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TruCost

TruCost is a sustainability reporting MGM that helps organisations to measure and manage the environmental impacts associated with their operations, supply chains and investment portfolios. As part of this, they collect data on carbon, water, waste, metals and chemicals. But they don't only focus on reporting on the physical environmental impact in quantitative terms; they also place a monetary value on any impacts found.

 The services supplied by TruCost help its clients to:

FTSE 4 Good Index Series

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Social, Environmental and Governance Performance Indicators

The FTSE 4 Good Index Series are a number of multi-criteria performance metrics developed by FTSE 4 Good. The project began with the FTSE 4 Good UK and European indicies, which track companies' performance towards social, environmental, and governance indicators responsibility standards. Now the FTSE 4 Good has expanded its range of indices to  include other regions (e.g. Australia; added in 2008) industries that were previously excluded outright (e.g. infant formulas, 2010; and uranium extraction, 2006). 

 

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices comprise a number of indices all focused around the same methodology covering leading companies in markets across the globe in terms of sustainability performance.

Standard & Poor’s Carbon & ESG Indices

Standard & Poor are major providers of worldwide  financial information provision and today operate in 23 countries. They currently provide information and ratings ranging from equity markets to the risk of national bonds.  Standard & Poor offer four indices related to Carbon and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG):

Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)

FSC Certified products are verified from the forest of origin through the supply chain. Products are from responsibly harvested and verified sources, and certification is designed to link sustainable production with concerned consumers.

Principles and Criteria (Version 5, 2012)

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Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) promotes the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through what the RSPO calls “credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders”.

The RSPO is a forum for discussion of palm oil sustainability, in addition it has produced a set of standards for RSPO certified palm oil. Members wishing to sell RSPO certified palm oil must comply with the production and supply chain standards detailed below. Certification is by an independent third party auditor.

Production Standards*   

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ISO 14001: 2004

ISO 14001 is a “generic management system standard” that has a set of requirements for implementing an environmental management system (EMS).

It can be applied to any organisation, whatever its product or service, in any sector of activity, and whether it is a business, public administration or government department.

The EMS should enable an organisation to develop and implement a policy and objective that takes into account legal requirements, specific requirements of the organisation, and environmental aspects.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

The PEFC is a non-profit, non-governmental programme to promote sustainable forestry. Its certification scheme covers both production and trade standards. 

Production – PEFC Sustainable Forestry Management Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification

In adhering to the sustainability standards developed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC),  wild-capture fisheries from around the world can be recognised for specific management practices by the MSC label applied to the produce of these fisheries. In this, consumers are granted the choice between certified and non-certified fish products.

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