True Costs and True Prices

The root problem of sustainability is true costs: the external costs of production and consumption on society, such as CO2 emissions and underpayment, that are real but are not included in the price. The solution is true pricing: making these costs transparent and eliminating them by producing more sustainably. A product with a true price is sustainable; if all products have a true price, the economy is sustainable. True pricing provides brands with a tool to know how sustainable their products are and what steps would contribute most towards the sustainability of their products. As governments and consumers move to internalize externalities, true pricing is also a tool to identify and quantify the greatest sustainability risks.

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Integrated Reporting and Integrated Profit and Loss

Businesses and Financial institutions struggle with reporting on impact internally and externally in an effective and efficient manner. The Integrated Profit & Loss (IP&L) provides an impact measurement and reporting tool that solves the key problems of impact reporting experienced by businesses. The IP&L quantifies impact, by expressing various economic, environmental and social impacts in one metric. It consolidates the impact of business activities and units to the company level. Finally, many businesses are transitioning to an integrated annual report. However, just like an annual report without a P&L would not be very meaningful, what is the value of an Integrated Report without an Integrated P&L?

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Living Wage and Living Income

Eradicating poverty is a key challenge for the global economy and making sure that those who work are lifted out of poverty is an essential element. Businesses are increasingly discovering their responsibility to ensure that workers in their own operations and throughout their value chain earn a living wage. However, it is a major challenge to know the living wage gaps throughout the supply chain and improving wages in a way that makes sense economically. Impact Institute offers businesses with the strategies, tools, and data to measure and improve their living wage performance in the most efficient and profitable manner.

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Carbon Emissions & Natural Capital

Managing the carbon footprint is critical for a successful company. Given the broadly recognized need to mitigate climate change, businesses both fulfill their societal responsibility and mitigate the risks of reputational damage, higher COGS and higher interest rates as a result of climate action by governments and consumers. Low-carbon products also offer business opportunities. The Impact Institute offers businesses with the strategies, tools, and data to measure and reduce their carbon footprint in the most efficient and profitable manner.

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All countries worldwide have adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as the agenda for sustainability. Businesses are crucial to realize the SDGs and many businesses also want to contribute. Since the goals are on a global level and reporting is done at the national level, it is not exactly clear how businesses can meaningfully contribute beyond reclassifying current activities however. Our SDG solutions help businesses integrate the SDGs in their sustainability activities and measure their contribution and progress to the SDGs.

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Development of Standards

Together with our partners, we work on developing a unified language for measuring impact by use of open source standards, for impact measurement and valuation. These standards are developed in an inclusive and scientific manner. To ensure that these standards are used effectively, we offer trainings and courses based on these standards.

If organizations see a need for the development of a standard on impact measurement on a specific domain, we happily work together on realizing this.

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Impact Measurement and Management

Measuring and managing the impact a business has on society is becoming a new business function. Hence, this requires new strategies, policies, data, and competences. The Impact Institute offers businesses strategies, tools, and data to build up this business function. It is important is to recognize that this is a journey, where each business has a different start and end point.

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Value Creation

Perhaps the most important challenge for businesses in this century is how they can create value for both their shareholder and society. We offer strategic and data-driven solutions to this challenge that enable businesses to simultaneously manage their long-term shareholder value and their impact on society. Our value creation tool allows businesses to measure the value they create for society and the long-term value they create for shareholders. For the latter, it is key.

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Human Rights     

Ensuring that Human Rights are respected by businesses and their value chains has become an important goal. Since the United Nations and the OECD have specified that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights. For global companies, it is a major challenge to know whether human rights are violated in a material way and how they can be improved and remediated given their complexity of the economic, social and cultural context. Our Human Rights solutions provide an objective, data-driven approach to measure adherence to human rights, and to identify the key risks and opportunities.

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Investment Management

Financial institutions struggle with managing the impact of their investments and investment portfolios. Existing solutions often are qualitative, good data is hard to come by, and quantitative indicators are often incomplete and not additive. We provide solutions to quantify and monetize impact, using estimation models to estimate missing data and using attribution and valuation techniques that enable the consolidation of the impact of investees on the portfolio level.

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Natural Capital

Businesses are increasingly discovering the relevance to manage their impact and dependency on Natural Capital.  Hence, this requires new strategies, policies, data, and competences. The Impact Institute offers businesses with the strategies, tools and data to do so. An important point of departure is the Natural Capital Protocol, which the Impact Institute co-developed

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Social & Cultural and Human Capital Impact

Organizations depend on and impact the social, cultural and human capital of society. Social capital refers to the relations, trust, and norms in society. Cultural capital is traditions, languages, artifacts, events, heritage, and rituals. Human capital refers to the mental and physical state of individuals. Organizations have a vast interest to understand how their activities affect these capitals. At the same time, they are often considered intangible and hard to measure and quantify. Impact Institute provides the methods, tools, and data to help organizations with measuring and valuing social, cultural and human capital. This varies from looking at the impact of the sharing economy on neighborhoods, of art on visitors or employment of people with a distance to the labor market.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Policy makers and organizations operating in the policy realm use cost-benefit analysis to assess the societal merits of policies. The Impact Institute combines national and international (governmental) guidelines with the most recent insights in economics to help organizations with cost-benefit analyses. Unique to our approach is that it transcends the traditional approach of just looking at market prices and calculates welfare impact, by also including estimates of policy outcomes on well-being.

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Market Design

Meeting sustainability outcomes often means transforming conventional social and economic systems. For example, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, value chains of companies need to change to accommodate the reduction of carbon emissions. The Impact Institute has a proven track record of designing, measuring and implementing solutions to accommodate these transformations.

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Impact Investing

A growing number of investors deliberately aim at creating maximum societal returns, in combination with financial returns. Key challenges they face are to operationalize the impact they strive for and measuring and reporting whether this is achieved. Impact Institute helps impact investors with the tools for a lean measurement system that is consistent and fit for aggregation, but also addresses the unique proposition of the investees.

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