Sustainability Scorecard Building Blocks

The Sustainability Scorecard is unique - it is easily built with established building blocks...and then its continued success is entirely in the hands of every employee!

The Sustainability Scorecard is unique - it is easily built with established building blocks...and then its continued success is entirely in the hands of every employee!

Design & Build

The first phase relies on two well established building blocks. The first building block is the Sustainability Framework of your choice - <IR>, GRI, UN-SDG, B-Corp, Future-Fit, etc.

This is unique in the scorecard world - in all other scorecards, most of our time is spent in helping organizations figure what are their objectives and how to measure them. In the sustainability world the goals are well established in your framework, and organizations like ours have researched the best measures to use.

The second building block is the established best-practices around measuring organization performance. Practices like the Balanced Scorecard, Six-Sigma, Lean, SASB, etc. provide this building block.

There are many cloud-based scorecard applications available to you. Your choice should be based on the unique functionality your scorecard requires.

Implementation

Implementation is about shifting how the organization measures, monitors and manages sustainability. Therefore change management is the third building block.

This is a big change-management challenge as the practices around measuring are deeply ingrained in the accounting, investing and assessing organizations.

There are multiple versions of the change-management building block. John Kotter, Stephen Covey, Robert Quin, etc. all have simple change management methodologies.

Sustaining

This is the really interesting and unique thing about sustainability scorecards...once they are implemented, their continued use and value-adding benefits are entirely due to the efforts of every employee in the organization...not management, not regulators, not investors. Every employee.

The Sustainability Scorecard allows every employee to clearly see the sustainability goals, understand their individual purpose, and their team and department's role. It allows them to track the progress they have contributed to, and share that with their friends and co-workers. It is this clear contribution to such an important issue that sustains the scorecard. (More on this in my next posting)

Brett Knowles

Brett Knowles is a thought leader in the Strategy Execution space for high-tech organizations. His client work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fortune, and many other business publications.

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