sustainability performance benchmarking Articles

  • Benchmarking inter-organisational technology cooperation: the link between infrastructure and sustained performance

    Cooperative efforts among government, industry, and universities have gown in importance as strong contributors to the nation's technological and economic competitiveness in the global environment. Such efforts include cooperation among networks of government R&D/technology laboratories, industrial R&D laboratories, and universities. The resulting novel organisational formats created to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The sustainable cities agenda

    Cities are often called economic powerhouses.  Even countries with large agricultural sectors need the activities that are generated in cities to maintain flourishing economies.  As the world’s population grows, so does the number of urban dwellers.  This in turn has significant sustainable development implications for our resource-limited planet.  Given that cities are ...


    By Article 13

  • Corporate Sustainability Programs

    In today’s business world, sustainability is becoming an integral part of company operations. Here’s how a few manufacturers are making sustainability part of their business model, and how standards play a role. Understanding sustainability and what it means to be a sustainable business continues to evolve as more companies issue sustainability reports, sign on for carbon ...


    By ASTM International

  • Small town water services sustainability checks: development and application in Ethiopia

    With rising coverage figures and the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals, there is increasing attention given to assessing and monitoring the sustainability of water services. Previous efforts in the rural water supply sector have included the development of sustainability checks, while in the urban water supply sector, benchmarking of water services and the performance of utilities ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Business, Eco-Efficiency and Sustainable Development: The Role of Management Tools

     Executive Summary Sustainable development is not incompatible – and can be mutually supportive – with competitiveness. Business has many ‘win-win’ opportunities to create environmental and/or social improvement whilst increasing profits and market share. This can create new sources of employment. Business has reconciled the need for sustainable development with the demands of ...

  • Conducting a sustainability assessment: practical six-step approach for addressing stakeholder interests

    Why Conduct a Sustainability Assessment? Within many sectors of the economy, there has been an increasing need for companies to address sustainability principles throughout their value chain. The impetus for addressing sustainability has generally been a heightened awareness of the issue on the part of key stakeholders – such as investors, large scale customers, employers, and ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Fiscal sustainability and the accuracy of macroeconomic forecasts: Do supranational forecasts rather than government forecasts make a difference?

    Credible fiscal plans that aim at restoring fiscal sustainability will be essential to counter the present increase in debt levels all across Europe. The macroeconomic scenario of such plans will be crucial. This paper assesses whether there is any advantage in delegating (part of) such power to supranational forecasts. The evidence on the relative performance of the European Commission's (EC) ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Knowledge is power

    A guide to improve Enterprise Sustainability Performance. The white paper is a guide for people in sustainable business that want to learn about  sustainability content such as best practice libraries, performance benchmarks and impact profiles to achieve improved Enterprise Sustainability Performance. Please, click ...


    By thinkstep

  • What do I need to do to improve reliability?

    “What do I need to do to improve reliability?” This is a seemingly simple question that elicits many different responses from reliability practitioners. One practitioner will say that you should benchmark your facility’s performance. Another will state that you need to perform a root cause failure analysis (RCFA) on equipment failures. In both cases, the advice could be beneficial. But, two key ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Case Study - Kesko

    KESKO – Industry Leader in Sustainability Reporting Kesko is the most versatile provider of trading sector services in the Baltic Sea area and has operations on in the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries and Russia. Kesko implemented Tofuture’s Corporate Sustainability Management (CSM) system to improve the efficiency and consistency of sustainability data collection and ...


    By Tofuture Oy

  • Transformation of an entrepreneurial firm to a global service provider: the case study of Infosys

    Infosys today is the benchmark in the Indian Information and Technology Industry. The company has emerged from a normal "Body-Shopping" outfit to an End-To-End solution provider through a strong process orientation and an enabling culture. It is on the threshold of breaking into the big league and become a recognised IT servicing outfit on a global scale. The company has installed quality systems ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Defining the environmental compass points for exelon

    In this case study, a lead executive from a major producer of electricity explains how, through better business alignment and environmental strategy, the company out-maneuvered the financial pressures of post-Enron debt barriers. The fundamental challenge that Exelon leadership and the ESD Team sought to resolve was defining the direction or intent for the environmental strategy. Some felt that ...


    By AHC Group

  • BT - CR Verification - Case Study

    BT has long believed in corporate responsibility (CR) in its broadest sense. They understand that to operate a sustainable business it needs to look beyond profit towards the communities it serves. This sees them investing 1% of its pre tax profits, around £25m a year, into initiatives supporting its Better Future vision. ...


    By LRQA Limited

  • Materiality assessments in 4 simple steps

    What is it? Materiality. It’s a concept that comes up more and more frequently – especially when it comes to discussions of sustainability. But what is it exactly and how and why is it applicable to EHS? Put simply. Materiality is a principle to help define and determine the business, social and environmental topics that matter most to a business and its ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Environmental Supply Chain Management

    The significant impact that members of the supply chain have on organisations’ environmental performance, either through their actions or the products they supply, is increasingly becoming recognised throughout business. Examples of organisations which have faced legal action, financial loss, and damage to corporate image as a result of their supply chain partners' activities are numerous, and as ...


    By WYG

  • SGS Warns on the Hidden Risks of Subcontracting

    Do you know where your products are manufactured? Not just the agent or supplier you are sourcing from, but the actual location where your product or major components can be found? If you do, then you are in a lucky minority of companies with a fully transparent supply chain. If not, it is time to consider the risks in your supply chain. In these days of fast fashion, ...


    By SGS

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