RRI Tool: Sustainability Method Selection Tool

Helping you choose a suitable sustainability assessment method

The Sustainability method selection tool helps you realise your sustainability goals by: Making you determine the sustainable issues you want to tackle – helping you focus. Finding a suitable method to assess how your innovation is doing or will do on the sustainability issue(s) of your choice. The assessment(s) can be used to make the innovation and it’s production process more sustainable.

When to Use This Tool

When you would:

  • Like to explore sustainability issues of interest to your innovation.
  • Want to assess your current or future achievements.

How to Use This Tool

  • A three-step approach determining the focus of the assessment leading to appropriate assessment tools.
  • Conducting the assessment with an appropriate tool

Required Investment

  • Small :  selection of assessment tool
  • Small/Large:  application of tool — depending on the tool and the availability of data

Expertise Needed

Experise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Expert level

External support:

  • Facilitator can be needed to guide you through the whole process of self-assessment
  • Consultant can advise and help you with the implementation
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Expected Results

Awareness of the array of sustainability issues that might be connected to your innovation.

Insight in how your organisation and the innovation is doing currently (snapshot) or in the future (prospective) on the sustainability issues of your interest.

This enables you to decide on what sustainability aspects to focus and improve your innovation and it’s production process on these sustainability aspects.

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.