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Performance: Products and Services

Companies will design and deliver products and services that are aligned with sustainability goals by innovating business models, allocating R&D spend, designing for sustainability, communicating the impacts of products and services, reviewing marketing practices and advancing strategic collaborations.

CERES ROADMAP VISION

Companies will design and deliver products and services that are aligned with sustainability goals by innovating business models, allocating R&D spend, designing for sustainability, communicating the impacts of products and services, reviewing marketing practices and advancing strategic collaborations.

Products and services can either add to our mounting sustainability challenges, or be part of the solution. Innovative companies are transforming business models to create products and services that minimize adverse social and environmental impacts and, in many cases, have positive sustainability impacts. Such innovation is a response to increasing awareness of the severity of sustainability threats to the global economy and growing consumer demand for products and services that are produced and consumed in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Sustainable product design means thinking in new, non-traditional ways, re-imagining and re-tooling business models and product and service design. This includes examining design and manufacturing processes to reduce natural resource consumption and waste and to minimize end-of-product-life impacts on the environment by, for example, making products that are completely recyclable.

For this Roadmap expectation we examined how companies are “Designing for Sustainability” across their products and services. To do this each industry group was evaluated based on a unique set of sector-specific metrics. More details on specific indicators used can be found in the Methodology.