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Impact Assessment

The members of econsense are committed to sustainable development. An effective sustainability strategy requires a detailed understanding of how and to what extent an organization’s activities impact environment and society.  For sound management decision making and credible communication, detailed data on environmental and social impacts is required. Impacts can only be managed if they are measured and assessed.

At econsense, member companies exchange knowledge on the implementation of environmental and social impact assessment and discuss the applicability of existing approaches and methods.

The guide "Assessing Environmental and Social Impacts" provides an orientation to navigate through the landscape of assessment methods and tools and to ask the right questions prior to and during an impact assessment exercise. The guide provides some basic definitions and discusses common motivations and goals for conducting an impact assessment. Commonly used frameworks and methods are introduced and linked to those environmental and social aspects they can cover. Corresponding fact sheets (see document "Fact Sheets - Frameworks, Methods, and Tools") provide details on the introduced frameworks, methods, and tools.


Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business e.V.

econsense is an association of leading, globally active companies and organisations of German business specializing in the area of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Founded in 2000 on the initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the goal of econsense is to provide a dialogue platform and think tank, with the dual objectives of advancing sustainable development in business and assuming social responsibility.