.

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Solar Impulse Foundation

This database showcases thousands of solutions for improving the sustainability of operations, products, and services. The curated database allows you to filter for solutions by sector, client profile, application, geography, and more, and the solution profiles highlight the potential environmental and financial benefits. This is a good one-stop shop for technology experts, engineers, operations managers, change agents, and leaders to explore the growing range of innovations that can support their sustainability-related projects and objectives.

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From Scorecard to Playbook: Walmart’s Packaging Evolution

In this interview, Laura Phillips - Walmart's SVP of Sustainability - explains how Walmart transitioned from its iconic packaging scorecard (Sustainable Packaging Scorecard) to a Sustainability Index (Sustainable Packaging Playbook). The new index uses priority KPIs to measure the impact of Walmart's supply chain. In this Q&A, Philips demonstrates how companies can drive operational efficiency by establishing KPIs and life-cycle assessments for individual products.