A company may be interested in knowing how well they may perform when completing customer sustainability scorecard requests or the current level of conformance to certifications and/or standards that they want to pursue.  NYSP2I will assess the company’s current state according to the associated requirements and provide detailed direction regarding what needs to be accomplished in order to reach their goals. This may include being referred to the NYSP2I Direct Assistance program or identifying steps that the company can take to meet the standards on their own.  All information communicated in association with an assessment will be kept strictly confidential.

This baseline assessment questionnaire was developed for NYSP2I staff to assess an organization’s ability to respond to so-called “scorecards” and/or meet the sustainability requirements demanded by their customers and stakeholders. It’s been confirmed that organizations need help understanding how to answer to these demands and identifying means of improving their response status or conforming to these requirements. This tool should be used as a guide to help identify whether a company is prepared to fully report on their sustainability commitments and efforts or if they are able to conform to a particular standard or certification. 

This document is not meant to be used as a survey.  Rather, the questions contained in this tool are meant as discussion-starters and the answers provided by the company should not be simple one-word answers or a yes/no answer.  By having a discussion(s) with representatives of the company, holistic conclusions can be drawn as to the culture of the company and their current place along the “sustainability continuum”.  Additionally, representative sampling should be conducted by either interviewing various individuals on the same topic to understand consistency or by reviewing data sets to gain an understanding of what is being monitored and measured.

Background Development

The demand for “green suppliers” in the supply chain has created the opportunity for sustainable organizations to become preferred business partners to other organizations. Organizations that strategize, set targets, measure, monitor, and report their sustainability efforts will likely generate more revenue, retain and potentially create jobs, and reduce the risk of jeopardizing potential business.

Prior to assessing a company, staff should be familiar with the internationally accepted reporting requirements that are typically used by companies for sustainability reporting, such as the ones below.  This assessment inquires about various common components of internationally accepted sustainability requirements. Such entities used to develop this assessment include the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the International Standards Organization (ISO), the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (EICC), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the B Lab, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Resource Institute (WRI) Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) , the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), governmental procurement standards (NYS EO4, US Federal Green Procurement Guide), and various sector leaders.