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BBB Wise Giving Alliance Seal

This tool is an accreditation designating that organizations meet BBB's code of business practices: build trust, advertise honestly, tell the
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This tool is an accreditation designating that organizations meet BBB's code of business practices: build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy, embody integrity.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness

Tags: standards

Better Business Bureau

Toolcertified
General

Cradle to Cradle Certification

Cradle to Cradle offers a tool that certifies companies that meet a standard for using environmentally safe and healthy materials; design for
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Cradle to Cradle offers a tool that certifies companies that meet a standard for using environmentally safe and healthy materials; design for material reutilization, such as recycling or composting; the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency; efficient use of water, and maximum water quality associated with production; and instituting strategies for social responsibility. If a candidate product achieves the necessary criteria, it is certified as a Basic, Silver, Gold or Platinum product and can be branded as Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: consultant service, standards

Cradle to Cradle

Toolcertified
Environment,
Other

Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard offers a best practice by outlining the key elements for practically and credibly
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The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Standard offers a best practice by outlining the key elements for practically and credibly estimating the results of Private Sector Development programmes, in a process which can be managed by programmes internally. It involves a few common impact indicators to ensure that donors will be able to add up their results across country programmes. The Standard is being piloted on a multi-agency basis; the DCED invites new programmes to join in adopting the approach.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: standards

The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development

Best PracticeGeneral

Fair Trade Certification

Fair Trade Certification is a tool that allows agricultural products to bear the label "fair trade certified." The Fair Trade Certified label is a
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Fair Trade Certification is a tool that allows agricultural products to bear the label "fair trade certified." The Fair Trade Certified label is a guarantee that Fair Trade prices and "social premiums"--funds dedicated to community development initiatives such as education, health systems, and women's empowerment projects, as well as productive investments in product quality or related areas--were paid to cooperatives or other farmers' and workers' organizations by U.S.-based companies offering FTC products. These payments are verified by TransFair USA's supply-chain auditing services. TransFair USA's certification process combines desk audits and periodic on-site inspections of U.S. production facilities. In addition, certified products are guaranteed to have been sourced from cooperatives or other organizations in the developing world that meet international standards for environmental performance and progress, democratic and transparent governance, and working conditions. These criteria are verified by regular on-site inspections carried out by TransFair USA's partners in the global Fair Trade certification and labeling network, which spans 21 countries in the global North together with 60 developing nations.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: standards

TransFair USA

Toolcertified
Community,
Employment,
Environment...

Framework for Program Evaluation

This best practice offers a framework that outlines steps for program evaluation (engage stakeholders, describe the program, focus the evaluation
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This best practice offers a framework that outlines steps for program evaluation (engage stakeholders, describe the program, focus the evaluation design, gather credible evidence, justify conclusions, ensure use and share lessons learned) as well as standards (utility, feasibility, propriety, accuracy). While developed for public health programs, the steps and standards are generalizable to evaluation of any effort.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: ready-to-use, standards

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Best PracticeGeneral

Gender Equality Principles Initiative

The Gender Equality Principles Initiative (GEP Initiative) offers tools to help companies around the world achieve greater gender equality and
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The Gender Equality Principles Initiative (GEP Initiative) offers tools to help companies around the world achieve greater gender equality and build more productive workplaces through practical implementation of the Gender Equality Principles (GEP). The GEP Initiative provides companies with practical standards, tools, and resources that can be used to improve gender equality from the factory floor to the boardroom. The Gender Equality Principles address 7 fundamental issues: 1) Employment and Compensation; 2) Work-Life Balance and Career Development; 3) Health, Safety and Freedom from Violence; 4) Management and Governance; 5) Business, Supply Chain, and Marketing Practices; 6) Civic and Community Engagement; and 7) Transparency and Accountability. The GEP Web site offers companies a self-assessment tool that will provide a baseline of a company’s performance on issues of gender equality, identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, and deliver extensive tools and resources to assist in the design of an action plan.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness

Tags: ready-to-use, standards, survey

San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Calvert Group, Ltd., Verité

ToolGeneral

HAP Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management Standard

The HAP Standard is a tool that seeks to measure: 1) Accountability and quality commitments made by an aid agency; 2) Quality management system–the
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The HAP Standard is a tool that seeks to measure: 1) Accountability and quality commitments made by an aid agency; 2) Quality management system–the processes used by the aid agency to achieve the commitments made; 3) Quality of service–as defined by disaster survivors, affected communities, partners, aid practitioners and other specified stakeholders. In order to achieve certification, an agency will demonstrate that it meets the 6 benchmarks and 19 requirements in the HAP Standard. These cover the three areas mentioned above, with specific attention to continual improvement. Designed for use by practitioners, researchers and donors, the Guide to the HAP Standard provides practical advice for improving the quality and accountability of humanitarian action. For agencies seeking HAP certification, it is an indispensible resource. The Additional Tools (in the Find Out More box) links directly to the Annex section of the Guide, which includes sample surveys, checklists, indicators, quality assurance tests, SWOT, and guidance on: conducting interviews, observations, focus groups; engaging communities; setting up feedback mechanisms; and holding lessons learned meetings.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: checklist, guide, standards, survey

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International

Toolcertified
Human,
International,
Public Safety

Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS)

IRIS is a catalog of metrics with standard definitions that provide a consistent method for describing an organization’s social, environmental, and
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IRIS is a catalog of metrics with standard definitions that provide a consistent method for describing an organization’s social, environmental, and financial performance. Incorporating commonly-accepted metrics and expert input, IRIS spans an array of performance objectives and includes sector-specific metrics for areas including financial services, agriculture, and energy, among others. Like financial accounting standards, IRIS provides a credible reference for performance reporting, and organizations need only use relevant metrics from the IRIS library.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: indicators, standards

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

MethodGeneral

LBG Measuring and Benchmarking Corportate Community Investment

LBG International is a network of organizations that is based around a shared method for measuring and evaluating a corporation’s community
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LBG International is a network of organizations that is based around a shared method for measuring and evaluating a corporation’s community investment. The information on community contributions and outreach is collected online and analyzed so that participants can benchmark their efforts against regional and international benchmarks. The model adheres to standards set by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI).  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: framework, standards

Corporate Citizenship

MethodGeneral

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification (LEED)

LEED is a tool that certifies green buildings. It establishes a benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings and its
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LEED is a tool that certifies green buildings. It establishes a benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings and its requirements for certification are detailed in a checklist. Points are assigned to a project as it meets individual items on the checklist and a final point tally determines whether certification is awarded and the level of certification (platinum, gold, silver, or certified).  
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Focus: Social Impact

Tags: standards

U.S. Green Building Council

Toolcertified
Environment,
Other

PQASSO

PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organizations) is a quality assurance tool intended to help an organization run more
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PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organizations) is a quality assurance tool intended to help an organization run more effectively and efficiently. It offers a flexible approach to quality assurance, which allows the organization to work at its own pace. Taking a systematic look at an organization, this tool identifies areas of strength and weakness to pinpoint exactly where improvements are needed. It helps with planning, budgeting and allocating the resources for making these improvements over a realistic time period.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: case study, consultant service, standards

Charities Evaluation Services

Toolcertified
General

Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA) Assessment

The QuODA Assessment tool tracks, compares, and ranks quality of aid based on data provided by 31 donor countries and 152 aid agencies. It uses
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The QuODA Assessment tool tracks, compares, and ranks quality of aid based on data provided by 31 donor countries and 152 aid agencies. It uses OECD Paris Declaration Principles and the Accra Action Agenda to assess the effectiveness of international aid. A cross-national standard for comparison of development aid was developed around four major areas: maximizing efficiency, fostering institutions, reducing burden, and transparency and learning. These areas are broken down into 30 individual indicators against which aid programs are assessed based on the country programmable aid (CPA) amounts.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness

Tags: indicators, report, standards

Global Economy & Development at Brookings, Center for Global Development

ToolInternational

Social Audit

This tool is used as part of the audit services provided by the Social Audit Network. A Social Audit can be conducted at one of three levels,
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This tool is used as part of the audit services provided by the Social Audit Network. A Social Audit can be conducted at one of three levels, including a self-audit option. The audit uses social accounting to determine that an organisation’s claims can be credible (proved) and used to demonstrate organisational development (improvement). Social accounting is the process of collecting information about the activities an organisation carries out which affect its stakeholders. These activities may be intended ‘outputs’ or just the day to day internal operations. Organisations' impact can be measured in three ways: social, environmental and financial. Financial reporting has been in use for hundreds of years and can be used to both show what has happened and as a planning tool. Social accounting enables this process to be carried out for social and environmental outputs. See the manual for more on methodology and links to ready-to-use materials.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: case study, checklist, standards

Social Audit Network

ToolGeneral

Social Performance Audit Tool

This tool attempts to assess the social performance of an MFI. Using a "process auditing" approach, this tool answers the following question: To
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This tool attempts to assess the social performance of an MFI. Using a "process auditing" approach, this tool answers the following question: To what degree do the internal processes promote fulfillment of the MFI's stated social mission? This tool also assesses the MFI's performance in relation to its corporate social responsibility, particularly in terms of its relationship with and impact on staff, clients, the local community, and the environment. This assessment is performed by auditors who then author a final social audit report.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness

Tags: report, scorecard/rating, standards

USAID

ToolMicrofinance

Standards for Excellence® Program

The Standards for Excellence Program relies on the Standards for Excellence publication to serve as a model and tool for nonprofit organizations to
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The Standards for Excellence Program relies on the Standards for Excellence publication to serve as a model and tool for nonprofit organizations to implement in their operations and governance. Based on fundamental values - such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, compassion, responsibility, and accountability - these Standards describe how nonprofits should act to be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising. Eight guiding principles are provided, along with fifty-five standards. Detailed performance benchmarks enable nonprofits to determine how well they are fulfilling their obligations to stakeholders and how to strengthen their operations. All nonprofit organizations are encouraged to commit to and implement the guiding principles of the Standards for Excellence. The Institute also makes available to member organizations a comprehensive system of educational tools to enable individual nonprofit organizations to improve their governance and management practices. Standards for Excellence certification is available to individual organizations through a rigorous peer review process available nationally through the Standards for Excellence Institute and through licensed partners in selected states (MD, PA, OH, and LA). The Institute offers a national network of qualified consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness

Tags: standards, training

Standards for Excellence Institute

Toolcertified
General

The B Impact Ratings System

The B Impact Ratings System is a dynamic assessment tool measuring a company’s social and environmental impact. It is comprised of two parts: the
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The B Impact Ratings System is a dynamic assessment tool measuring a company’s social and environmental impact. It is comprised of two parts: the B Impact Assessment and the B Impact Report. The B Impact Assessment is a free, web-based tool designed to be comprehensive yet simple enough for small and medium sized businesses (<$1 Billion) to complete within 60-90 minutes. It is comprised of 60-200 questions divided into five Impact Areas that provide a holistic view of a company’s business: Leadership, Employees, Consumers, Community, and Environment. Each of these Categories is further sub-divided into Goals, fifteen total. The number of questions and weightings are based upon the size and industry sector of a company. The B Impact Report is the simple, one-page report that a company receives after completing the B Impact Assessment. The B Impact Report is designed to make it easy; 1) for consumers, investors, and institutions to make purpose driven consumption, investment, and purchasing decisions; and 2) for entrepreneurs to manage their companies’ social and environmental performance. Oversight of the B Impact Ratings System is the responsibility of B Lab’s Standards Advisory Council, an independent committee of nine members, each respected in the field for their wisdom and each with deep industry or stakeholder expertise. The B Impact Ratings System is used to both certify B Corporations and generate GIIRS ratings.  
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Focus: Organizational Effectiveness, Social Impact

Tags: ready-to-use, scorecard/rating, standards, survey

B Lab

Toolcertified
General
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