by Brianna Crandall — December 13, 2017 — NSF International, a global independent organization that works to protect the environment and human health, has launched new services to help companies measure their environmental impacts, identify potential risks, and capitalize on improvement opportunities. NSF International’s environmental services use evidence-based methods and quantifiable measures to help organizations navigate complex sustainability issues and determine cost-effective reduction strategies in the areas of energy, water, materials and land.
As investors, customers and regulating bodies continue to demand socially and environmentally responsible operations, companies are increasingly pressured to enhance their sustainability efforts. In a recent literature review by Arabesque Asset Management, Ltd., and the University of Oxford, 80 percent of cases showed a positive correlation between good sustainability practices and a company’s stock price performance.
Jenny Oorbeck, general manager of Sustainability Services at NSF International, stated:
More than ever, organizations are expected to take responsibility for their environmental impact and continually report their progress toward more sustainable operations. Our expert team of highly regarded professionals uses scientific rigor to help determine, manage and continually improve sustainability goals and initiatives. With our proven methodologies, we can help organizations set aggressive targets, develop strategies, and implement policies and programs that will make a lasting, positive impact on their operations and on the environment.
Through NSF International’s analysis of nearly 4,000 sustainability goals listed on Pivot Goals, results to date indicate the world’s largest companies have only achieved three to eight percent of climate, water, waste and land-use goals. Additionally, according to the CDP Climate Change Report from 2016, only 1.4 percent of more than 1,000 survey respondents issued science-based emission targets that were approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
NSF International’s environmental consulting services are designed to complement its existing responsible sourcing consulting services, and are focused on helping organizations meet and develop sustainability targets and strategies in the areas of energy, water, materials and land. Clients can choose to approach their sustainability efforts from four different pathways by focusing on products and processes, projects, facilities or supply chains.
For more information on NSF International and its environmental consulting services, please visit NSF’s Sustainability and the Environment page.
NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. With clients in more than 170 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.
NSF says its sustainability certification, testing and consulting services can lower risk, increase growth and reduce costs, while instilling marketplace and investor confidence. Services include safer chemistry, responsible sourcing for food and textiles, landfill-free, GHG management services, sustainable product certification and e-waste and forestry verifications.