A range of apps and online tools that are free and useful for outdoor businesses
The OC-SAT is an LCA-based framework for assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts of organic cotton agriculture. It shows how farmers are successfully diversifying their crops, organising their farming communities and supporting female farmers. It also reveals the challenges that farmers face including pricing and payment, climate change, and lack of access to non-genetically modified seed.
Access the online tool via the following link: http://farmhub.textileexchange.org/learning-zone/organic-cotton-sustainability-assessment-tool.
The Water Risk Monetizer provides actionable information to help businesses understand and quantify water-related risks in financial terms to inform decisions that enable growth and enhance the vitality of communities.
Access the online tool via the following link: http://waterriskmonetizer.com.
GoMarketWise is an online sustainability matchmaking service, which compares your business' requirements against the software vendors in the market. It's a great way to make sure you're looking at the right options when it comes to the crowded world of CSR, EHS and sustainability software.
Access the online tool via the following link: http://www.gomarketwise.com.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) regularly updates the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, travel goods, home textiles, and other fashion accessories.
This RSL summarises substances that are legally restricted in any of the major production or consumption markets.
The RSL can be filtered, searched, and sorted by categories such as chemical name, CAS number, country, regulation, or any other identifying factor.
The FWF Wage Ladder is an easy-to-use online tool that allows the wages paid at any factory to be compared against a range of wage benchmarks. The Wage Ladder generates a clear, easily understandable graphic that shows where a factory’s wages fall short in comparison to these benchmarks. Brands, suppliers and workers’ representatives can see how current wages compare to living wage estimates – and can begin negotiations on how to make improvements, moving wages ‘up the ladder’ in regular steps.
In November 2014, the Fair Wear Foundation launched the second generation of the wage ladder tool.