Pathway

Plan

Description

Develop an understanding of what it would look like for your organization to operate in a way that adheres to environmental limits and enhances social foundations and develop a plan to help your organization move towards this future state.

Practice

Prioritize

Description

Identify a set of material economic, environmental and social issues based on an understanding of the organization's positive and negative influences on the ecosystems and social systems in which it operates

Question

To what extent have you identified your material economic, environmental and social issues based on an understanding of your positive and negative influences on the ecosystems and social systems in which you operate?

Resources


Practice

Sustainability Goals

Description

Set sustainability goals: develop organizational and business unit goals and targets that would enable operating in a way that adheres to environmental limits and enhances social foundations

Question

To what extent have you set organizational and business unit goals and targets that address environmental limits and enhance social foundations?

Resources

  • Science Based Targets

    Specifically focused on GHG emission reduction goals, the Science Based Targets initiative aims to encourage companies to develop their GHG emission goals based on the latest climate science. This website offers resources, cases, and support to develop a science-based carbon goal.
  • The Road to Context

    Author: Embedding Project
    Our corporate partners wanted to understand how to factor social and ecological limits into their core strategy and goal-setting processes. They needed to make sense of the different frameworks and tools emerging to support a contextual view and they wanted to know what early leaders were doing to address context.

  • Future-Fit Business Benchmark

    The Future-Fit Business Benchmark is a free open-source tool grounded in systems science, and is designed to help companies assess where they are relative to necessary levels of environmental and social performance.
     
    The Benchmark includes an Action Guide and Methodology Guide that outline categories of positive environmental and social impacts and help companies articulate and quantify their unique contributions in a consistent framing (Positive Pursuits). It also describes areas of environmental and social footprint that represent risk areas to businesses and external stakeholders until they are addressed (Break-Even Goals).
     
    The Benchmark guidance also aligns with the UN SDGs. By using Future-Fit's guidance and metrics, companies can clearly understand and credibly communicate their contribution to the SDGs.
  • CEO Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

    This guide is designed to give CEOs an overview and introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Amplifying the key messages of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission’s flagship Better Business, Better World report, the guide explains how organizations can take actionable steps to align their business strategy with this critical societal agenda.
  • SDG Compass

    The SDG Compass aims to provide guidance to companies to help align their strategies and measure their contributions to SDGs. This guide, Step 3 (setting goals), focuses on setting specific, measurable, and time-bound corporate sustainability goals across the organization.
  • Sustainable Development Goals Interactive Tool

    IISD has developed a free interactive tool that directs users to SDG-related publications by region or goal. This tool provides insight into how the SDGs impact companies and communities around the world, and may be of particular use for companies with an international scope or those interested in entering new markets.
  • Next Generation Sustainability Targets: Toward Big, Context-Based Goals

    "[It] is logical, it’s rational, it demands some thought, it demands analysis, and to us it’s the smart way of setting goals." This is Hector Rodriguez, Senior Director of Global EH&S at Biogen Idec, speaking about how his organization began setting goals for reducing the company’s water so that it would no longer exceed the capacity of local watersheds. This free eBook from Sustainable Brands on context-based goal setting contains a host of other conversations and interviews with thought leaders focused around what is required to develop smart sustainable goals.
  • Set Your Sustainability Goals to Match the Problem

    Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot, discusses the importance of setting long-term, science-based goals that will contribute to overcoming the challenges of climate change. Winston explains that goal-setting needs to become more firmly based on reality and science. For a deeper dive into the pivot framework and why incremental goals won't cut it, read Winston’s article in Harvard Business Review, called Resilience in a Hotter World.


Practice

Envision

Description

Engage in a process to make sense of a set of future scenarios and envision a sustainable future in which the organization is able to operate in a way that adheres to environmental limits and enhances social foundations

Question

To what extent do you envision future sustainability scenarios in order to inform what you do today?

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Practice

Strategy

Description

Inform strategy: incorporate consideration of environmental limits and social foundations into the organization's core strategy-making process

Question

To what extent do you integrate sustainability into your core strategy-making process?

Resources

  • New The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

    Momentum is growing for organizations to formally and transparently articulate the risks that climate change poses to the value of their assets and their future profitability. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has emerged as a response to this call for action, empowering companies to more effectively measure and evaluate their own risks and those of their suppliers and competitors. The TCFD promotes “consistent, comparable, reliable, clear, and efficient” voluntary climate-related financial disclosures, and has developed comprehensive recommendations and resources in support of this. These resources focus on governance, strategy, risk, metrics, targets, and the use of scenario analysis for evaluating climate-related financial risks and opportunities.

    The work of the TCFD has culminated in a comprehensive Final Recommendations report and several supplemental reports, including a Technical supplement, which provides in-depth information and tools for using scenario analyses to understand the strategic implications of climate-related risks and opportunities to your organization.

  • New A4S Essential Guide: Strategic Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting

    In a changing world where the long-term economic, social, and environmental outlook is tremendously complex and uncertain, it has become increasingly difficult to respond to emergent trends. This guide from A4S was designed to improve decision-making and risk management by providing finance teams with tools, practical examples, and guidance on how to integrate sustainability into strategic planning, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • The Road to Context

    Author: Embedding Project
    Our corporate partners wanted to understand how to factor social and ecological limits into their core strategy and goal-setting processes. They needed to make sense of the different frameworks and tools emerging to support a contextual view and they wanted to know what early leaders were doing to address context.

  • The Performance Frontier: Innovating for a Sustainability Strategy

    If you are beginning to consider what a sustainability strategy might look like for your organization, this article is a good place to start. It offers a high-level look at steps involved in developing a sustainability strategy.
  • The Big Pivot

    Focus on sustainability mega challenges first, and then work backwards to find the most profitable path to get there. In Radically Practical Strategies, Part II of The Big Pivot, Andrew Winston weaves together a collection of stories that offer insight into how to build a resilient company by integrating sustainability into organizational strategy.

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