The rationale for measuring progress through eco-efficiency
The purpose of this report is to encourage the use of the eco-efficiency concept
by proposing a common measurement framework that can guide all companies
regardless of their business or geographic base. It is intended to enable
company managers and external stakeholders to use eco-efficiency indicators as
a means of making and measuring progress toward economic and
The objective is not to develop one single approach to measuring and reporting
eco-efficiency, nor to develop a single measure of performance. Rather it is to
establish a general framework that is flexible enough to be widely used, broadly
accepted and easily interpreted by the full range of businesses. This is based on
a recognition that the specifics of defining, measuring, and communicating
eco-efficiency will necessarily vary from one business to another.
This framework has been tested in a pilot program involving 22 companies
worldwide from more than 10 industr y sectors over a period of 12 months.
Results from the pilot are summarized in the last chapter of this report.