A corporate footprint often serves as the foundation for many sustainability-related strategies. It provides the metrics to support sustainability management, much like a financial budget supports financial management.
With a corporate footprint, a business or organization can understand where the hotspots are across its value chain and identify the main drivers of its environmental impact.
A corporate footprint, based on life cycle assessment methodology, is a key step for metrics-based sustainability strategies.
Our experts have in-depth experience in delivering robust corporate footprints and LCAs for global organizations and events.
"Having the big picture of our total footprint – from farm to fork – validated the focus of our sustainability efforts."
Sustainability Director for Research, Development & Quality, Kraft Food
Measure, track, communicate with metrics
For many companies, most of the impact occurs outside of owned assets, often in the supply chain or during the use of products (think car manufacturers, for example).
A corporate footprint identifies the biggest opportunities for improvement and allows sustainability managers to build effective strategies according to the company’s footprint to make meaningful change.
If the goal is to reduce a footprint, a company needs to have a clear understanding of its baseline and then track progress going forward.
A corporate footprint puts credibility behind the communication.
Communication, based on a corporate footprint, can substantiate a new or existing sustainability program or initiative, inform investors of potential risks, and communicate progress toward your goals.
Corporate footprints also support goal setting, such as setting Science-Based Targets.
A multi-indicator approach
A corporate footprint measures the impact of your organization across the entire value chain. In the context of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and CDP, this would include Scope 1, Scope 2, and all of Scope 3.
At Quantis, a corporate footprint measures your carbon footprint, as well as complementary environmental indicators, such as water, land use and biodiversity, and resource consumption, to be as comprehensive as possible. It is even possible to assess social and economic indicators as well.