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chapter 1

setting

the scene

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

environmental sustainability.

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.

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