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FRP: a tool for measuring and improving facility sustainability performance

National Environmental Partnership Summit

May 9, 2006

Beth Ginsberg, Ceres

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  • Ceres and the Facility Reporting Project (FRP)

  • Overview of FRP Sustainability Reporting Guidance

  • Facility Reporting Pilot Test

  • Partnerships with Government Agencies

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What is Ceres?

  • U.S. coalitionof influential environmental NGOs, labor, and investors (85 organizations)

  • A network of more than 70 corporations that have endorsed the Ceres Principles

  • The oldest (1989) and most trusted environmental code of conduct in U.S.

  • The convenor, with UNEP, of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

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American Airlines


Bank of America

Baxter International

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade


Consolidated Edison

Ford Motor Company

Selected Ceres Companies

  • General Motors

  • Interface

  • ITT Industries

  • Nike

  • Northeast Utilities

  • Saunders Hotel Group

  • Sunoco

  • YSI, Inc.

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Citizens Funds

Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office

Domini Social Investments

Environmental Defense

Friends of the Earth

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

Ceres Coalition(selected members)

  • ISIS Asset Management

  • New York City Employee Retirement System

  • Sierra Club

  • Social Investment Forum

  • SustainAbility

  • Trillium Asset Management

  • Walden Asset Management

  • World Wildlife Fund U.S.

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Ceres provides companies

  • Stakeholder feedback on environmental & sustainability reporting

  • Dialogues with key stakeholders on leading-edge sustainability issues

  • Recognition for leadership (Reporting Awards, Other communications)

  • Annual Conference –Education/ networking

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Global Reporting Initiative

  • a multi-stakeholder process and independent institution

  • Sustainability Reporting Guidelines for voluntary reporting on the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of activities, products

  • 800+ companies reporting worldwide

  • GRI “G3” guidelines just released- refined indicators, reporting process and more tools, electronic report format

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Why standardize reporting?

Companies receive diverse information requests

Stakeholders receive incomplete information

A generally-accepted reporting framework developed through a multi-stakeholder process

Source: GRI

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What is the Facility Reporting Project (FRP)?

The FRP is multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a generally-accepted, consistent, comparable and credible sustainabilityreporting framework.

The FRP’s main product is a standardized guidance for companies and other organizations to report on the environmental and social performance of manufacturing and other facilities.

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FRP Supports:

  • Public reporting and public trust

  • Performance-focused regulatory & voluntary approaches, including:

    • Performance Track programs

    • Environmental management systems

  • Facility awareness of external effects

  • Compatibility with Global Reporting Initiative

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    How FRP Came About- Growing Sense of Need in Many Places

    • Discussions at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) meetings about need for facility-level metrics

    • Multi State Working Group indicated need for credible and comparable facility-level performance metrics linked to EMS

    • Performance Track programs (federal and state) seeing need

    • Tellus and Ceres pursue funding

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    Why Report at the Facility Level?

    • Current public information on facility performance is fragmented, out of context

    • Need integration of data and “story”

    • Workers, communities, regulators, citizens seek accountability

    • Opportunity for more comprehensive reporting and community engagement

    • Opportunity for learning, performance and

      productivity gains

    • Interest in corporate benchmarking and best practices

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    FRP Guidance designed to be:

    • Voluntary

    • Initially US-focused

    • Compatible with GRI

    • Useful to public, private sector & govt.

    • Legitimized by multi-stakeholder formulation and feedback

    • Informed by best current knowledge and practice

    • A dynamic product that improves and evolves with experience

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    6 key parts of the FRP Reporting Guidance

    • Reporting principles

    • How to prepare a report

    • Facility overview

    • Economic indicators

    • Environmental indicators

    • Social indicators

    Contents of the Facility Report

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    Facility Overview

    • Facility Profile

    • Report Scope

    • Facility Organizational Context

    • Include stakeholders and how engaged

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    Environmental Indicators

    • Materials

    • Energy

    • Water

    • Biodiversity/Land Use

    • Emissions, effluents, and waste

    • Transport

    • Community Impacts of odor, noise, dust, traffic, lighting, vibration

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    Economic Indicators

    Describe and quantify:

    • Customers

    • Suppliers

    • Employees

      • Payroll & Benefits

    • Providers of capital

    • Public sector

      • Subsidies, Taxes, Community donations

    • Infrastructure investments

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    Social Indicators

    • Labor practices and decent work

    • Human rights

    • Society

    • Product responsibility

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    FRP Pilot Test Activities

    • Suggested sustainability indicatorsfor reporting environmental, social and economic performance;

    • Guidanceto assist in the reporting process;

    • Complementary tools to aid stakeholder engagement and identification of performance indicators

    • Online resources for case studies and examples of data presentation

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    Current FRP Participants

    EPA working group

    • La-Z-Boy Utah

    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    • Infineon Technologies

    • Lockheed Martin

    • Louisiana Pacific

    • Delta Faucet

    Initial working group

    • Ford Motor Company

    • Timberland

    • Rockwell Collins

    • YSI, Inc.

    • New Hampshire Ball Bearings

    • Northside Foods

    • Harwood Products

    • Louisville & Jefferson MSD

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    FRP Pilot Test Timeline

    • Spring 2005: Launch at Ceres conference in Boston

    • Summer 2005: Pilot startup and group conference calls

    • Summer/ Fall 2005: Trainings at individual facilities, more company recruitment. 1st facility report published

    • Fall/ Winter 2006: Facilities collect data, engage stakeholders, draft reports; New state and government agency partnerships bring additional facilities on board

    • Spring/ Summer 2006: Reports begin to be published

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    Pilot Test Participation Benefits

    • Preparatory workshop, peer conference calls and support, website

    • On-site technical and reporting assistance

    • Assistance with stakeholder strategy, community and employee engagement

    • Access to best practices in facility accountability

    • Publicity for commitment and effort

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    Government partnerships

    • FRP can support performance-focused regulatory and voluntary programs

    • Can help government agencies looking to move corporate partners forward on sustainability

    • Current support from:

      • EPA National Center for Environmental Innovation (NCEI)

      • Washington Department of Ecology

      • Georgia P2AD program

    Looking for additional agency partners!

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    EPA Supports FRP Pilot Test

    • EPA funds to support 7 Performance Track facilities piloting the environmental component of the FRP Guidance

    • Facilities will receive no-cost technical assistance to create comprehensive facility-level environmental reports

    • EPA will use lessons to explore relationship between environmental data collection, reporting, and performance improvement

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    Washington Ecology utilizes FRP metrics

    Fall 2005: Launch of partnership with State of Washington Department of Ecology

    • Ecology putting together benchmark analysis of pulp and paper mills’ environmental impacts

    • Exploring opportunities to incorporate facility-level reporting and stakeholder engagement in future public engagement efforts.

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    Georgia p2ad partnership

    Launch of partnership with State of Georgia P2AD program at MSWG meeting in September 2005

    • P2AD interested in convening regionally-focused pilot test working group

    • Multi-stakeholder process

    • Possible integration of facility-level reporting and accompanying metrics into performance-based program based on external feedback

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    Questions & discussion

    • About pilot test opportunities?

    • About state and other government partnerships?

      Contact Beth Ginsberg at Ceres to join:

      617-247-0700 x21 or [email protected]

      For more information about the Facility Reporting Project visit: www

      Thank you!

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