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What is impact and how do you measure it?

Impact is a change in human well-being due to a positive or negative outcome for people or the planet driven by the activity of an enterprise. Understanding how to effectively measure impact is critical to addressing the social and environmental challenges confronted by corporations, governments, investors and society in today’s world. Presented in the form of economic value, quantifiable volumes and qualitative ranks, our impact measurement enables stakeholders to identify, measure, value and manage their material risks and make informed choices. 

Our impact assessment approach expresses impacts as changes to one of four well-established capital classes: 

  • Natural

  • Human

  • Social 

  • Financial

Impact measurement captures relative changes (positive and negative) in stakeholder well-being, which are attributable to material activities, functions, policies and processes along the business value chain, regulatory domain and social intervention.

Who can measure impacts?

Our impact assessment solutions help investors and companies measure, value and benchmark impacts of business externalities across all four capitals: Natural, Human, Social and Financial. Presented in the form of economic value, quantifiable volumes and qualitative ranks, our impact measurement enables investors and companies to manage their material risks and make informed decisions.

For Corporates: Our core analytics engine, I360X (TM) (Beta), has been built upon over 30 person-years of research & data analytics, algorithms and methodologies that are derived from globally accepted and used methods, techniques and data bases. Our solutions have been peer reviewed by leaders in the field and implemented by clients world-wide.

For Investors: Alongside our extensive databases, the GIST Impact Intensity Dashboard (GIID) provides a database assessment of listed companies by utilising cognitive search engines to source publicly disclosed information, helping investors and ESG professionals to quantify the positive and negative impacts in their portfolios.


BENEFITS OF IMPACT MEASUREMENT

 

Corporates

Four capitals impact assessment enables corporates to identify and measure the impacts of material non-financial risks to their business operations and value chain. This enables companies to be ‘future-ready’ in a VUCA world.
e.g. setting carbon price in anticipation of evolving regulatory risks.


Impact measurement allows corporates to:
Measure performance across key environmental indicators on an on-going basis.
Identify material non-financial risks for relevant industries.
Measure & size the cost of non-financial risks to their operations & value chain.
Establish business sustainability by mitigating negative risks via investments in technology / reliable value chain partners.
Strengthen its ‘social license’ by demonstrating value creation to society and stakeholders.

 
 

Investors & Banks

Four capitals impact assessment enables investors and banks to identify and measure the impacts of material non-financial risks to their investments in a manner which is free of subjective-bias (non-scientific ranking) and one which provides cross-comparability across and benchmarks within sectors.

Impact measurement allows investors and banks to:
Identify material non-financial risks for relevant industries
Measure and size the cost of non-financial risks to their investments
Develop robust metrics and practices for investments – e.g., differential lending rates based on sustainability / ESG performance

 
 

Policy Makers & Regulators

Four capitals impact assessment enables regulators to extend their focus beyond guidelines for only financial disclosure to include measurement of the impacts of material non-financial risks. This is vital for ensuring that the industry is able to mitigate high non-financial risk, which can lead to disruption of business activities and impact investors.

Impact measurement enables regulators to:
Demonstrate the impact of policies on direct and indirect beneficiary wellbeing
Identify material non-financial risks for relevant industries
Enable policymakers to define key objectives and set targets for public policy

 

 

IPL is a performance and management framework that helps managers to design appropriate responses to global and local business threats, drive sustainable growth and deliver measurable value to stakeholders.

Measuring externalities along multi-capital components provides companies with holistic evaluation of corporate performance and helps drive sustainable business growth for both business and society via:

  •   Developing strategies to decouple business growth from environmental damages
  •   Quantification of impacts of company policies and business models on stakeholder communities
  •   Measuring returns on investment (RoI) for investments made in technology, employee training and corporate social responsibility (CSR)

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Who we are

We are a 15-year old international Sustainability Analytics, Solutions and Insights firm with Head Quarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Research facility in Mumbai, Technology Partner in San Diego and collaborators worldwidedemo

We are a Globally recognized leader in sustainability metrics, analytics and insights. Our clients span across corporations, financial institutions, Non-profits, governments, academic institutions, think-tanks, Industry associations and other types of organizations.demo

We work at the intersection of Sustainability, Big Data Analytics, & Intelligent Computing. Our core analytics engine i360X is based upon over 30 person-years of research & data analytics, algorithms and methodologies that are derived from globally accepted and used methods, techniques and data bases. Our solutions have been peer reviewed by leaders in the field and implemented by clients world-wide.

OUR WORK

Below we have listed some of our prime partners:

 

Sveaskog

Sveaskog is Sweden's largest forest owner and sells saw-logs, pulpwood and biofuel. Sveaskog also works with land transactions and develops the forest as a venue for hunting, fishing and other nature-based experience. GIST Advisory has worked with Sveaskog to help prepare its first Integrated Profit & Loss (IP&L) report in 2018 and demonstrate the company’s contribution to Swedish society.

 

Conservation Wildlands Trust

Part of the Ashok Piramal Group, Conservation Wildlands Trust (CWT) is an initiative to promote community-based wildlife conservation in India. GIST Advisory works with CWT to measure the total economic value creation for beneficiaries and social return on investment (SROI) as result of its community health and skill training programs in the Pench Tiger Reserve area, in India.

 

AMATA

AMATA is a Brazilian forestry company that serves as a bridge between the forest and the consumer market, offering certified wood that is produced with social responsibility and guaranteed origin. GIST Advisory has worked with AMATA to help prepare its first Integrated Profit & Loss (IP&L) report in 2015.

 

AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is the leading paint and performance coatings manufacturer globally. GIST Advisory has worked with AkzoNobel to help prepare its first Integrated Profit & Loss (IP&L) report in 2014 for its Pulp and Performance Chemicals business in Brazil.