The downside of this work is a proliferation of tools to help you.
The Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan has just made it a lot easier to find the right tool. SHIFT TOOLS is focused on business but many of those practices also apply to municipalities; and they are working on having similar resources for cities/communities.
You can search for tools that help you:
- Set targets and goals (see who's measuring what and what their targets are)
- Develop a road map and see where your organization is in its maturity
- Report on your performance
- Develop a business case/find the return on investment for certain actions.
Check it out. You can search for tools by industry, issue (water, climate, etc.), free or fee, reviewer's stars, job function, etc.
I just sat in on a webinar by Saman Baghestani, one of the developers, and he highlighted some specific tools he liked. So if you want a short list, look at some of these:
TARGETS AND GOALS
- Pivot Goals shows what different companies are tracking and reporting, what their goals are
- Embedding Project lets you create your own "casebook" of goals related to 12 thresholds
- Future Fit lays out how to create long-term business value
- Project Breakthrough has pitch decks that help you make the business case
- Science Based Targets Initiative help you set climate related targets based on good science
- Global Opportunity Explorer shows solutions and markets tied to the Sustainable Development Goals
- B-Corp (certification)
- CDP (climate, water)
- RILA (retail)
- Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
- Sustainability Scorecard
- Reporting Exchange (part of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development)
- Business Case for Sustainability (by International Finance Corp)
- Business Case Calculator (downloadable spreadsheets to calculate payback, internal rate of return, etc.)