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The role of local level reporting in environmental decision-making. State- EPA Innovation Symposium January 24, 2006 Beth Ginsberg, Ceres Topics. Ceres and the Facility Reporting Project (FRP) Overview of FRP Sustainability Reporting Guidance

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the role of local level reporting in environmental decision making

The role of local level reporting in environmental decision-making

State- EPA Innovation Symposium

January 24, 2006

Beth Ginsberg, Ceres

  • Ceres and the Facility Reporting Project (FRP)
  • Overview of FRP Sustainability Reporting Guidance
  • Facility Reporting Pilot Test
  • Partnerships with Government Agencies
what is ceres
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)

selected ceres companies
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.
ceres coalition selected members

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.
ceres provides companies
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
why standardize reporting
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

global reporting initiative
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
  • 700+ companies reporting worldwide
  • GRI “G3” guidelines just released- refined indicators, reporting process and more tools, electronic report format
what is the frp
What is the FRP?

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

FRP supports:

1. Public reporting and public trust

2. Performance-focused regulatory & voluntary approaches, including:

  • Performance Track programs
  • Performance covenants
  • Environmental management systems

3. Facility awareness of external effects

4. Compatibility with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

how frp came about growing sense of need in many places
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
why report at the facility level
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
frp guidance designed to be
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
6 key parts of the frp reporting guidance
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

facility overview
Facility Overview
  • Facility Profile
  • Report Scope
  • Facility Organizational Context
  • Include stakeholders and how engaged
environmental indicators
Environmental Indicators
  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Biodiversity/Land Use
  • Emissions, effluents, and waste
  • Transport
  • Community Impacts of odor, noise, dust, traffic, lighting, vibration
economic indicators
Economic Indicators
  • Describe and quantify:
    • Customers
    • Suppliers
    • Employees
      • Payroll & Benefits
    • Providers of capital
    • Public sector
      • Subsidies, Taxes, Community donations
    • Infrastructure investments
social indicators
Social Indicators
  • Labor practices and decent work
  • Human rights
  • Society
  • Product responsibility
frp pilot test activities
FRP Pilot Test Activities
  • Suggested sustainability indicators for reporting environmental, social and economic performance;
  • FRP Guidance to assist in the reporting process;
  • Complementary tools to aid stakeholder engagement and identification of performance indicators
current participants
Current Participants:
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Timberland
  • Rockwell Collins
  • YSI, Inc.
  • New Hampshire Ball Bearings
  • Northside Foods
  • Harwood Products
  • Louisville & Jefferson MSD

Now recruiting additional facilities!

frp pilot test timeline
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
pilot test participation benefits
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
government partnerships
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 government partners!

epa supports frp pilot test
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
washington ecology utilizes frp metrics
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.
georgia p2ad partnership
Georgia p2ad partnership

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

  • P2AD will run regionally-focused pilot test working group
  • Possible integration of facility-level reporting and accompanying metrics into performance-based program based on external feedback
questions discussion
Questions & discussion
  • About pilot test opportunities?
  • About state and other government partnerships?

Contact Beth Ginsberg at Ceres to join:

617-247-0700 x21 or

For more information about the Facility Reporting Project visit: www

Thank you!