Guide to business climate action

Step 5: Communicate and celebrate

Measuring the success of your initiatives as they relate to your initial baselines is incredibly important for continual improvement. Reporting gives you the opportunity to not only transparently communicate your progress, but also to reflect on what worked well and what needs to be done differently. Additionally, reporting on your progress externally is a great opportunity to share your success stories and help enhance your brand.

These resources will help you report, celebrate and market your energy and environmental initiatives.

Tools & Resources

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Culture Gap Assessment using the Embedding Project

The Embedding Project helps to implement sustainable practices across company operations and decision-making. In June 2020, Kathryn Cooper from the Sustainability Learning Centre joined Sustainable Waterloo Region to educate businesses on how to implement the Sustainability Culture Gap Assessment using the Embedding Project. Kathryn covered what the Embedding Project is, how some companies use the information from the assessment to shape their sustainable operations and other useful tools. Interested in implementing the embedding assessment into your organization? Read on to learn more!

Author: Clarissa Charles, Sustainable Waterloo Region; Kathryn Cooper, Sustainability Learning Centre Type: Guide, Tool

GRI Digital Reporting Tool

The tool is designed to publish sustainability data using the GRI Standards, whether the report is in accordance or with reference to GRI Standards. With this tool, organizations can customize their own set of material metrics drawn from the GRI Standards, map their data needs, and facilitate the collection of data all in one easy to use interface.

Author: Global Reporting Initiative, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Type: Guide, Tool

SDG Action Manager

This impact management solution enables businesses worldwide to set goals, track progress, and stay motivated on their actions toward the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations.  The SDG Action Manager was developed in partnership by B Lab and the United Nations Global Compact along with other content advisers. This demo video is also available.

Author: B Corporation, United Nations Global Compact Type: Tool

The Definitive Guide to Peer Coaching

Peer coaching also has the potential to be the core vehicle for managing change. Furthermore, peer coaching humanizes work, connects us, and drives employee fulfillment.

Author: Aaron Hurst Type: Guide, White paper

Sense Home Energy Monitor

Sense installs in your home’s electrical panel and provides insight into your energy use and home activity through our iOS, Android, and web apps.

Type: Tool

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Compass

Provides guide and tools for organizations to: align their business strategies, identify indicators, and measure and manage their progress towards the realization of SDG goals.

Author: UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Type: Guide, Template, Tool

Sustainability How-to Guide: Measuring and Monitoring

This guide has been designed to assist FMs in understanding how to establish a measuring and monitoring program by discussing investigation and documentation processes used to ensure optimized efficiency and performance throughout an organization.

Author: International Facility Management Association Type: Case study, Guide

The Wild West of Measuring Corporate Sustainability

4 resources for measuring and reporting sustainability strategies

Author: Stanford Social Innovation Review Type: Article

Green Marketing Gets Real

The ‘why’, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of sustainability communication at point of purchase.

Is green marketing right for your business?

5 tips for using your green credentials to attract customers.

Making Effective Sustainability Claims

This white paper looks at “greenwashing” (overstating your product or company’s sustainable attributes) and “green blushing” (not saying enough about your product or company’s sustainable attributes), and discusses how companies can credibly position their sustainability programs in the marketplace.

Author: Underwriters Laboratories Type: White paper

Global Reporting Initiative Standards

The GRI Standards are the first global standards for sustainability reporting. They feature a modular, interrelated structure, and represent the global best practice for reporting on a range of economic, environmental and social impacts.

Author: Global Reporting Initiative Type: Website

Your Stakeholders Are Listening, So What Are You Saying?

Understanding who your business affects and how they affect your business is key to long-term success. If you only focus on customers, you are falling way short. To truly take your business from local to national and on to global levels, you have to consider all the ways your company interacts with the world around it and, most importantly, what stories you are telling.