This section contains links to the GEMI tools that are interactive, web-based tools. Some of these tools also have static documents/user guides as well.
This checklist has been developed to improve facility managers’ understanding of the requirements and elements of the environmental management system outlined in the ISO 14001:2015 international standard. It is designed to allow for a rapid self-assessment of an organization or facility to determine how closely existing management practices and procedures correspond to the elements of the standard.
GEMI collaborated with IPIECA in its development of a new e-learning course offering training on water risk assessment tools, including the GEMI Local Water Tool for Oil & Gas. The Water risk assessment e-learning training course aims to improve uptake and implementation whilst helping companies effectively, efficiently and easily monitor, assess and manage water risks.
GEMI’s SCS Tool is designed as a guide to help support and assist with strategic sourcing and procurement by providing visibility into CO2e and water impacts within a financial context. The GEMI SCS is a browser-based tool that allows a user to enter spending across purchase categories. SCS then calculates CO2e and water impacts and assesses alternative purchasing scenarios for each of the three featured categories. The tool estimates results of each scenario or combination of scenarios to provide visibility and help companies engage and focus on their supply chains to design more sustainable strategies.
The EDF-GEMI Water Management Application (WaterMAPP) is a MS Excel-based, multi-tabbed spreadsheet with two primary components: the Water Scorecard to assess the water efficiency for buildings and create visibility for water use performance at facilities, and the Water Efficiency Calculator to estimate water and financial savings from cooling tower or free-air cooling improvements — key data for making the water-efficiency investment business case.
The GEMI Local Water Tool™ (LWT) and the GEMI LWT™ for Oil and Gas helps companies and organizations identify the external impacts, business risks, and opportunities related to water use and discharge at a specific site or operation. The information generated in the GEMI LWT™ may be used by companies and organizations for developing management plans and communicating outcomes at their discretion.
The GEMI Solution Tools Matrix™ is an interactive, web solution for users around the world to access the +30 publicly-available, solutions-based tools designed to help companies & organizations in their own pursuit of EHS and sustainability excellence to improve the environment, their operations and add business value. The Matrix guides users around GEMI’s diverse portfolio of solutions-based tools that the organization has developed over the past 20 years.
The Guided Discovery section of the GEMI Solution Tools Matrix™ is designed to help users who are unfamiliar with the GEMI tools find useful information and a more appropriate tool for their need. To that end, the Guided Discovery contains a set of introductory questions to guide the user into determining which of the GEMI solution tools will be most relevant based on their responses. Upon completing each of the 7 questions, the user will be presented with a set of results based on their previous responses and be able to view a result list of relevant GEMI solution tools, view the pop-up description as well as click through to the item detail page for that solution tool.
The Map of Future Forces Affecting Sustainability has been designed to help GEMI companies develop their own perspective of a future being shaped increasingly by external forces linked to concept of sustainable development. The Map includes elements that some may view as controversial, but recognizes the objective of this effort is to provoke thoughtful discussions that will help companies shape their business strategies in light of a more sustainability-driven future.
The GEMI HSE Web Depot is a web-based resource for the development and continual improvement of Health, Safety & Environment Management Information Systems (HSE-MIS). This new HSE Web Depot, which was originally developed in 1998, presents a framework for HSE-MIS planning, development, system rollout and improvement and organizes company experiences within these areas.
The GEMI HSE Web Depot contains information on: strategies for planning, designing, evaluating, and improving HSE systems; planning and development processes; evaluating business benefits; and, examples of best practices. The HSE Web Depot is based on a Plan, Do, Check, Advance (PDCA) lifecycle. The order of these steps is completely dependent upon how the Web Depot is being used. A visitor to the Web Depot may find value in going through the entire tool or by selecting a topic of interest and diving in a bit deeper. 2008.
The GEMI Business and Climate web tool is designed to help companies assess the most appropriate ways to address climate change-related emission reductions and reduce energy consumption. This new version of the web tool, which was originally developed in 1998, provides information and guidance for businesses in all stages of the strategic planning lifecycle for climate change. The site is organized into four planning stages–Assess Risks, Formulate Strategy, Implement Strategy and Review. Advice and resources are provided from businesses that have already completed one or more of the planning stages. 2008
The GEMI Metrics Navigator™ is a tool to help organizations develop and implement metrics that provide insight into complex issues, support business strategy and contribute to business success. The tool presents a thorough, six-step process to select, implement and evaluate a set of ‘critical few’ metrics that focus on an organization’s success. Each step provides guidance in the form of a worksheet, series of questions or checklist. MET-001. 60 pages. 2007
- Overview presentation of GEMI Metrics Navigator™
The GEMI SD Planner™ and SD Gateway is an interactive GEMI web tool to raise awareness of SD concepts, identify the business case for action on SD (Sustainable Development) and serve as an “on ramp” for the SD Planner™. It is also a web-enabled version of GEMI’s SD Planner™, which was originally developed in 2002, to facilitate its use over company Intranets.
Version 3.0 contains new user-friendly features that improve the ease of accessibility and encourage interaction between users. Users now have the ability to easily browse through case examples by category and search for specific case examples by keyword, as well as tag case examples as ‘favorites’ to revisit later.
GEMI’s Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner is tool to be used by companies that are ready to address the water sustainability challenges that are increasingly impacting companies around the world. The GEMI Water Planner is intended to guide a user through the process of taking a corporate sustainability strategy and converting it into a site or unit strategy for water. 2007. 28 pages. W-201.
- Overview presentation of Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner
GEMI’s Forging New Links: Enhancing Supply Chain Value Through Environmental Excellence is a resource to assist managers in recognizing, prioritizing and pursing specific value creation opportunities. The tool describes a broad range of opportunities for EHS professionals, in collaboration with other functions within their companies, to enhance supply chain performance. The intended audience includes both EHS and supply chain professionals, as well as business executives. The tool demonstrates that EHS professionals, working as part of a cross-functional team, can add value to typical supply chain processes and activities. The document has a supplemental web page that contains additional case examples, resources, a value wizard and more. 2004. 50 pages. FNL-101
GEMI’s Connecting the Drops: Toward Creative Water Strategies is designed to help businesses build a well-tailored water strategy that fits the business’ needs and circumstances. Case studies highlight ways that companies can create business value by pursuing the sustainable management of water resources. The tool enables organizations to better understand their relationship to water throughout the value chain, identify opportunities and risks, assess the business case for action, and develop and implement continual improvement-based water strategies. 2002. 52 pages. Item No. W-101
This section includes GEMI publications available in pdf format.
The GEMI-Environmental Defense Fund Guide to Successful Corporate-NGO Partnerships is the product of collaboration among GEMI member companies and Environmental Defense Fund. It is intended as a comprehensive aid to organizing, designing, implementing and measuring the success of corporate-NGO partnerships. The Guide also includes several case examples of successful partnerships. While the focus is on environmental projects, we feel the lessons learned can apply to any type of sustainability-driven partnership that involves active engagement between businesses and NGOs. Overview presentation of the Guide
The GEMI Metrics Navigator™ is a tool to help organizations develop and implement metrics that provide insight into complex issues, support business strategy and contribute to business success. The tool presents a thorough, six-step process to select, implement and evaluate a set of ‘critical few’ metrics that focus on an organization’s success. Each step provides guidance in the form of a worksheet, series of questions or checklist.
- Overview presentation of GEMI Metrics Navigator™
The NEW GEMI SD Planner™ and GEMI SD Gateway is a detailed, comprehensive planning tool that you can use to establish baseline performance, assess opportunities, set goals, develop action plans and evaluate progress towards your sustainable development objectives. This software tool was created because the members of GEMI recognize the need and opportunity for business to address environmental, economic and social issues in a way that creates business value. 2007. (interactive web tool)
Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner — This interactive web tool is to be used by companies that are ready to address the water sustainability challenges that are increasingly impacting companies around the world. The GEMI Water Planner is intended to guide a user through the process of taking a corporate sustainability strategy and converting it into a site or unit strategy for water. 2007. 28 pages. W-201.
- Overview presentation of Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner
This tool has been designed to provide approaches that companies can consider as they address transparency related challenges and opportunities. It consists of a five-step process designed to assist in the identification of transparency-related opportunities and risks, determining the business case for action, and engaging your organization in developing and implementing an effective transparency strategy. 2004. 58 pages. TRA-101.
- Overview of presentation of Transparency: A Path to Public Trust (pdf file)
- GEMI TRANSPARENCY-NGO WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS (.pdf files):
- Proceedings from the October 24, 2001 Transparency-NGO Workshop #1 in Oakland, CA
- Proceedings from the May 1, 2002 Transparency-NGO Workshop #2 in Atlanta, GA
- Proceedings from the February 26, 2003 Transparency-NGO Workshop #3 in Newark, NJ
- Proceedings from the March 22, 2005 Transparency-NGO Workshop followup #1 in Atlanta, GA
- Proceedings from the August 11, 2005 Transparency-NGO Workshop followup #2 in Oakland, CA
This tool has been designed to help provide businesses approaches on how to measure, manage and communicate EHS value to the financial community thereby making tangibles out of intangibles. 2004. 46 pages. Item No. EVI-101.
This tool and web site (www.gemi.org/water) are designed to help businesses build a well-tailored water strategy that fits the business’ needs and circumstances. Case studies highlight ways that companies can create business value by pursuing the sustainable management of water resources. The tool enables organizations to better understand their relationship to water throughout the value chain, identify opportunities and risks, assess the business case for action, and develop and implement continual improvement-based water strategies. 2002. 52 pages. Item No. W-101.
The guidance document has been designed to help identify new processes and ways of thinking about the role of environmental initiatives vis-à-vis broader business objectives. This report includes case studies of companies who have implemented successful projects linking environmental and business objectives. 2001. 70 pages. Item No. EVTL-101
This guidance document has been designed to address the business value of managing Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) in Procurement. It is designed to help identify when, why, and how to pursue added business value by addressing the environmental, health and safety (EHS) performance of suppliers and contractors, and understand how their products and services might affect your business. 2001. 70 pages. Item No. SBV-101.
This report assesses incentives that have worked in government and in the private sector to encourage companies to go beyond compliance. The report includes tables of environmental objectives that might be achieved through the use of incentives, and provides a menu of incentives that could help achieve those objectives. 1999. 39 pages. Item No. IDE-104
The goal of this primer is to guide corporate environmental professionals in planning, creating, measuring and communicating the business value of environmental activities. The primer is divided into four chapters – one for each stage in the Plan-Do-Check-Advance cycle of environmental management. By providing ideas, tips and examples from both GEMI and non-GEMI companies, this primer offers suggestions for communicating to key stakeholders within and external to their organization environment’s value to business. 1998. 52 pages.
Item No. EVTB-101
This primer is designed to help Health, Safety and Environmental managers reach new levels of performance by partnering their expertise with that of Management Information Systems (MIS) professionals and Manufacturing & Operations, Marketing, Research & Development, Finance and Legal experts across the country. The overall goal of this Primer is to provide HSE managers some insight on eliminating information silos, integrating their work with the rest of the enterprise, and, as a result, improving corporate performance. 1997. Item No. HSE-102
This primer is designed to present a survey of environmental performance measurement tools, or metrics, and includes considerations for designing a metrics program and selecting appropriate metrics, as well as for implementing, evaluating and improving such a program. 1997. 60 pages. Item No. MET-101
The primary objective of this study was to test whether third party attestation statements contained in voluntary corporate environmental reports added value in the eyes of external stakeholders. Other goals of the study included assessing which report elements contributed the most to communicating credibility, and the credibility of different types of organizations that perform certifications of corporate environmental reports. 1996. 43 pages. Item No. TPS-112
This checklist is based on the ISO 14001 standard and allows for a rapid self-assessment of an organization or facility to determine how closely existing management practices and procedures correspond to the elements of the standard. In addition to a brief guide to self-scoring, a fuller description of what is required by the standard’s criteria is included in the appendix. 1996. 54 pages. Item No. ISO-111
This study is one of the three studies commissioned by the IDEA Work Group Reports to provide the basis for further discussions with EH&S thought leaders. Incentives for Environmental Improvement: An Assessment of Selected Innovative Programs in the States and Europe by Daniel P. Beardsley, Albers & Co.: This report assessed selected new environmental programs in Western Europe (the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and programs managed by American states (Minnesota, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Colorado).
This study is one of the three studies commissioned by the IDEA Work Group Reports to provide the basis for further discussions with EH&S thought leaders. — Incentives, Disincentives, Environmental Performance and Accountability for the 21st Century, IDEA 21 Work Group Reports.This study was written by Terry Yosie and Timothy Herbst, E. Bruce Harrison/Ruder Finn Inc. 1996. 120 pages. Item No. IDE-001.
This study is one of the three studies commissioned by the IDEA Work Group Reports to provide the basis for further discussions with EH&S thought leaders. — Incentives, Disincentives, Environmental Performance and Accountability for the 21st Century, IDEA 21 Work Group Reports.This Study was written by Terry Davies and Jan Mazurek, Resources for the Future. 1996. 85 pages. Item No. IDE-002.
Assists companies in training their site Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) personnel. A guidance document for anyone involved in the development of such training. Includes practical how-to examples, and several advanced training techniques are included. 1995. 45 pages. Item No. EHS-108.
Expands on basics of the TQEM primer and introduces a TQEM tool. Provides a format and structure for conducting a benchmarking study. Designed to teach the reader how to make environmental improvements based on existing or publicly available information and resources. 1994. 49 pages. Item No. BEN-104
Designed to help the international business community find cost-effective pollution prevention initiatives by incorporating environmental costs into the business decision-making process. Topics include identification and quantification of environmental costs and evaluating pollution prevention investments. 1994. 34 pages. Item No. COS-107
This tool relates Total Quality Environmental Management (TQEM) to environmental measurement and reporting, helping companies identify problems before they occur, target key areas for management attention and possible expenses, provide support for needed improvements in existing management systems, and provide a realistic basis for setting future performance expectations and holding line managers accountable. 1994. 40 pages. Item No. REP-105
Written for corporate environmental managers. Takes the reader through basic definitions of TQEM, how to implement a TQEM program and measurements, and how to use them. Contains a glossy for quick reference. 1993. 25 pages. Item No. TQE-101
This tool uses the 16 Environmental Management Principles of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as a basis, or benchmark, against which to measure performance. Provides helpful ideas for assessing and developing management programs and improving environmental performance. By using the ESAP, business can pinpoint ways to increase the quality of environmental policy, planning and implementation and monitoring. Allows organizations to prioritize environmental improvement opportunities. 1992. 114 pages. Item No. SAP-102
The purpose of the GEMI Quick Guide series is to provide a closer look into the methods corporations use to address sustainability topics. These guides feature best practices to address real-time sustainability issues, accompanied by mini case studies from member companies. The GEMI Quick Guides incorporate members’ experiences and support the GEMI mission of “collaborating for sustainable business solutions”.
QUICK GUIDE: SUSTAINABILITY 101
Sustainability 101 offers a comprehensive overview of how companies today are creating business value from sustainability plus guidance to help sustainability professionals develop, manage and grow their programs. The guide provides a baseline understanding of the subject; offers a simple approach to tackling an often complex, sometimes vague topic; and supports discussion within an organization about how to build greater business value from a company’s approach to sustainability. It charts five important action steps for EHS professionals and executives to consider as they determine how sustainability can bring value to their businesses.
QUICK GUIDE: MATERIALITY
GEMI’s Quick Guide on Materiality is designed to help corporations understand materiality and its relationship to sustainability; recognize the importance of materiality in defining an appropriate sustainability strategy; and learn what factors to consider when undertaking a materiality assessment. This guide is designed to help companies at any level of implementation define an approach that is ideally suited for their business needs.
QUICK GUIDE: ENGAGING EMPLOYEES IN SUSTAINABILITY
GEMI’s Quick Guide for Engaging Employees in Sustainability is designed to provide insight for how corporations can successfully engage and motivate employees to actively participate in executing a comprehensive sustainability strategy. The information and case studies provided in this guide can be used to help define an approach that makes sense for your company.
QUICK GUIDE: CULTIVATING SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN AN ORGANIZATION
GEMI’s Quick Guide for Cultivating Sustainability within an Organization is designed to provide insights for how corporations demonstrate and communicate the value of sustainability and activate internal resources to achieve key sustainability objectives. Use the information and case studies provided in this guide to help define a strategy that makes sense for your company.
QUICK GUIDE: RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
GEMI’s Quick Guide on Renewable and Alternative Energy is designed to provide insight into how corporations assess and implement renewable and alternative energy technologies. The guide is designed to help companies at any level of implementation and, in addition, may be helpful to companies evaluating their renewable and alternative energy options.