Our Services

We provide end to end sustainability programming making it easier to embed sustainability into everything you do.

Design for Sustainability

Design for Sustainability (DfS) is an embedded program that delivers more sustainable products and processes. Over 80% of an organization’s environmental and health impacts are built in at the design stage;  we apply a blend of data-driven, life cycle thinking methods to identify “hot spots” that deserve attention. TrueNorth employs facilitated, creative brainstorming techniques to uncover a series of possible actions and provides guidance on the magnitude of foreseeable impact with regards to environmental and human health. We help organizations balance the Triple Bottom Line.

Life Cycle Assessment

A life cycle inventory and assessment (LCI/A) leverages credible process and material data to express the sustainability impacts of your product or process through every stage of its life cycle- from supplier operations through end of life.  LCI/A is the standard of support for more sustainable design decisions internally and market claims externally, including serving as the base data for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Our team has broad and deep experience conducting and critically reviewing LCAs efficiently for industrial processes and consumer goods, including those with complex global supply chains.

product transparency

Product Transparency

Consumers are demanding transparency into environmental and human health impacts and ingredients in more product categories. From Environmental Product Declarations to material health disclosures such as Declare labels, Health Product Declarations, and manufacturer inventories compliant to LEED V4, we can help with your transparency needs. Our experience specifically focuses on creating transparency at scale to optimize resources and reduce costs so you can focus on designing more sustainable products, rather than creating disclosures. We can also help with other aspects around transparency such as Product Category Rule (PCR) development for EPDs.

enterprise sustainabilit strategy and accountability

Enterprise Sustainability Strategy & Accountability

To be relevant, a sustainability strategy must be embedded in business success, incorporate the triple bottom line with metrics that support key results. We are experienced in the integration of outcome-based metrics for carbon, water, material health, and material efficiency (waste), connecting individual project results to business and enterprise-level metrics and goals.  This approach reinforces accountability through clear lines to outcomes valued by the business and customers alike. We ensure strategic alignment with industry initiatives such as  Science Based Targets, CEO water mandate, and the Chemical Footprinting Project.

carbon management and accounting

Carbon Management

We provide innovative management of carbon emissions across your organization with a focus on Scope 3 GHG inventory using the GHG Protocol accounting standards. The inventory can be linked to an existing database that your organization owns such as procurement or financial data, for ease of maintenance and accountability. We build customized hotspot analysis and reporting tools that creates a pathway to establish science-based targets and develops a best-in-class climate action plan to drive emissions reductions across operations and complex supply chains.

water stewardship programming

Water Stewardship Programming

Water stewardship goes far beyond water footprinting to understand and minimize your true impact on the local watershed. Whether you’re just beginning to consider how to minimize your impact and risks or if you’ve been on this journey for a while, we can help you implement best in class water stewardship practices. Our water services include company-wide strategy/metrics, screening for highest impact locations, site specific recommendations for impact reduction, business and environmental risk evaluation, project specific water impact comparisons, and more.

supplier sustainability

Supplier Sustainability Surveying

When implementing Design for Sustainability, choosing the right suppliers can make a large difference on your overall impact. We can help you design questions and develop surveys to assess the environmental and human health impact differences between suppliers to support your selection process. This gives you a better understanding of where your suppliers are on their sustainability journey. Ultimately, supplier sustainability should be built into your purchasing program and embedded into tools such as supplier scorecards. We can provide guidance, expertise, and tools to support your supplier sustainability program needs.

decision making tools based in excel

Decision Making Tools based in Excel

We love harnessing the power of excel to create tools that simplify decision making. Our key tool is the Sustainability Impact Measurement (SIM) where you can compare and analyze the environmental impacts of 2+ products by using common inputs such as material quantities and types. If you have an idea for a tool or know the outcome you would like but don’t know how to get there, we can help!

sustainability culture development

Sustainability Culture Development

The engine for any sustainability program is its people. Identifying and engaging early adopters is key to building the potential within the organization. We know that getting started is hard. Following a proven series of simple steps, we help to lift off and build momentum. Every organization is distinct and TrueNorth applies a Human-Centered approach to kick-start a sustainability culture that fits local needs, leverages passions, and provides professional growth that is personally rewarding and in a way that ensures success.

Your work with us will focus and energize your sustainability effort and will leave you with an enduring, embedded process that feeds the business with no compromise WINS. 

Design for Sustainability

Design for Sustainability (DfS) is an embedded program that delivers more sustainable products and processes....

Life Cycle Assessment

A life cycle inventory and assessment (LCI/A) leverages credible process and material data to express the sustainability impacts of your product...

product transparency

Product Transparency

Consumers are demanding transparency into environmental and human health impacts and ingredients in more product categories. From Environmental Product Declarations...

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product transparency

Product Transparency

Consumers are demanding transparency into environmental and human health impacts and ingredients in more product categories. From Environmental Product Declarations...