Improved Metrics for Minimizing Business Risk Impacts

We have seen evolution of sustainability goals from targeting operational areas in environment and energy to focusing on all-encompassing goals around the community and employees. Thanks to the initiatives at leading brands, the metrics catering to supply chains and products are also poised to be mainstream. This is important because over 50 to 70% of […]

How do Humans, An Intangible Asset, Create Tangible Value? Inputs.

Intangible Asset Path to Recognition Coca-Cola: the 3rd most valuable brand in the world (October, 2016.) A company brand is the most widely known intangible asset (also a category of Hidden Asset.) So, intangible assets can and have significantly impacted the value of a company. This recognition of value holds an organization accountable to decision-making […]

Does Your Business Model Need to Change? Do the Math.

A seismic shift in global demographics is underway. In the two decades between 2009 and 2030, the global middle class will expand by 3 billion people—ten times the population of the U.S. This is an exciting market opportunity for companies that serve middle-class consumers, but how they offer products and services must change if we […]

Can SDGs Shape the Future of Corporate Disclosure?

Business is showing increasing interest in using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to inform and enhance their social and environmental programs and ultimately their business strategies. The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and include 17 ambitious goals and 169 targets aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for […]

Assessing the “Real Impact” of our Business

How can we assess the contribution of business to society? In search for an answer to this question, an approach is needed to measure the value propositions of business activities along the entire value chain. It needs to capture the right impact factors, demonstrate interdependencies and help to make better and more informed decisions. At […]

7 Insights of 7 Years of #NewMetrics

Four months and seven years ago, KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, founder of Sustainable Brands, launched the New Metrics of Sustainable Business conference. KoAnn invited me to be part of the “village” of birthing partners — with Dimitar Vlahov of SB, Nick Gower of HIP Investor, and Bill Baue of Reporting 3.0 — to bring together the leading […]

We value human capital. What does it mean to demonstrate it?

“If we don’t destroy life on this planet before we discover how to make it possible for man to utilize his abilities to create a world in which he can live in peace, it is possible that the next half century will bring the most dramatic social changes in human history.” ― Douglas McGregor, The […]

5 New Metrics Trends You Can’t Miss

The New Metrics community has been growing and maturing for several years now – ever since Sustainable Brands convened the first set of New Metrics conversations in the fall of 2011. The field has evolved tremendously since then, and the annual New Metrics conference continues to bring the cutting edge of thought leadership, practical tools […]

The Trust Index: Exploring the Critical and Notorious Question of Trust

A sustainable business requires consumer acceptance of your products, support across the value chain, and a strong business model pulling—and keeping—it all together. Sounds great. But how do you know if your company has these? A strong business model is easy to track. From accounting to finance, there is no shortage of standardized metrics to […]