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 and case studies. Here is a sneak peek into 5 hot New Metrics trends the event will cover this year, trends that are sure to have a lasting impact:

1. Drivers of Sustainability Performance

Corporate sustainability teams, programs and initiatives are becoming more visible, and researchers are digging into success drivers that separate the best from the rest. New studies looking at the relationship between sustainability reporting and performance, the capabilities needed to turn social purpose into growth, and the financial impacts of working on the SDGs, are bringing valuable new insight and a new level of understanding.

2. The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Many executives are inspired by the potential of win-win innovation that creates value for their business while also taking advantage of the unfolding technology-driven Fourth Industrial Revolution. New impact measurement models are a rich source of analysis and recommendations.

3. The Rise of Blockchain Applications

A new generation of sustainability-minded entrepreneurs are tapping blockchain methodologies as a means of reaching new frontiers in supply chain management, collaborative business models and stakeholder management — revolutionizing things like commodity sourcing and carbon finance, for example.

4. The Total Contribution Approach

At the moment few brands have effective tools to illustrate the extra value generated by purposeful systems-oriented innovation, but that is starting to change. We’re seeing promising new tools creating for this exact purpose — a new value-to-society calculator that estimates a brand’s contribution to society along the entire value chain, as well as a methodology to measure the economic value of the impact a brand has on the vital capitals of resources, know-how and networks, for example.

5. The Evolution of Employee Engagement

There is a trend of social activism inside corporate workplaces concerning a wide range of issues, from office spaces, to flexible hours, to employees’ relationships with executives and brand values. At the same time, sustainability-driven employee engagement is interacting more and more with traditional HR, with valuable insights and lessons to be gleaned.

Don’t miss your chance to discuss these topics and more with hundreds in the Sustainable Brands global community at New Metrics ‘17 in Philadelphia this November. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn through hands-on bootcamps, inspiring plenaries and engaging breakout sessions while gaining access to the newest, cutting edge tools to move your business forward.

See you in Philadelphia!

Dimitar Vlahov
Sustainable Brands
Director of Content Development
Oct 6, 2017

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