Through the Center's work, we will also analyze national and international corporate sustainability trends. From this, we will generate an overview of reporting schemes that currently exist for firms. We will focus on how these reporting schemes are different in their application. Specifically, how information is verified, if industry sectors use them in different ways and if the information is relevant to financial sectors.

Below is a list of the standards we have examined, as well as links to their respective reports, we hope to catalogue and analyze in the coming months:

Product Standards

United States

FTC Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims

SEC Interpretive Guidance on Disclosure Related to Business or Legal Developments Regarding Climate Change

United Kingdom

Integrated Product Policy Building on Environmental Life-Cycle Thinking

Communication on the Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan

The EU Ecolabel

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products


ISO Environmental Standards
ISO/TR 246999-Rubber and Rubber Products Environmental Aspects
ISO 14024 Environmental Labels and Declarations, Type I Environmental Labeling
ISO 14020 Environmental Labels and Declarations, Self-Declared Environmental Claims, Type II Environmental Labeling
ISO 14040, 14044-Environmental Management, Life-Cycle Assessment, Principles and Framework
ISO 14048-Environmental Management, Life-Cycle Assessment, Data Documentation Format

UL Environment, Environmental Product Declarations

UL Environment, Evironmental Claims Validation

UL Environment, Sustainable Product Certification

Firm Standards

UL Environmental, Organizational Sustainability Rating and Certification

Global Reporting Initiative, Sustainable Reporting Guidelines

Global Reporting Initiative, Boundary Protocol

Carbon Disclosure Project, Corporate Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative

ISO Environmental Standards
ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems, Requirements with Guidance for use
ISO 14005 Environmental Management Systems, Guidelines for the Phased Implementation of an Environmental Management System, Including the use of Environmental Performance Evalution
ISO 14031 Environmental Management, Environmental Performance Evaluation Guidelines
ISO 14040, 14044-Environmental Management, Life-Cycle Assessment, Principles and Framework
ISO 19011 Guidelines for Quality or Environmental Management Systems Auditing