MBDC works with organizations to not only assess and improve the designs of their products but also the design of their decision-making processes, supply chain relationships, manufacturing systems, product distribution, service delivery, marketing, stakeholder engagement and other organizational functions.
Benchmarking is a key activity for measuring the sustainability of operations. From the perspectives of both eco-efficiency and eco-effectiveness, MBDC helps to identify operational improvements along a Cradle to Cradle continuum.
Moving beyond benchmarking, an organization can develop and implement optimization strategies for its operations, such as applying Cradle to Cradle thinking to internal processes, utilizing safe process chemicals, maximizing renewable energy use, reutilizing manufacturing by-products, developing a “clean” water footprint, and creating a healthy workplace.
For example, MBDC can help select Global Reporting Initiative Key Performance Indicators, as well as tracking and improving relative performance over time. Companies may choose to focus on single attributes or a full spectrum of indicators in areas such as:
Operations can be addressed across the phases of Scoping & Strategy, Inventory, Assessment, and Optimization.