a 360� view on your sustainability performance

News

CR360, formerly credit360, has been recognised as one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies by the prestigious Sunday Times' Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table. The company, which provides software for multinational businesses to manage their sustainability performance, has more than tripled its sales in three years, achieving a turnover of £7.7m in 2014, and rapidly expanded its team from 33 to 118. It is one of only four companies in the East of England to be honoured with a place in this year's league table.
credit360 has become the first software provider to achieve G4 reporting certification in German by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). A long-established GRI technology partner, credit360's award-winning sustainability software solution is already GRI-certified in English and Brazilian Portuguese.
credit360 has been named as a Gold-level CDP Software Partner for the fourth year running. The company is one of just three gold level CDP software partners and is also the only Gold-level CDP Software Partner to have been named as a leader in both sustainability and environment, health and safety (EHS) software by independent analyst firm Verdantix.
Technology giant Lenovo has opted for credit360's award-winning sustainability software to enhance the quality and accuracy of its sustainability data and take its reporting to the next level. The company will use the system to collect data from worldwide locations for its annual sustainability report and the CDP reporting framework. It will also make use of specific modules to track the progress of energy efficiency projects.
credit360 has been named a leader in Verdantix's global Green Quadrant Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Software 2014 report. According to the independent analyst firm, credit360 injects sustainability innovation into EH&S Management. Furthermore, credit360 is one of only three vendors to be listed by Verdantix as both a leader in EH&S Software and a leader in Sustainability Software.

credit360's proven sustainability software has been selected by British Airways to monitor and reduce its carbon footprint. The software will be used by the airline as part of its goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 from a 2005 baseline. Tracking the fuel burn and carbon footprint per passenger kilometre for every aircraft within its fleet will allow British Airways to compare and contrast the sustainability performance of different aircraft and identify areas for improvement, in line with its One Destination sustainability plan.
Grupo Financiero Banorte (Banorte) will use credit360's sustainability software in order to track and analyze its social, environmental and economic performance. This system will enable Banorte to collect data seamlessly across all of the subsidiaries of the group and use the information to drive progress on sustainability within its business.
European packaging giant DS Smith has invested in credit360's award-winning sustainability software to track its environmental and social impacts with greater precision and take its sustainability reporting to the next level. DS Smith, which employs 20,000 people worldwide, is the leading supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods, offering its customers high standards of service, quality and innovation on a sustainable basis. DS Smith will use the credit360 system to manage vital sustainability data in its corrugated packaging, paper, plastics and closed loop recycling businesses across 250 sites in 22 countries
Determined to help the speciality coffee sector become more environmentally sustainable, the SCAA decided to invest in a data management solution that would help both the organisation and its members to measure their environmental footprint and identify opportunities to reduce their impacts.
NETGEAR has invested in credit360's proven sustainability software to track its carbon footprint with increased accuracy. As part of its commitment to measuring and tackling its environmental impacts, the US-based manufacturer of computer networking equipment will use the credit360 system to monitor fundamental energy and waste data at 100 locations worldwide. It is also set to measure the carbon emissions associated with business travel. NETGEAR will submit a detailed analysis of its overall carbon footprint annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).


Jordan's leading pharmaceutical company, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, invested in CRedit360's award-winning sustainability software to improve the quality of its corporate responsibility (CR) reporting and ultimately its sustainability performance. Hikma will use the system to streamline its global data collection process, gathering a wide range of detailed social and environmental data from multiple production sites in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Around 100 sustainability professionals from across Europe gathered in London in October to discuss shared sustainability performance management, EHS and governance challenges at the third credit360 European User Forum. The event covered all aspects of corporate sustainability, from product footprinting and measuring Scope 3 emissions, through to identifying high risk suppliers and even linking the credit360 system to enterprise social networks.
LKAB (Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB), the Swedish state-owned mining enterprise, has selected the credit360 sustainability data management system to monitor a wide range of environmental indicators. LKAB has introduced 'green pellets' of iron ore for steelmaking, which reduce their overall production emissions by 30% while improving the performance of their customers' steelworks. The company is also a member of the ULCOS (Ultra Low CO2 Steelmaking) research project, along with credit360 client ArcelorMittal.
credit360 have continued their Gold software partnership with CDP for the third consecutive year. Renewing our global CDP partnership ensures that credit360's 150+ clients continue to benefit from an independently verified, CDP-accredited software platform to manage and report vital sustainability data, as they forge ahead on their sustainability journeys. credit360 is one of just three software companies to have Gold Software Partner status worldwide.
credit360 is hosting its European User Forum at The Lincoln Centre in London on the 10th October 2013. Based on your feedback, we have an engaging schedule designed to allow you to get the most out of your credit360 system, now and in the future.

Mark Shields announced the launch of our new Solutions Insights webinar series at this year's Americas User Forum. This series will explore the capabilities of the credit360 system across our five solution areas: Energy and Carbon, CSR, Supply Chain, EHS and Compliance. We will take a high level look at our solutions on a monthly basis and provide insights into how these solutions are being used to meet a wide range of sustainability challenges.

Specialist sustainability software provider credit360has been named as one of five leading software companies worldwide for the delivery of advanced enterprise-level data capture, management and analysis solutions to global sustainability leaders

We're keen to avoid shameless self-promotion here, but we really do work with 130 companies on the issues of reporting to sustainability standards. Moreover, our software solutions are GRI certified and CDP accredited to a Gold standard. We find ourselves in the middle of this complex debate about standardisation: we work directly with standard setters as well as companies reporting in-line with these standards. We're not a consultancy, but we do understand the issues and we understand data. In this article we try and leverage some of this experience to explore the complexity of reporting to multiple standards - in what we hope is an objective way - and also outline how software can help out - in perhaps a less objective way!
Leading providers of sustainability information services CSRHub and credit360 are pleased to announce a new partnership. Through the collaboration, CSRHub and credit360 will provide an integrated service that allows credit360 users to incorporate organizational benchmarking data from the world's largest database of sustainability ratings directly into their credit360 sustainability performance management solution.
Marfrig Alimentos S.A. is a company specializing in food and food service in Brazil and 18 other countries. They produce, process, prepare, sell, and distribute meat products, further processed products, additional food products and leather. Marfrig has a complex, integrated and geographically diversified business, with over 90,000 employees, global facilities and a distribution network that covers the world's principal consumer channels and markets. The group includes companies like Keystone Foods and Moy Park operating across the U.S. and Europe.
Environmental Leader has just announced the results of their annual Technology Reviews, and credit360 sustainability software was awarded four out of five stars.

One judge remarked that credit360 was:
"A best-in-class performance management solution for CSR professionals, enabling their clients to spend less time on data collection and more time implementing solutions."
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK. The company's cable network delivers superfast broadband to over half of all UK homes and it's currently being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country. Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo and the company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households. Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK and is one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.
The global survey of sustainability professionals highlights CRedit360 as the most able specialist software provider and top 5 among generic software brands

New research from independent analyst firm Verdantix highlights credit360's strength as a software provider, revealing that the company is viewed as one of the firms with the highest ability in the sustainability software business. credit360 places with Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM among the top 5 generic software brands in the sustainability space. Among specialist sustainability software providers, credit360 is the most familiar name in the world, with 50% of respondents reporting that they had information about the company's sustainability management solutions.

In addition, a report from consulting and independent analyst firm Ecobusiness Exchange evaluates sustainability software companies on criteria including stability, performance, ease of use, support, and value. credit360 is ranked at the top as a sustainability 'Champion': a large, stable organisation with a strong overall solution and vision.
Market leader credit360 demonstrates continued commitment to supporting a global client base by engaging with sustainability standard setters. credit360 is the only sustainability software tool with officially certified GRI content from the G3.1 Guidelines in Brazilian Portuguese. credit360 is also accredited by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to a Gold level.
TeliaSonera selects CRedit360 sustainability performance management software to streamline environmental and social data collection and facilitate sustainability reporting

Following a detailed review of the sustainability software market, credit360 was selected as the solution to replace an Excel based approach to sustainability data gathering and analysis. The web-based credit360 system will provide ready access to employees all around the world to enter environmental and social data centrally. The system will automatically screen data for potential errors and manage the data collection process through an approval workflow, complete with a detailed audit trail. In addition to creating internal reporting templates and interactive performance dashboards, the GRI certified and CDP Gold Standard accredited credit360 system will help TeliaSonera organise and report their sustainability performance for a range of external frameworks.
According to research from the Carbon Trust, as much as 80% of a company's total carbon impact lies outside its direct operational control (i.e. their Scope 3 emissions). Every tonne of carbon emitted creates costs of between £200 and £400, so managing Scope 3 emissions creates significant opportunities for cost reduction as well as environmental improvement. Of the 15 Scope 3 categories, Purchased Goods and Services (PG&S) often constitutes the largest source of emissions and presents interesting reduction opportunities.

However, managing carbon emissions from PG&S can be challenging as they are associated with complex sources which can be hard to understand and measure. This is because they are comprised of 'embodied carbon' from a disparate range of sources through the supply chain.

Despite their significance, and perhaps due to this complexity, carbon emissions from PG&S remain one of the least frequently reported Scope 3 emission sources. As part of our series on Scope 3 emission categories, Alan Waller, Sustainability Consultant at credit360, considers the particular challenges surrounding the measurement of this source and outlines a powerful new approach developed by credit360 and the Carbon Trust.
MTR has worked with Intertek, the exclusive partner of credit360 in Asia, to implement the credit360 sustainability data management system. The precision, ease-of-use and flexibility of credit360's system allow MTR to gather updates from data providers across the company and configure sustainability indicators to fit reporting requirements. Centralized data collation enables MTR to respond to surveys from analyst groups with the confidence that they have the most up-to-date information. In addition, an audit trail provides the ability to identify errors or gaps in data, making the assurance process faster and easier.
The pressure on companies to disclose their Environmental Social Governance (ESG) performance continues to increase. Industry-led standardisation is being reinforced with legislated disclosure, such as the UK's imminent mandated carbon reporting requirements. In parallel, we're finally seeing real attention from both mainstream and specialist SRI investors and analysts. This new landscape for sustainability reporting has shifted the focus from 'just disclose' to 'disclose reliably' - stakeholders expect materiality, timeliness and accuracy.

credit360's Iain McGhee weighs in on the need for the right tools to achieve meaningful assurance.
Carbon Trust and credit360 today launch the Value Chain Manager, which uniquely brings together the combination of leading Cloud-based sustainability software with unrivalled expertise and carbon reduction data, based on a decade of Carbon Trust experience. Value Chain Manager will help large organisations measure, manage, and reduce indirect emissions and ultimately capture the associated cost and reputational benefits of doing so.

According to Carbon Trust research as much as 80% of a company's total carbon impact lies outside their direct operational control (i.e. their Scope 3 emissions). Every tonne of carbon emitted needlessly represents a cost of between £200 and £400 per tonne to a business, based on today's energy prices.
The science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials has selected and implemented credit360's sustainability data management system to gather, analyse and communicate company-wide environmental data.
As sustainability reporting and performance management continue to professionalize, companies are increasingly turning to specialist sustainability software providers. The 2013 Groom Energy Buyer's Guide identifies no fewer than 75 vendors, from big generic software companies to small start-ups entering the market with external funding. As report author Paul Baier, VP of Sustainability Consulting and Research at Groom Energy, notes, "credit360 distinguishes itself as a leader with a comprehensive product that has been selected by a strong set of global companies to manage carbon accounting and sustainability performance across their global operations."
credit360 will be used within Norway Post to drive environmental performance improvement throughout their expanding and increasingly complex operational structure. The system will help the organisation meet ambitious performance targets like a CO2 reduction target of 30% of 2008 levels by 2015.
credit360 and Carbon Trust are hosting an upcoming webinar on the topic of Scope 3 reporting. Join us as we discuss GHG reporting as it stands today, the incorporation of the new Scope 3 protocol and tools to help report to the new standard.
credit360, the award winning sustainability software provider, has joined the ENERGY STAR partnership program. Over 100 organizations including McDonald's, Mattel, PG&E and ProLogis use credit360 solutions to collect, analyze and communicate sustainability data. A key aspect of this is the collection of energy data from commercial properties - essential for evaluating and improving building efficiency as well as contributing to enterprise level energy and carbon reporting.

CAMBRIDGE, UK/CHICAGO, IL, USA

HEINEKEN will use the credit360 system to gather, analyse and communicate quarterly sustainability performance across their global operations. This supports HEINEKEN's industry leading 'Green Gauge' scorecard initiative, and replaces a resource-intensive Excel based approach with a single web-based system. HEINEKEN committed to upgrading to a 'Green Gauge 2.0' system in their 2011 Sustainability Report; after a competitive selection process, credit360 was identified as the software provider to deliver against this commitment.

The Carbon Trust and credit360 today announce a new commercial collaboration that will develop a series of software solutions designed to enable companies to cost effectively manage value chain carbon emissions. For the first time a carbon management system will be available that goes beyond measurement and provides in-built capability to calculate, interpret and make recommendations on carbon reduction activities.

On Monday, we joined over 180 of the world's leading sustainability experts gathered at Ethical Corporation's glamorous awards ceremony dinner in London. We're proud and delighted to have won the award for Best Sustainability Software.

The judges praised "the versatility and widespread use of credit360's software, which is used by a number of leading brands on a variety of sustainability issues from reporting to supply chain management". In their opinion, "credit360 demonstrated an early leadership position and continuing evolution in serving both customers and society and the environment and so is a deserved winner".

We've just been shortlisted in the Best Sustainability Software category of this year's Ethical Corporation awards. This is the 3rd year credit360 and its clients have been recognised by Ethical Corporation for our work and achievements. In 2009 Produce World won an award for their innovative approach to reporting featuring their target dashboards. In 2011 Man Group were shortlisted for their "straight to web" interface for data collection.
ArcelorMittal, a leading steel and mining company, has selected credit360 to manage its CR assessment across local operations in 60 countries. The assessment results are used to measure the level of compliance of each of its business units against the company's four CR pillars (Workplace, Governance, Environment and Communities). The results help also to highlight key issues and create an action plan to drive performance.
The credit360 client network is rapidly expanding; our sustainability data management solutions are now used by 105 clients all around the world. From Brazil (Ultra, Unimed Rio) to Singapore & Hong Kong (CDL, HK Electric), in the past year alone we've starting working with 25 new companies. Our solutions are already available in multiple languages, and we have a range of language skills in our support team. We've now built on this by adding four new languages to our public website, so you can now access case studies and general information about all our solutions, from Supply Chain to EHS and all the bits in between.
On February 22nd, over 200 sustainability professionals tuned in as the CDP and its carbon calculation partners discussed adopting the Scope 3 GHG reporting protocol. In response to continued interest in this topic, we will be taking this discussion a step further by exploring the differing options for managing Scope 3 emissions using the credit360 system.
O2 is a leading provider of mobile and broadband services to 22m UK consumers and businesses.

Sustainability is a core part of O2's business strategy, but they seemed to be spending most of their time and money producing their sustainability report rather than implementing change. With deadlines approaching, a packed work schedule to manage and some aggressive sustainability targets, the team at O2 needed an easy way to produce their sustainability report which was cost effective and would not strain their resources.

Ultra, one of the largest companies in Brazil, has selected credit360 to manage its global sustainability data. The system will be used to manage environment, safety, human resource, supply chain and product services data to meet their annual GRI-aligned sustainability reporting needs.
credit360 a specialist provider of sustainability software, is working with Trucost, the environmental data experts, to provide environmental performance benchmarking data to its global client base.

November 22nd, 2011: credit360 today announced its collaboration with Trucost, the firm responsible for the environmental performance metric in Newsweek's annual Green Rankings of the world's largest companies. The partnership enables credit360 to provide environmental benchmarking reports to its clients, via a portal on its web-based sustainability platform.
Atkins is one of the worlds' leading engineering and design consultancies, employing 17,700 people worldwide and earning revenues of circa £1.56 billion. Atkins is committed to establishing more sustainable practices in the construction sector and achieving a low carbon society through carbon critical design. Atkins has made submissions to the CDP from 2006, achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for UK in 2009 and is currently ranked 11th in the FTSE350 CDP ratings.
International Personal Finance, a leading international provider of home credit and finance services with 2.3 million customers, 27,213 agents in 6 countries and over 6,100 employees, has selected credit360 to manage data collection in support of a diverse portfolio of reporting practices across their entire enterprise. The credit360 system will be used to manage environment data, compliance information, human resource data, supplier information and data related to media relations.
Bidvest, based in Johannesburg South Africa, is an international services trading and distribution company operating on four continents and employing 106,000 people worldwide. Bidvest recently selected credit360 to streamline global corporate responsibility data collection and reporting across a broad set of indicators produced by over 150 businesses in the group.
The new module provides companies with a sophisticated supply chain management solution designed specifically to support forest product purchasing programs.
The supply chain is the new frontier for sustainable business. Once your core operations are in order, a look up the supply chain can often reveal unexpected sustainability risks and opportunities.

When supply chains are typically large, multi-tiered and ever changing - how do we effectively manage the process of getting supplier information? Or perhaps more importantly, what questions should you ask your suppliers?

It will be a story many of you are familiar with - more stakeholders asking for more information more frequently. On the plus side, it's real evidence that this kind of information is being taken seriously, but how can an annual printed report meet such expectations?
At the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) annual gathering, "The Event" this year, the association's Sustainability team launched the START platform, developed by credit360.
The World Finance Awards were created in 2007 to identify industry leaders, individuals, teams and organisations that represent the benchmark of achievement and best practice in the financial and business world.