The Handbook provides a pragmatic step by step guidance to explore and apply the social  metrics in your first case studies. It contains plenty of guidance in the data collection, hotspot identification, circular economy and impact assessment.

The Social Topic Report is the companion of the Handbook. It provides the definitions of 25 social topics, the reference scales and performance indicators. It is updated in April 2022; with more links to relevant standards and clarifications and examples. 

Our Core Partners are implementing the social metrics in their organisations supported by efficient procedures. The Implementation Guide shows how this can be done, based on the journeys our Core Partners are making currently.

The Methodology is based on the recognition that companies can not only impact social wellbeing, but are also dependent on it. The social topics are selected based on this understanding of mutual dependency between an organisation, its workers, the local communities, the small-scale entrepreneurs and of course their customers.

10437867258?profile=RESIZE_400xThe Social Topic Report contains the definitions, reference scales and performance indicators for all social topics for the four stakeholder groups. It also contains many links to important data sources for each topic.

In 2020 all social topics where reviewed and better linkages were made with international standards and guidelines. This also resulted in a new set-up of the reference scales with clear guidance on how you can develop from an unacceptable situation to the development of positive impact and therefore a contribution to shared value.

After using this new topic report on a number of case studies, we found some things needed clarification an some inconsistencies were found. At the same time, we wanted to keep the reference scales unchanged, so studies using the 2020 version, would be compatible with studies made with the 2022 version. The main clarifications and improvements in this version are:

  • Better definitions of the stakeholder categories, especially when is a worker a worker, and when can we consider it to be a small-scale entrepreneur? Similarly, when is someone a small-scale entrepreneur and when is someone to be regarded as a member of the local community.
  • Better description of the company responsibility when it is contracting small scale entrepreneurs or workers only a few month per year, for instance during harversting.
  • More guidance on dealing with overlaps between social topics
  • Better explanation of frequently used terms, such as: "management system", "policy, "scientific evidence" etc,
  • Better or better described definitions of topics

Download the report Here: Social Topics Report 2022.pdf

 The main changes and updates of the 2022 version have been presented in this webinar. The slides can be found here

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