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chapter 3

gathering

information

Using the right indicators

Only a small number of indicators fit the three criteria necessar y for them to

be generally applicable to all companies: concerned with a global business

value or environmental issue, relevant to virtually all businesses and having

an agreed measurement method and definition. While there are many issues

and associated indicators, most fail to meet at least one of these three criteria.

This is actually helpful in assessing companies’ eco-efficiency , especially in

external reporting, because a proliferation of measures would make it difficult

for reports to be clear and understandable. A small core of common

indicators, on the other hand, will help learning and comparability across

time, sectors and industries. At the same time, individual companies will

develop a fuller description of their performance by adding a number of

business specific indicators.

This chapter describes the generally applicable indicators, with explanations

of what should be included and excluded. The table details all the indicators

identified, with measurement references and the sour ces of data which

companies could use to gather the information.

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