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Sector-specific resources

Carpet manufacturing

National Agreement on Carpet Recycling - A voluntary agreement signed by the US federal government, eight state governments and the carpet industry at the beginning of 2002, designed to cut the amount of discarded carpet sent to landfill.

Cement manufacturing

Towards a Sustainable Cement Industry - A two-year investigation led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, designed to identify ways in which the cement industry can become more sustainable.


The European Chlor-Alkali Industry: On the Move Towards Sustainable Development - Statement issued in January 2002 by Eurochlor, the European chlorine industry association, exploring the challenge of sustainable development in the chlorine industry.

The Chemical Strategies Partnership - a non-profit organization based in California which seeks to reduce chemical use, waste, risks and costs, 'by redefining the way chemicals are used and sold'.

Computer manufacturing

The Clean Computer Campaign - Website hosted by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, highlighting the health and environmental impacts of computer manufacturing and disposal.


Constructing Excellence's environmental performance indicators - A set of EPIs designed to promote sustainable designs and practices in the construction industry, launched in 2001 by the UK 'Movement for Innovation' sustainability working group.

The Construction Industry Environmental Forum - Part of the UK-based CIRIA, a research association promoting better performance in the construction industry.

Consulting and professional services

Selling Sustainable Success: A Guide to Corporate Responsibility for Consulting and Professional Services Firms - A report by the International Business Leaders Forum, published at the end of 2001.

Detergent manufacturing

The AISE Code of Good Environmental Practice - Green guidelines for the detergent industry drawn up by the Association Internationale de la Savonnerie, to which nearly 200 companies in almost 20 countries have added their names.


State of the Campus Environment: A National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability - A survey of college campuses in the US, undertaken by the National Wildlife Federation, designed to highlight sustainable best practice in the education sector.

Energy Smart Schools - An on-line resource provided by the US Department of Energy, including teaching aids and building design guidelines.

Electricity generation

Sustainability in the Electricity Utility Industry - a study led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, designed to show how electricity demand can be met in a sustainable manner.

Food and drink

Food for thought: corporate social responsibility for food and beverage manufacturers - a 16-page report published in April 2002 by the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum, outlining the areas in which socially responsible food and drink companies need to focus their attention.

Global chocolate industry plan to combat abusive child labour - a memorandum of co-operation signed by chocolate manufacturers and human rights groups in May 2002, designed to eliminate forced child labour in countries like Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Forestry, paper and printing

The Greening of Print - a comprehensive study of 1,200 buyers, specifiers and producers in the printing industry, designed to shed light on 'beyond compliance' sustainability initiatives.

The P.A.P.E.R. Project (Printing Alternatives Promoting Environmental Responsibility) - An initiative launched by Conservatree, Co-op America and the Independent Press Association to help publishers identify sources of paper that cause less pollution and contain more recycled content.

Sustainable Forest Industry - An ongoing project by the Sustainable Forest Industry working group, based on an earlier study commissioned by the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED).


Healthcare Environet - Internet portal provided by the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention. Includes legislation, management tools, case studies and useful links.

Leather manufacturing

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Leather Panel - An expert group that meets regularly to discuss environment, health and safety developments within the leather industry.

Logistics and transportation

Logistics and Transportation Companies - Expectations and Opportunities at the Leading Edge of Corporate Social Responsibility - A research paper presented by Robert Davies, CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum, at the Governors' Meeting for Logistics and Transportation, held  in New York, February 2002.


Good News & Bad: The Media, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development A review by the business consultancy SustainAbility of the role played by the media in sustainable development, both as corporations in their own right and in their role as public educators.

Mining and minerals

The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development (MMSD) project - a two-year study commissioned by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to identify actions that mining and minerals companies can take to help deliver a shoft towards sustainable development.


The Telecommunications Sector and Corporate Social Responsibility - Discussion paper and management model by the International Business Leaders Forum.


International Year of Ecotourism 2002 and The World Ecotourism Summit, May 19-22, Quebec - The United Nations has declared 2002 the International Year of Ecotourism. A major conference in Canada has been jointly planned by the Canadian Tourism Commission and Tourisme Québec, with support from the United Nations Environment program (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization.

Worlds Apart - A Call to Responsible Global Tourism - A report by Tearfund published in January 2002 by Tearfund, a UK development agency, setting out recommendations for the tourism industry.


Sustainable Mobility - A project managed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, intended to create a vision of transportation (of both people and goods) that addresses concerns about impacts on communities and the environment.

The UK Sustainable Cities and Aviation Network (SCAN-UK) - A network of experts based at Manchester Metropolitan University, created to host discussions on a wide range of environmental and social impacts associated with airports and air travel.

Waste management

Green Alliance Waste Indicators Project - A set of sustainability indicators developed for the UK waste industry, endorsed by industry associations and launched in November 2001.

Multi-sector work

Business & Human Rights: A Geography of Corporate Risk - A series of seven world maps, each for a particular industrial sector, highlighting areas where human rights violations are widespread. Launched by Amnesty International and the International Business Leaders Forum in February 2002.

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