At the heart of your organization are your products. Your products may “be” your actual brand. More sustainable products go hand in hand with more sustainable operations, manufacturing, and supply chains. This seems like an easy connection to make, but it’s not easy to determine product sustainability. To gather all data needed to conduct lifecycle assessments for all products is a daunting task. Even if you could determine your most sustainable products, that doesn’t mean it’s always the most effective way to define your product sustainability. There are many other approaches that may be more effective, especially if you wish to keep sight of the whole picture. This is where we can be most helpful. We use our toolbox of best practices to help determine the most efficient and effective means to collect any data needed by your organization.
Sustainability and Product Efficiency
A strategic approach to raw materials and intermediate materials is a significant move towards a more sustainable product portfolio. We support you in developing your strategy for materials management and your strategy for more sustainable materials, including looking at sourcing countries, manufacturing processes and strategic intention (e.g. water scarcity, external or internal costs, ambition level, etc.).
To keep abreast of indexing and rating, or even life cycle assessments, at a product level can be quite challenging. A solution could be to segment products into different product portfolios, classified with respect to their environmental (and potentially social) performance. The criteria and levels of the product portfolio open the opportunity to develop a strategic approach to more sustainable products themselves.
Environmental Studies and Associated Services
The EU PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) Pilot and subsequent potential legislation will have a significant impact on most organizations and on all companies that sells products. We can help you develop impact studies to understand what the PEF legislation would mean to you. Product Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) are tools to calculate the environmental impact on products. LCAs can help you take decisions that minimize your environmental impact. We help you with your LCA studies.
It is well known that a significant portion of the environmental impact is decided already in the design phase. Designers are instrumental to the development of more sustainable products, but they need to get the right tools. We help you work with your designers to understand their process and the decisions they make that influence the environmental performance of your products. From there it’s possible to develop a sustainable design process, scoring and guidance materials for the designers.
Your benefits are for example reduced compliance risks, reduced environmental and labor risks, reduced costs, improved operational efficiency, decreased employee turnover, enhanced customer loyalty, additional revenue streams, increased brand value, improved competitive differentiation.
Sustainable Product Portfolios Consulting Services
- Strategic and Operative Materials Management
- Sustainable Materials
- Product Portfolio Management
- Strategic Product Management
- PEF (EU Product Environmental Footprint) Impact Studies
- Life Cycle Assessments