Social and Environmental
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Developing and implementing CSR strategies can mitigate risk, facilitate communications with associates and customers, enhance competitiveness, and drive innovation. It also serves to codify and direct an organization's strategic vision by developing baselines, metrics, targets and milestones, while concurrently harmonizing messaging.
Environmental Marketing: Effective marketing collateral can harmonize communications by conveying goals, metrics, and milestones to internal and external stakeholders. Communicating successes and challenges can enhance transparency and provide differentiation in a competitive market.
Greenhouse Gas Management (GHG): Conducting a greenhouse gas inventory and implementing reduction strategies in accordance with leading standards (e.g. World Resource Institute and Carbon Disclosure Project) will identify inefficiencies, and enhances competitiveness and profitability by reducing energy expenditures.
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) ISO 14001: Developing a framework and best practices around environmental management can limit risk and drive innovation by developing organizational process controls and mechanisms towards iterative improvement.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) ISO 14025: Inventorying, analyzing and communicating the environmental performance of products can inform product design innovation, assess supply chain risk, and enhance competitiveness with end users and building standards (LEED v4 MRc2).
Health Product Declarations (HPDs): Inventorying and reporting product constituents health effects can mitigate risk by identifying materials of concern, demonstrates a commitment to safety and supports compliance to building standards (LEED v4 MRc4).
Life Cycle Assessments ISO 14040/44: A comprehensive understanding of the environmental impacts of any product or service from raw material extraction to end-of-life management can foster innovation, mitigate risk, enhance competitiveness and support compliance with building standards (LEED v4).
Product Certifications: Compliance with industry specific product certifications around social and environmental responsibility, toxicity, air quality and supply chain management can enhance an organizations strategic competitiveness. Developing information systems to minimize management burdens and derive additional value from existing product certification initiatives can directly impact profitability.
Employment Compliance: Conducting supply chain audits to ensure compliance to local, state and federal labor standards shields organizations from supplier externalities. Strong labor relationships increase employee retention and reduce the likelihood of costly litigation and negative publicity.