Nike has taken the admirable step of making freely available its sustainable design guide, developed with Central Saint Martin's college. It adopts 10 central principles to encourage greater circularity, especially in clothing and footwear but also more widely applicable.
The Responsible Recruitment Toolkit (RRT) supports labour providers, labour recruiters and in-house recruitment teams to recruit responsibly by providing practical step-by-step guidance across 27 areas of responsible recruitment mapped against globally recognised social compliance standards.
Responsible 100 is a management tool for reducing risk, enhancing reputation and improving performance by self-assessing and declaring performance against a range of social and environmental issues. It aims to create community of organisations and people working together to create a better business for a better world.
The SDG Compass provides guidance for companies on how they can align their strategies as well as measure and manage their contribution to the realisation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The guide was developed with a focus on large multinational enterprises but small and medium enterprises are also encouraged to use it as a source of inspiration and adapt as necessary.
There is no reason why you should not publicise your achievements in environmental sustainability but it’s important to avoid greenwash; environmental claims should be real and truthful, fully substantiated and clearly communicated so as to avoid any possibility of misunderstanding. Defra has published a useful guide to green claims.
Financial Valuation Tool
For some sustainability activities, the business case might be a conventional return on investment model based on reduced energy costs, but for others it might be more complex. The International Finance Corporation has produced a free Financial Valuation Tool for creating business value through sustainability investments.
Biodiversity Net Gain is development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before. IEAMS has worked with CIRIA and CIEEM to develop principles and guidance to help professionals and UK industry address this challenge.