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In order to become a Registered User of the Corporate Sustainability Scorecard, company executives have three options for joining. All three options are based on an annual agreement, starting on the date of clicking the Join button below.

If you have any questions about the Join options, please email Gib Hedstrom.

Option A: Free Participation – “How do we maintain access?”

Time Period: One year from date of joining

Cost: No fee

Requirements (same for all Join options):

  • Must be a for-profit company or corporation.
  • Only available (and applicable) to large and mid-size companies; must have annual sales of at least $100 million or at least 100 employees.
  • Not available (or intended for) professional service firms (consultancies, law firms, etc.).

What You Agree:

  • Complete an initial Company Self-Assessment.
  • Update your Company Self-Assessment at least once per year.
  • Click the Option A Join button – and thereby confirm the User Agreement:
    • Ensures confidentiality of your data (no other company can see your data).
    • Allows us to list your company name as a participant – so that you (and all others) have a sense of what peer companies are in the benchmark database.

What You Receive:

  • Ongoing 24/7 access as a Registered User
  • Ability to edit your Company Self-Assessment as often as you want.
  • Ability for up to five individuals in your company to become a Registered User (we assign user name and password).
  • A PDF report of your Company Self Assessment, updated each time you revise your ratings.
  • Access to the summary information of all Scorecard participants (so that you can do your own analysis to determine how your company compares).

You do not receive access to the “user portal” portion of the website – that is part of Options B and C below.

Option B: Basic Analysis – “How do we stack up?”

Time Period: Annual Subscription

Cost: TBD

Requirements (same for all Join options):

  • Must be a for-profit company or corporation.
  • Only available (and applicable) to large and mid-size companies; must have annual sales of at least $100 million or at least 100 employees.
  • Not available (or intended for) professional service firms (consultancies, law firms, etc.).

What You Agree (same requirements as those in Option A)

  • Complete an initial Company Self-Assessment.
  • Update your Company Self-Assessment at least once per year.
  • Click the Option B Join button – and thereby confirm the User Agreement:
    • Ensures confidentiality of your data (no other company can see your data).
    • Allows us to list your company name as a participant – so that you (and all others) have a sense of what peer companies are in the benchmark database.

What You Receive:

Option B provides 24/7 access to the user portal showing multiple ways to “slice and dice” the data to see your your company compares with peers. The main focus of Option C is to help companies answer the basic question: “How do we stack up – vis-a-vis all participants; industry peers; etc.?”

  • 24/7 Access: to user web portal (to be accessed via user name and password).
  • Updated Weekly: The database is constantly being updated – as new companies complete a Self-Assessment; as existing participants edit their Self-Assessment; and as website enhancements are made.
  • Benchmark Your Peers: comparison of your company to:
    • All participants (all companies in the database at the time of request)
    • Your Industry Sector (assuming at least six companies in the group)
    • Your Industry Sub-sector (assuming at least six companies in the group)
  • Benchmark Scorecard Topics: Compare your Company Self-Assessment to your peers:
    • Overall Score (your score and distribution of overall scores and scores in your peer group)
    • By Section (the  four broad sections of the Scorecard: Governance; Strategy; Environmental; and Social)
    • By Element (the 17 “pages” on the rating tool – that fall within the four Sections above (e.g., Goals and Metrics, Strategic Planning, etc.)
    • By KSI (the ~150 “Key Sustainability Indicators” that Scorecard users rate)
  • Examine your Material Issues:  Dig into those items (KSIs) you marked as “Highly Important / Relevant to my Company
  • Downloadable Graphics: Users can download charts and graphs depicting benchmark results.
  • Compare and Contrast Other Ratings: See how the Scorecard detail compares with:
    • TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures)
    • DJSI (Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
    • And other common sustainability ratings

Option C: Custom Analysis “How do we improve?”

Time Period: Annual Subscription

Cost: TBD

Requirements (same for all Join options):

  • Must be a for-profit company or corporation.
  • Only available (and applicable) to large and mid-size companies; must have annual sales of at least $100 million or at least 100 employees.
  • Not available (or intended for) professional service firms (consultancies, law firms, etc.).

What You Agree (same requirements as those in Options A and B)

  • Complete an initial Company Self-Assessment.
  • Update your Company Self-Assessment at least once per year.
  • Click the Option C Join button – and thereby confirm the User Agreement:
    • Ensures confidentiality of your data (no other company can see your data).
    • Allows us to list your company name as a participant – so that you (and all others) have a sense of what peer companies are in the benchmark database.

What You Receive:

Option C participants receive all of the benefits of Option B… plus more. Option C offers additional, tailored information designed by the user. The main focus of Option C is to help companies focus on areas of greatest importance: “How do we improve – most efficiently and cost effectively?”

  • 24/7 Access, with data updated weekly: (same as Option B)
  • Hand Pick Peer Companies to Benchmark: Let’s say you want to select your own group of (at least six – to preserve confidentiality) companies to benchmark. These might include:
    • Peer Companies from Your Industry (assuming at least six companies in the group)
    • Customers (assuming at least six companies in the group)
    • Others (other companies you want to include – perhaps leaders you often benchmark with)
  • Hand Pick Topics to Benchmark: Let’s say you want to compare your Company to your peers on a key ESG topic. Some ESG topics cut across various sections, elements and KSIs of the Scorecard. For example:
    • Supply Chain (two of the 17 elements specifically address supply chain issues – one in environment and one in the social sections. In addition, several KSIs in other
    • Employee Engagement (One specific KSI addressed “employee engagement” – but a number of other ones clearly impact it – other KSIs within Culture and Organization;  Workplace; etc.
  • Examine your Material Issues:  Dig into those items (KSIs) you marked as “Highly Important / Relevant to my Company. You receive some basic analysis in Option B; however, here you can dig deeply and create tailored analyses.
  • Downloadable Graphics: In this option, the charts and graphs you download can show your custom benchmark analyses.
  • Compare and Contrast Other Ratings: Perhaps you would like a tailored report showing how the Scorecard compares with the specific external ratings your company participates in.

For Further Information

Executives from global corporations who would like access to the Scorecard, or would like to learn more about it, should contact Gib Hedstrom.

Cost

The cost structure will be available in June 2018.

Gib’s goal is to cover the (fairly significant) out-of-pocket costs for developing and maintaining the web-based tool. This includes analyst research work and website design/upgrading. The current “run rate” for website work is four hours per week from January 1, 2018 – continuing for at least most of 2018.

Gib would welcome your input into what seems like a reasonable fee for the annual subscription. Our intent is to offer a one-time discount for “founding” participants.

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