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NSF Offers Science for Sustainability Strategies
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ANN ARBOR, MI -- NSF International, an independent organization that works to protect the environment and human health, has launched new services to help companies measure their environmental impacts, identify potential risks and capitalize on improvement opportunities.

NSF International's environmental services use evidence-based methods and quantifiable measures to help organizations navigate complex sustainability issues and determine cost-effective reduction strategies in the areas of energy, water, materials and land. 

NSF International’s three-step process for engaging with clients to develop customized sustainability targets and strategies.

As investors, customers and regulating bodies continue to demand socially and environmentally responsible operations, companies are increasingly pressured to enhance their sustainability efforts. In a recent literature review by Arabesque Asset Management, Ltd. and the University of Oxford, 80 percent of cases showed a positive correlation between good sustainability practices and a company's stock price performance.

"More than ever, organizations are expected to take responsibility for their environmental impact and continually report their progress toward more sustainable operations," said Jenny Oorbeck, General Manager of Sustainability Services at NSF International. "Our expert team of highly regarded professionals uses scientific rigor to help determine, manage and continually improve sustainability goals and initiatives. With our proven methodologies, we can help organizations set aggressive targets, develop strategies, and implement policies and programs that will make a lasting, positive impact on their operations and on the environment."

Through NSF International's analysis of nearly 4,000 sustainability goals listed on Pivot Goals, results to date indicate the world's largest companies have only achieved three to eight percent of climate, water, waste and land-use goals.

Additionally, according to the CDP Climate Change Report from 2016, only 1.4 percent of more than 1,000 survey respondents issued science-based emission targets that were approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

NSF International's environmental consulting services are designed to complement its existing responsible sourcing consulting services, and are focused on helping organizations meet and develop sustainability targets and strategies in the areas of energy, water, materials and land. Clients can choose to approach their sustainability efforts from four different pathways by focusing on products and processes, projects, facilities or supply chains.

For more information on NSF International and its environmental consulting services, please visit NSF Sustainability or contact sustainability@nsf.org.  

NSF International (nsf.org) is an independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide, with clients in more than 170 countries.




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