Toolkit to Access and Identify Next Steps

NPP Corporate Toolkit


Net Positive Maturity Model


Net Positive Corporate Toolkit

The NPP aims to help companies and systems transform through net positive, delivering business and sustainability benefits. To that end, we have developed a set of resources and tools to support companies in committing to and implementing net positive.

 
 

Net Positive Maturity Model: Self Assessment

The Net Positive Maturity Model recognizes that net positive is a journey. It aims to support organizations to review and identify steps along this journey against defined levels of maturity of key elements to each Net Positive Principle.

  • The Net Positive Maturity Model provides net positive practitioners with a tool to:

    • Assess current approaches against progress levels attributed to key elements of each Net Positive

    • Guiding Principle.

    • Identify gaps and opportunities to take the next step on the net positive journey.

  • Companies are likely to be at different levels of maturity for different elements of net positive, or may even be at different maturity levels for different related initiatives

  • The maturity model should not be used to support claims of net positive achievement—rather, it is directional guidance to support company’s efforts

 

Net Positive Maturity Model: Material

  • Select the relevant level for each element of NP Principal: Material

  • Is your approach focusing on what matters most?

Element Issue Area: Prioritize Impact and Potential* Include Partners/Stake Holders Integrate Strategy
Question What issue and opportunity areas are being addressed? How does the organization integrate external/indep endent stakeholder views? To what extent does the organization's net positive efforts address its core business?
Level 1 Addresses mostmaterialarea. Any negative impacts created by this approach on another material area are also addressed. Identifies material areas via indirect stakeholder perspectives (e.g. through desk research) Focuses on the strategy of one key business unit or part of the organization. Ownership of strategy is that one team or the Sustainability Team.
Level 2 Addresses the two most material areas Any negative impacts resulting from either issue strategy on another material area are also addressed. Identifies material areas through a stakeholder 'expert' advisory panel. Feedback integrated into Net Positive strategy and implementation Focuses on the strategy of two or more key business units or parts of the organization. Ownership of strategy includes with those key business/organizational teams.
Level 3 Addresses three most material areas. Any negative impacts resulting from either issue strategy on another material area are also addressed. Identifies material areas through direct engagement with stakeholders that both impact the organization, and are impacted by the organization, across global operations. Feedback integrated into Net Positive strategy and implementation. Addresses net positive organization-wide and integrates net positive into core organizational/executive governance. CEO owns the strategy.
Level 4
Net Positive
Addresses all material areas. Net positive strategies focus on all material areas - an organization’s greatest impacts on society and the environment as well as its largest areas of unique future potential. A positive impact in one material issue cannot compensate for the negative impact or ‘footprint’ in another material area. Identifies material areas through direct engagement as in Level 3, however, aspects of the strategy and operational plan are co-created in partnership with key stakeholders. Transforms existing business model, from raw materials to innovation to operations to stakeholder relations / public policy to customer marketing, etc. Every head of department is accountable for a piece of the strategy. It is reviewed alongside commercial targets at the Board level.

Note: This is the only element where a company could be "net positive" without achieving Level 4 by specifying the subject of their NP claim, such as, "Net positive on carbon."

 

Net Positive Maturity Model: Systemic

  • Select the relevant level for each element of NP Principal: Systemic

  • Is your approach influencing change across entire systems?

Element Unit of Focus: Recognize Interdependence Collaborate Widely Scope of System: Create and Enabling Context
Question What units of the value chain / organization are being addressed? How does the organization collaborate with others to create net positive impacts? To what extent does the organization address upstream/dow nstream impacts?
Level 1 Address footprints and handprints of a single product/service/asset/building Seeks information from value chain partners that are directly relevant to the company's net positive efforts, e.g. suppliers of products being evaluated. Addresses direct impacts
Level 2 Address footprints and handprints of an entire component of the organization (e.g. business unit/line) Collaborates with value chain partners to jointly pursue net positive-relevant outcomes. Addresses cradle to gate impacts
Level 3 Address footprints and handprints of the entire organization Collaborates with partners to define and advance value chain-wide approaches to net positive. Addresses cradle to grave impacts
Level 4
Net Positive
Address footprints and handprints of the entire organization plus other actors, such as the organization's sector, geographic region, etc. Broadly collaborates to effect net positive system- wide change through large scale collaboration aimed at defining and pursuing net positive outcomes. Addresses all the systems that the organization influences through activities including and beyond operations - e.g. lobbying, public affairs, etc. The systems being addressed are those raised in the materiality assessment.
 

Net Positive Maturity Model: Regenerative

  • Select the relevant level for each element of NP Principal: Regenerative

  • Is your approach creating long term, sustained and absolute impact?

Element Innovation: Encourage Experimentation Scale of Aspiration: Ground Evidence in Science Context of Impact: Create Long-Term, Positive Impact
Question How does the organization innovate to enhance its positive impacts? What does the company aspire to in how its handprint/con tribution compare to its footprint? Seeks impacts based on relative measures, e.g. a ratio of contribution to footprint
Level 1 Raises awareness of net positive concept as aspiration for sustainable innovation Aspires to make and account for positive contribution impacts Seeks impacts based on relative measures, e.g. a ratio of contribution to footprint
Level 2 Integrates net positive ambition and analysis into R&D and go-to-market Aspires to make and account for positive contribution impacts, and an organizational handprint that is larger than direct operational footprint Seeks net positive impacts with defined absolute impacts, e.g. net positive and achieving "X" impact
Level 3 Pilots and launches innovative offerings based on net positive ambition and analysis Aspires to make and account for positive contribution impacts, and an organizational handprint that is larger than cradle to gate footprint Seeks impacts with absolute measures in the context of contributions to global sustainability efforts (e.g. SDGs, Paris Targets), e.g. net positive and achieving "X" progress against a sector-wide 2 degree pathway
Level 4
Net Positive
Makes fundamental changes to core offering(s) and innovates new approaches to achieve net positive impacts Aspires to make and account for positive contribution impacts, and an organizational handprint that is larger than cradle to grave footprint, including any and all additional organizational impacts Creates impacts with absolute measures in the context of contributions to global sustainability efforts (e.g. SDGs, Paris Targets), with long-term impacts that exist on their own without continued organizational intervention.
 

Net Positive Maturity Model: Transparent

  • Select the relevant level for each element of NP Principal: Transparent

  • Is your approach sharing progress openly and honestly?

Element Commitment and Transparency: Embrace Open Communication Independent Verification: Ensure True and Balanced Reporting Negative Impacts: Demonstrate Progress and Absolute Impact
Question How does the organization describe its net positive commitments and progress? How does the organization verify its net positive approach, methodology, and/or data? How does the organization handle negative impacts created by elements of their net positive strategy?
Level 1 Communicates generally on its aspirations and efforts for net positive Reports aspects of a net positive strategy Acknowledges and qualitatively describes potential negative impacts (e.g. rebound effects, secondary and tertiary effects)
Level 2 Publicly commits to achieve NP ambition in alignment with principles Verifies at least one issue area, through internal auditors Qualitatively describes potential negative impacts, including a strategy to reduce those impacts
Level 3 Reports publicly on its commitment, as well as methodology, metrics, goals, and progress towards that commitment, along with lessons learned Verifies at least one issue area with independent auditors Qualitatively describes potential negative impacts and quantitatively accounts for most material negative impacts, with a defined strategy and set of actions to reduce those impacts
Level 4
Net Positive
Establishes a time-bound commitment and reports publicly on methodology, metrics, goals, and progress towards that commitment, , along with lessons learned. Organization secures verification by an external stakeholder/assurer. Verifies all aspects of a net positive effort with independent auditors Comprehensively and quantitatively describes a full range of potential negative impacts, with a defined strategy and action plan to reduce those impacts in service of a net positive impact