Blueprint 3: Data

Data integration, contextualization & activation for multicapital accounting

The Data Blueprint proposes a general specification for data architecture and information systems to accurately measure progress toward financial, economic, social and environmental sustainability via dynamic interlinkages between the individual company (micro), industry (meso), and environmental, social, and economic systems (macro) levels in order to spur the emergence of a truly green, regenerative, inclusive, and open global economy. Taking a “Positive Maverick” approach, it transcends the incrementalist approaches to data of ESG to focus on transforming raw data into insightful information, decision-useful intelligence, and actionable knowledge. The general specification is based on three primary dimensions necessary for building out a data infrastructure that fulfills the potential of triggering transformative systems change:

  • Integration of the multiple capitals (natural, human, social, built, and financial) to optimize positive synergies between and amongst them, to better support the creation of financial, societal (shared), and system value (to employ a recently coined term.)
  • Contextualization of organization-level impacts on the multiple capitals within the  carrying capacities of those capitals at the systems level, either a virtuous (regenerative) or vicious (degenerative) cycle.
  • Activation of responses when the sustainability of any capitals – and hence the potential for biota well-being and human fulfillment – is placed at significant risk. Data without engagement falls short of its potential; “activated” data fulfills its potential of driving the change signaled by integrated, contextualized data.

Throughout this report, the Data Blueprint cites examples of shortcomings and gaps in need of filling, as well as emerging best practices that exemplify approaches to data integration and contextualization that serve multicapital accounting. And each of the 3 primary chapters (on Integration, Contextualization, and Activation) ends with a series of Recommendations for relevant constituencies such as reporters, standard-setters, governments and intermediaries, and investors and other stakeholders, framed at 3 maturity levels from educate to advocate to accelerate. Following the release and publication of this Data Blueprint report, Reporting 3.0 is launching its Beta Testing Program to pilot Recommendations from the Blueprint. This report profiles a few of these pilot projects.

Data Blueprint

Data Blueprint Repository

Lead Author

Bill Baue

Senior Director

Reporting 3.0

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Working Group Members

Bill Baue

Bill Baue

Reporting 3.0

 

Louis Coppola

Louis Coppola

Governance & Accountability Institute

 

Jed Davis

Jed Davis

Cabot Creamery

 

Niels Faber

Niels Faber

Radboud University

 

Johannes Friedrich

Johannes Friedrich

World Resources Institute

 

Leo Bonanni

Leo Bonanni

Sourcemap

 

Julie Gorte

Julie Gorte

Pax World Investments

 

Jeff Gowdy

Jeff Gowdy

PivotGoals

 

Henk Hadders

Henk Hadders

University of Groningen

 

Ann Hoogenboom

Ann Hoogenboom

Cabot Creamery

 

Sheer El Showk

Sheer El Showk

Lore AI

 

Vishal Kapadia

Vishal Kapadia

WikiRate

 

Tariq Khokhar

Tariq Khokhar

World Bank

 

Monika Kumar

Monika Kumar

World Bank

 

Brendan LeBlanc

Brendan LeBlanc

EY

 

Sanford Lewis

Sanford Lewis

Sanford J. Lewis Attorney

 

Mark McElroy

Mark McElroy

Center for Sustainable Organizations

 

Jiro Olcott

Jiro Olcott

Guard Global

 

Stephen Russell

Stephen Russell

World Resources Institute

 

Emma Stewart

Emma Stewart

Autodesk

 

Andrew Winston

Andrew Winston

PivotGoals

 

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