Executive Report: Measuring & Valuing Environmental Impacts

Executive Report: Measuring & Valuing Environmental Impacts

Navigate the decision-making process to manage environmental impacts like a pro. 
NBS July 19, 2011
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Your Firm's Impacts, Measured and Managed in Four Steps

Humans caused $6.6 trillion in environmental damage in 2008. NBS came across this and other important statistics during an in-depth synthesis of data from 180 studies on environmental impacts.

Our Executive Report, Measuring and Valuing Environmental Impacts: An Introductory Guide, is an extension of the Network for Business Sustainability's Systematic Review of the growing body of research on quantifying sustainability activities. Inspired by ideas from the NBS Leadership Council, the review presents the most comprehensive compilation of high-quality knowledge on this topic to date.

Navigate Decision-Making on Environmental Impacts

The Executive Report is designed to help senior executives and decision-makers new to sustainability navigate the strategic decision-making process for managing environmental impacts. It presents a detailed, step-by-step guide for implementation, and suggests tools and additional resources for measuring and valuing environmental impacts.

The report also presents case studies on how Canadian firms have experienced success in setting sustainability goals and using environmental metrics to inform corporate strategy.

Motivation to Measure

There are numerous reasons for monitoring how your business affects the natural environment and vice versa. Five key reasons for tracking—and improving—your business’ impacts are:

Four Steps to Accurate Benchmarking

Based on these five reasons, the Executive Report presents a four-step guide to assessing, measuring, and interpreting corporate environmental impacts.

Step 1: Define success. What goals do you want to achieve? How can your long-term goals be broken into targets? Step 2: Decide what to measure. What operational activities have significant impacts on the environment? Step 3: Determine how to measure and value impacts. Navigate the tools available, like Life Cycle Analysis or Environmental Footprinting. Step 4: Incorporate measures. Tie environmental results and measurements into strateg

ic decision-making. Armed with environmental measures and values, you can evaluate your progress or assess your present position, communicate with or report to key stakeholders, and revise your strategy or tactics to better reach your goals. 

Who Should Read the Report

Senior executives and decision-makers seeking to benchmark and track environmental progress in their firm should begin with this research-based report.
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Executive Report

Measure the value of sustainable business activities using the tools and framework of metrics in this introductory guide.

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