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Sustainable Product Innovation by Dariush Rafinejad

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CHAPTER 11

SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS AND PRODUCT RATINGS

An increasing awareness of the need for sustainability in product design and operational practices has given rise to the creation of myriad standards and rating systems. These standards include methodologies for the consistent assessment of sustainability efforts and metrics for the characterization of the environmental and social impacts of products and enterprise operations. Some of these metrics are targeted to specific product types and industries, such as electronics products or textiles, while others measure the environmental and social footprint of an organization. In this chapter, a handful of these standards and metrics are reviewed. Although this coverage is not comprehensive, ...

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