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Shift Sustainability Guides are 'one-pager' guides to implementing business sustainability. From inclusive jobs descriptions to writing your environmental mission, Shift Guides give you the key information to get moving with improving your social and environmental impact.  

 

We regularly release new guides which are stacked with the definitions, step-by-step plans and external resources that make actioning new sustainable business practises a piece of cake.

Shift Guide: How to Write an Inclusive Job Description 

Every growing business will come to the point where they have to write job descriptions. We've written this guide to ensure you attract a diverse rage of applicants when hiring and positively express your commitment to a diverse workforce.

Shift Guide: Greenwashing

A look at the greenwashing traps that companies tend to fall for and how to steer clear of them. Use this guide to spot the greenwash potentially present in your organisation's marketing materials and avoid greenwash cases that the XR-generation will undoubtedly call you out on!

Shift Guide: Materiality

Assessing what is material (important) to your company's success is perhaps the most effective first step one can take towards strong sustainability reporting. Though a bit fiddly at first, a materiality assessment provides a platform to begin thinking analytically about the social and environmental dimensions of your business and, when complete, will simplify almost all other reporting tasks down the line. 

Shift Guide - Impact Reporting Series: (1) Describing social and environmental programs and performance

This guide is all about describing some of the things your organisation does which has a positive impact on the workers, community, customers or environment. You don't have to mention every single thing your organisation has been involved in, just choose up to five of your favourite and describe them.

Shift Guide - Impact Reporting Series: (2) Social and environmental performance scorecards

What makes a scorecard a scorecard rather than a set of numbers, is that a scorecard shows the same numbers over time and tracks progress towards a goal, kind of like this in its simplest form. Now we know the main features of a scorecard, creating one for your impact report is a piece of cake.

Shift Guide - Impact Reporting Series: (3) Specific quantifiable social or environmental indicators or outcomes

This guide is all about backing up your claims of positive impact/ improvement with solid numbers. This is the single best antidote to greenwash so an absolute must for any impact conscious company.

Shift Guide - Impact Reporting Series: (4) Setting public targets and sharing progress to those targets

All good companies are transparent, because unless they’re transparent nobody can see whether or not they’re good (duh!). As a part of good impact reporting, organisations should get into the habit of designing your internal targets so that they are built to be shared and understood by your external stakeholders.

Shift Guide - Impact Reporting Series: (5) Impact Report Structure

This guide will check in to see if you have something that resembles an Impact Report and show you some of the best Impact Reports around - our 'North Stars'. Luckily, by completing this guide you will either have a neat, yearly impact report or at least have all of the content required to create a yearly formal report.

Supplier Code of Conduct

A guide to building a formal written Supplier Code of Conduct policy that specifically holds your company's suppliers accountable for social and environmental performance.

Shift Guide - Impact Reporting Series: (6) Reporting within a third party standard

By the end of this guide, we will make sure that the contents of your impact report follows a comprehensive third party standard. In this case, comprehensive means any reputable/well-known structure that is not internal to your company. Because you’re on the way to B Corp it makes sense to use the B Impact Assessment as your reporting structure.

Impact Reporting - The Complete Shift Guide Series

This is a complete set of six individual Shift Guides released through the month of March, celebrating B Corp month. Through this in-depth implementation tool, you will have all of the starting points, step-by-step guides and best practice examples imaginable for you to produce a complete, exciting and greenwash-free impact report. 

Impact Reporting - The Complete Shift Guide Series

This is a complete set of six individual Shift Guides released through the month of March, celebrating B Corp month. Through this in-depth implementation tool, you will have all of the starting points, step-by-step guides and best practice examples imaginable for you to produce a complete, exciting and greenwash-free impact report.