|Measuring Up - Toward a Common Framework for Tracking Corporate Environmental Performance (WRI, 1997, 48 pages)|
This report reflects the efforts of many people, both inside and outside of companies, who seek to improve the environmental performance of business. Without them there would be no report. We thank them for their contributions and wish them much success as they strive to make this a better world for us all. It also builds on an earlier paper, "Corporate Environmental Performance Indicators: Bridging Internal and External Information Needs," by Daryl Ditz and Janet Ranganathan presented at the 1996 Fenner Conference on the Environment, Tracking Progress: Linking Environment and Economy Through Indicators and Accounting Systems, in Sydney, Australia.
We are indebted to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for providing major funding for this work, and to the many colleagues and friends who freely gave of their time.
We appreciate the helpful and constructive comments we received on drafts of this manuscript from our external reviewers John Butler (U.S. Asian Environmental Partnership), Leslie Carothers (United Technologies Corporation), Jane Hutterly (S.C. Johnson Wax), LeRoy Paddock (Minnesota Attorney General's Office), Naomi Roht-Arriaza (University of California), and David Sarokin (U.S. EPA); and at WRI, Matt Arnold, Alan Brewster, Ellen Brown, Rob Day, Michelle Gottlieb, Al Hammond, Jonathan Lash, Walt Reid, Robert Repetto, Eric Rodenberg, and Donna Wise. We would especially like to thank Devra Davis for her smooth, no-nonsense management of the review process, and unwavering encouragement throughout. We also recognize our two colleagues in the WRI Technology Program, Darryl Banks and Fran Irwin, for their special help and support during the project.
A special thanks is also extended to others outside WRI, including Albert Adriaanse (Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning, and Environment), Michael Aucott and Melinda Dower (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection), Mark Brownlie (Nortel), Nimmi Damodaran (DynCorp), Lois Epstein (Environmental Defense Fund), Kevin Fletcher (AHC Group), Ruth Hillary (Imperial College, London), Catherine Miller (Hampshire Research Institute), Lisa Nichols (Commission for Environmental Cooperation), Terry Pritchett (General Motors), Nick Shufro (United Technologies), Kumar Ranganathan (World Bank), Alien White and Diana Zinkl (Tellus Institute).
Editorial production came from the wonderful WRI publications team, in particular Carollyne Hutter for her skillful editing and Hyacinth Billings and Maggie Powell for managing the production process and us. Finally, but by no means least, we would like to acknowledge Serene Jweied for her research and other assistance from beginning to end.
- D. D.
- J. R.