thinkstep

thinkstep is the global leader in sustainability performance management. Our data, drawn from more than 7,000 datasets, is unrivalled in its scope and rigour, and permits precise sustainability calculations throughout the supply chain. Our software is robust, convenient to use and available on-demand or as part of a complex, configurable solution. thinkstep’s three pillars of data, software and consulting enable us to provide sustainability as a service to over 2,500 companies—including more than 40% of the top 100 publicly traded companies—academic institutions, governments and associations, such as BASF, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Kraft Foods, Siemens, Unilever, Volkswagen, the Bank of England and the European Commission.

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Hauptstrasse 111-113 , Leinfelden-Echterdingen , 70771 Germany

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Business Type:
Software vendor
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Data and IT Systems
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1991
Employees:
101-1000
Turnover:
$10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US


Sustainability Consulting and Software

thinkstep is the global leader in sustainability performance management. Our data, drawn from more than 7,000 datasets, is unrivalled in its scope and rigour, and permits precise sustainability calculations throughout the supply chain. Our software is robust, convenient to use and available on-demand or as part of a complex, configurable solution. thinkstep’s three pillars of data, software and consulting enable us to provide sustainability as a service to over 2,500 companies—including more than 40% of the top 100 publicly traded companies—academic institutions, governments and associations, such as BASF, Hewlett-Packard, Interface, Kraft Foods, Siemens, Unilever, Volkswagen, the Bank of England and the European Commission.

Through our unique portfolio of software, data and consulting expertise we lead organizations to sustainable success and help them contribute to a resilient and thriving planet.

Sustainability is the pivot point for success

There’s no such thing as ‘business as usual’ in our era of climate change, resource scarcity and population growth. Today’s complex global value chains carry substantial risks and opportunities for environmental impact. That’s why governments, investors, customers and communities demand increased transparency and proactive, credible action from companies.

We believe that the next 10 years will be the breakthrough decade for global sustainability agendas. People and institutions demand it, scientific knowledge confirms it and modern technology enables it. But true sustainability requires a new approach—one grounded in data, scaled up through technology and tailored with services—to deliver real, long-term results.

thinkstep is the global leader in sustainability performance management.

When you work with thinkstep, you’re in good company. 2,500 businesses worldwide—including more than 40% of top 100 publicly traded companies—plus academic institutions, governments and associations, trust us to help them optimize sustainability throughout their organizations. We help you put forward-thinking into practice, recalibrating strategies and operations for long-term sustainability success with proven data, software and consulting.

Our data, drawn from more than 72,000 datasets, is unrivalled in its scope and rigour. It permits precise sustainability calculations across all parts of the supply chain. Our software is robust, easy to use, and available on demand or as part of a configurable solution. In other cases, our experts can help you map and evaluate the economic, environmental and social impacts for every aspect of your operations and products and then take action to reduce risks and to maximize opportunities.

Capture the environmental, economic and social impacts of every aspect of your products and operations, simply and efficiently. We offer the world’s leading source of next-generation sustainability technology and expertise, built over more than 25 years. Our data is collected from businesses around the world and in every industry resulting in more than 72,000 constantly evolving datasets, benchmarks and best practices.

Tap into:

  • Interconnected primary data, industry-sector data and geodata, allowing you to see the trends emerging from the bigger picture
  • Configurable data models for dynamic analysis of products and product portfolios
  • Next-generation filling systems to close gaps in your data
  • Visual queries for intuitive analysis
    Predictive analytics to anticipate risk and opportunity
  • Data characterization, categorization and aggregation, from product to corporate level
    Benchmarking and peer analysis
  • Dynamic scoring to evaluate qualitative and quantitative performance

Sustainability and compliance are complex business challenges—it takes sound analysis and engaged action will to solve them. But sustainability knowledge, needs and standards are constantly changing. That’s why we constantly expand our knowledge to keep you at the forefront of sustainability developments.

When you know the hotspots in your entire value chain, you can build in compliance to reduce operational risk, report on material issues to your stakeholders and accelerate product innovation. As a result, you will strengthen your brand and profitability long term, insulating your business against potential risks.

Sustainability emerges from trend to necessity

Successful businesses…

...have realized that driving economic performance and driving sustainability go together.

We believe that a corporate sustainability strategy creates surplus and also a change of perspective: “Circular” instead of take-make-waste is the future leader’s business model.

Software and consulting turn complexity into transparency.

With over 25 years of market experience, we know that environmental, social and compliance matters are complex, but controllable. What you are looking for is an overview. thinkstep software and consulting services enhance data quality, save processing time and improve reporting and decision-making.

Over 2,500 enterprise customers—including more than 40% of the top 100 publicly traded companies—have worked with thinkstep on over 3,000 projects over the years to support their compliance, reporting and sustainability goals.

Welcome to a world of thorough, accumulated data.

Our thinkstep.one platform permits precise sustainability calculations throughout your supply chain—and it is constantly evolving. The platform’s core consists of the thinkstep.one Data Foundation, plus the thinkstep.one Analytical Applications.

From producing product LCAs to managing multiple disclosure requirements, our data will assist you to take the next step in building your company’s sustainability strategy.

The more you know, the better your decisions.

Many of our clients start their sustainability journey from the ground up, like ThyssenKrupp, which gained immediate competitive advantages regarding stringent regional requirements.

Wherever you stand, our data and consulting services will accompany you in taking the next “thinkstep” toward greater sustainability. With reliable data and the knowledge you gain, you can choose your next step with confidence. How can we partner with you in your efforts toward greater sustainability?

The more you know the smarter your actions.

Sustainability is a complex business challenge. Ideology or good intentions alone won’t solve it. Instead, we need sound analysis and engaged action. Confidence in our mission starts with accurate information. This inspires us to expand our insights continuously, because the more we know, the smarter our actions.

This belief is captured in our logo in a lively way. The bars turn into an expression of our ever-evolving knowledge and creates the main and dominant element of our corporate design. That's why we called our logo “the ever-evolving knowledge”.

In 1991, thinkstep was one of the few thinking about sustainability. Awareness, expertise, methods and software have since grown into mature sustainability solutions. Sustainability is an attitude that we live every day. For instance, thinkstep has been carbon-neutral since 2006. Family-friendly policies and social responsibility toward employees and business partners are central pillars of our corporate strategy.

thinkstep sees itself as a think tank, a link connecting industry and research. The insights we gain flow into our consulting and software and are eyeopeners. Besides our business activities, we are engaged in various projects and activities and support people all over the world.

Recent community projects

Turning garbage into gold

We supported the aid organization Brot für die Welt (BfdW or Bread for the World, the development and relief agency of Germany’s Protestant churches) by sending Christmas greetings via email instead of printed Christmas cards. This reduces costs and conserves resources. The money that we saved was donated to people who urgently need our help.

Typhoon Haiyan

We supported the emergency aid organization “Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe” by sending Christmas greetings via email instead of printed Christmas cards. Our Christmas email reduces costs and conserves resources.

Let the water flow!

For years they fought in vain against the drought in the southern part of the country. But with the help of Bread for the World and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY, also called Mekane Yesus Church), the people of Konso are now free from their plight and harness thousands of hectares of land from the dry bush.

Learn under the open sky

All day long, Bandana Dalai has been looking forward to the next two hours. She sits on the ground, upright and with wide, attentive eyes. The 13-year-old has spread out a discarded rice sack as a mat and is wearing a red cardigan to keep the cold at bay—it’s winter in West Bengal.

Circus of hope

Life is a balancing act and not everybody achieves that balance. In South Africa, even the youngest children are aware of this. Many children and teenagers living in the townships are traumatized.

An Answer to Climate Change

In southern Bangladesh the effects of global warming are already markedly noticeable. Flooding and whirlwinds are striking more frequently and saltwater continues to encroach further into the region’s interior.

Centre for Disabled Persons

The task of collating, folding, enveloping and labelling our mailings in the current format has been allocated to the good hands of the Stuttgart Centre for the Physically Disabled (bhz). In their workplace are over 300 members with various disabilities.

Child Sponsorship

Established in 1978, ChildFund Deutschland assists 80,000 children and their families in more than thirty countries through community-based sponsorship programs and other types of program interventions.

Movember

Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men.

thinkstep enables organizations worldwide to succeed sustainably. Our sustainability software, data and consulting services help you drive operational excellence, product innovation, brand value and regulatory compliance.

thinkstep.one is a highly scalable enterprise software platform and application center that empowers decision-makers to transform their businesses and achieve breakthrough results. The thinkstep.one data foundation leverages the world’s largest sustainability database, which houses over 15,000 industrial activity models for simulation of any value chain or product.

We complement our technology with consultants who make sure you capture the full business value of sustainability. Our consulting services draw on more than two decades of experience working with businesses in 20 major sectors.

Sustainable Products

Enhance your brand and sales with truly sustainable products.

A groundswell of legislation and buyer awareness has dramatically increased the demand for sustainable products. Meet the resulting opportunities and responsibilities successfully with us.

Businesses need a clear, well-defined product sustainability strategy (Life Cycle Thinking) to deliver positive results across the entire life of a product, from concept and design to End-of-life. Our platform helps you mitigate risks, reduce costs and strengthen your brand with an integrated, sustainable approach to product development. Intelligent workflows and response also enable better engagement with your stakeholders and your entire value chain for transparent performance management.

Sustainable Businesses

Today’s complex global value chains carry substantial risks and opportunities across sectors.

Governments, investors, customers and communities are demanding greater scrutiny and transparency. Our platform helps you mitigate risks, reduce costs and strengthen your brand with an integrated, sustainable approach.

Automated data capture and validation help you improve sustainability, health and safety and energy data quality. Integrated reporting and management systems make it simpler to meet regulatory compliance and audit requirements. Our systems also offer monitoring and planning for energy and resource efficiency. Intelligent workflows and response enable better engagement with your employees and your entire value chain for transparent performance management.

Sustainable Cities

Make your city truely green.

Cities are major drivers for sustainability innovation today, setting purchasing guidelines that reward renewable energy efforts and energy efficiency initiatives in business and construction. We help increase the quality of sustainability data from buildings, operations and suppliers by automating data capture and validation.

Use our supplier scorecards to make better business decisions when putting green purchasing programs in place. Our systems offer monitoring and planning for carbon reduction and energy efficiency along with benchmarking and best practice tools to enhance performance management. We also automate reporting for common environmental and sustainability standards, making it easier for you to deliver transparent sustainability information to your stakeholders.

Sustainable Supply Chains

Managing your supply chain proactively means understanding risks and anticipating potential issues before they occur.

Companies that engage in broad collaboration throughout their value chains and industries are better able to innovate and solve the bigger sustainability challenges across a product’s life cycle. We help you quickly screen complex global supply chains for environmental and social impacts so you can focus on the hotspots.

Track your supplier and product compliance with international standards and regulations, quickly and simply. Use our scorecards and benchmarking to assess supplier sustainability assessment and performance. Our platform also supports efficient audits, sharing of best practices and collaboration at every stage of your supply chain.

Materials and Compliance Management

Reduce costs & avoid recalls by managing materials and substances early in the product design phase

As the design and performance of products across all industries become more and more complex, companies must enter the next frontier of product innovation: material-aware product design and engineering.

Material information and how it’s managed can have a profound effect on your product’s lifecycle, and often plays a role in the success of the product.

Thus it is critical to efficiently manage the lifecycle of all the required materials and substances so that your company can create innovative, compliant and sustainable products. 

We make it easy to establish a framework for sustainability and Design for Environment (DfE) initiatives, starting with a substance compliance solution to support the development of compliant, environmentally friendly products.

Life Cycle Assessment

Get the verified facts that guide truly sustainable sourcing and product development.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) gives you a more complete understanding of your company’s dependence on critical raw materials, the availability of alternative sources and the impact of materials and processes on the environment. With our integrated LCA software platform, you can identify trade-offs within your value chain and reduce both economic and environmental risks.

Use our fact-based lifecycle analyses to support strategic decisions about product portfolio investments, product development and sourcing materials. Let our process engineers compare different production processes with LCA to advise you on the ones that will provide superior sustainability performance. Our LCA software and services also give you the data and tools to design more sustainable products from conception to End-of-life stages.