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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. You can always change your selection, So - you can click the Option A (Free) one now and then decide on Option B (Basic) after you learn more. 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
  • From date of sign-up
  • For Founding Members, the clock starts September 30, 2018 even if you sign up before that date.
Cost: $1,500 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 B 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: $3,200
  • This cost will cover some initial tailoring of information to meet your needs and also some ongoing 1:1 analysis and updates from Gib
  • Depending on the degree of custom analysis desired, this fee may need to be adjusted.
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.

Resources

What are the best few articles about Sustainability that I should send to the CEO?

I am often asked the question above. Depending on the circumstances, industry sector, stage of (sustainability) maturity, etc., here is some of my recommended reading. Currently under development; below is a start.

Get Started

We offer a free sample rating that provides a “sneak preview” of how your company stacks up. Then we invite you to explore how to join to get access to the full Scorecard and related tools that will enable you to enhance your company’s sustainability strategy and performance.

Do your Free Sample Rating

The 20 Key Sustainability Indicators (KSIs) below were selected from a total of about 170 indicators in the full Scorecard. Consider these as your own “leading sustainability indicators” that will define, in general terms, where your company stands today. How to do a rating? Just move the slider bar to the “correct” spot. (Available ratings are at the full stages and halfway between each stage.) Optional Check Boxes: There are two "check boxes" under each Key Sustainability Indicator:
  • Not applicable: Click only if this Key Sustainability Indicator is absolutely not relevant to your company or industry.
  • Highly relevant / significant to my company. Click if you believe that this particular Key Sustainability Indicator is especially critical for your company. We recommend that no more than 10 percent of all KSIs be checked in this way.
Best Practices: Under each Key Sustainability Indicator that you rate your company on, there is a blue "Best Practices" box. Click here to see several examples of a Stage 3 or Stage 4 practice. Note: if you would like to suggest an additional best practice example (from your company or a peer company) you will see an opportunity to do that.

How It Works

Why not Think about Sustainability the Way your Board does?

The Scorecard enables you to rate your progress in four fundamental areas:
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Strategy and Execution
  • Environment Stewardship
  • Social Responsibility
Across those four areas, the Scorecard has 17 Elements, each supported by a detailed Scorecard Template, which can be seen when you get started. Within each of the 17 Scorecard elements, individual templates define the development stages of key sustainability indicators (KSI) – based on our experience with companies over the past 30 years. [scorecard_graphic intro="Hover over the different parts of the graphic below to explore the different aspects of the scorecard."] To get started using the scorecard, try our Free Sample Rating. Get started

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50 Board Meetings . . . One Question

In our experience, having participated in over fifty Fortune 500 Board of Directors meetings, there is always one question the independent sustainability advisor is asked: “How do we stack up?”

Corporate Sustainability Scorecard – Example Ratings

The Corporate Sustainability Scorecard was developed for CEOs and board members to answer that question – and to provide C-suite executives with a “framework” for taking action. This simple tool measures progress on your company’s sustainability journey and helps you to plan strategically. The Corporate Sustainability Scorecard™ C-suite rating system is a comprehensive assessment and planning tool. Executives use the Scorecard to answer three simple questions:
  1. How do we stack up today (on a one-to-four maturity scale) vis-à-vis sustainability – compared with:
    • Competitors and other peer companies?
    • Best practices today?
    • Where we think leaders are heading?
  2. Where do we want to be tomorrow – given…
    • The competitive landscape?
    • Our own ambitions?
    • The speed needed to win in the marketplace?
  3. How do we get from here to there?
Since 1999, over 50 major companies globally have used the Scorecard to hone their sustainability strategy and implementation. The Scorecard provides a logical, structured framework that speaks the language of the CEO and board. It helps shape strategic conversations and set priorities. It is easy to use; allows several people to do inputs; enables the user to “stop and save” -- and view interim results and ratings.

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You can go back any time to edit your Scorecard (your company self-assessment). The main reasons to do this are:
  • Fill in any missing ratings (ones you clicked "Don't Know" or perhaps clicked "N/A" on the first pass
  • Add or revise your "Highly Relevant to my Company" ratings. This is especially important as it triggers later reporting that will be of value to you.
Note: some Scorecard users have found it helpful to have a downloadable file that has all of the rating criteria in an easy-to-follow format. This is especially true when multiple people from the company may be involved in contributing to the company self-assessment. You can download the Scorecard Templates - updated in August 2018 - below:
  • "Tracked" version - intended for those ~60 companies that completed the initial Scorecard by February 2018, and especially for the individual who did that initial rating. This "tracked" version shows the main changes made since February 2018:
    • Content changes are highlighted in RED font
    • KSI changes (10 have been deleted / merged with others to eliminate redundancy)
  • New "clean" version - intended for any company completing the first self-assessment after August 2018, and also likely to be most helpful for every user and contributor going forward.
To edit your self-assessment:
  • Log in
  • Go to My Completed Assessments
  • Click on your completed company assessment
  • At the very end of it in small font click on “Edit this Submission”