Qualitative, relevant and reliable information about the impact of your organization is an essential part of any successful CSR policy. However, for many organizations it is often a challenge to get this information clear and to measure their CSR impact. Because which data and information are relevant? How are we going to measure it? How do you ensure that measurements and calculations are reliable? And how do you translate measurement data into clear and insightful information?
At Empact, we help your organization measure and value social impact. We help you find and select the right sources and KPIs, collect reliable data, and provide insight into information through impact reports, visualizations and software solutions.
Why measure CSR impact?
Measuring is knowing. And knowing how you are actually doing in the field of CSR themes is crucial in the implementation of your CSR policy for various reasons. We list three good reasons:
- To map out opportunities and challenges and to develop a CSR strategy. By measuring your social and ecological impact, you know where you stand. You know what is going well, and what to keep doing. And you know what can be improved, and where profit can be made. This knowledge is indispensable when developing a sound strategy.
- To check the effectiveness of the chosen strategy and adjust if necessary. By measuring impact, you can also steer on this and therefore adjust immediately if necessary. That way you keep improving and you achieve maximum effect.
- To be able to communicate results achieved internally and externally. With measurement data you can substantiate why you as an organization are doing well and why you do what you do. In this way you convince stakeholders, investors and customers of the social value of what you do, and you motivate employees to (continue to) go for it.
Measuring environmental impact
At Empact, we support many companies and organizations in mapping their environmental impact. A well-known environmental impact calculation is, for example, the life cycle analysis (LCA). We look at the total impact of the entire life cycle of a product, i.e. from the extraction of raw materials, production and packaging to transport and the waste phase. Impact is often expressed in an LCA in CO2, but it is also possible to include, for example, water use and nitrogen emissions.
Measuring social impact
You can also contact Empact for mapping out the social impact of your organization. When measuring social impact, you can think of measuring the (positive) effects of your organization on social problems. The impact of social projects can also be mapped. When measuring social impact, we use both qualitative and quantitative research methods, such as the Social and Human Capital Protocol. In this way we not only find out what impact your organization makes, but also how much.