Sustainability Review Guidelines

Sustainability review is about how the company manages it’s issues related to environmental, social and governance responsibility. It doesn’t have to be an in-depth analysis of the company, it can be just the little things you’ve noticed. Every little piece of information can help other consumers to make sustainable choices.

When writing a review from an ethical perspective, it’s important to consider three key categories: social, environmental, and governance. Here are some hints and guidelines for addressing each category in your reviews:

Environment

Harmful materials and ingredients
Using renewable energy
Waste management
Emissions and Pollution
Supply Chain and Sourcing
Efficient lightning
Recycling

Social

Adequate pay for work
Taking care of the safety and health of workers
Working conditions
Participating in fairtrade
Equality between the genders
Inclusion
Community engagement
Human rights
Animal welfare

Governance

Planning from the point of view of sustainable development
Regular internal and external audits
Clearly defined and up-to-date business plans
Encourage employees, subcontractors and other partners to report suspected abuses
Data privacy and security
Ethically conscious investments
Transparency
Complying with the rules of audits and regulatory bodies
Tax evasion
No greenwashing

Honesty and Accuracy

  • Be honest in your review, providing accurate information about your experience
  • Avoid exaggerations or fabrications that may mislead readers or damage a business’s reputation
  • If you made a mistake or were misinformed, correct it promptly to maintain your credibility

Objectivity

  • Approach your review with an objective mindset, setting aside personal biases or emotional reactions
  • Focus on the facts and specific details of your experience rather than generalizations or assumptions
  • Recognize that experiences can vary, so try to present a balanced perspective

Constructive Criticism

  • Offer constructive feedback that can help both the business and future customers
  • Avoid personal attacks or inflammatory language, as they undermine the value of your review
  • Maintain a professional tone and language throughout your review

Remember to provide specific examples to support your claims in each category. By considering social, environmental, and governance factors, you can contribute to a more comprehensive and holistic review that covers various ethical aspects of a business.

How to find information about company’s ethical business practices

  • Ask questions from the company personnel and get to know the company personally. Mentioning that you are writing a review on our platform may help to get more detailed information.
  • Visit the company’s official website. Look for sections like “About Us,” “Our Values,” or “Corporate Responsibility.”
  • Social Media and Online Discussions: Engage with online communities, forums, or social media platforms where discussions about the company’s ethical practices may take place.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reports: Check if the company publishes CSR reports or sustainability reports.
  • Regulatory and Legal Compliance: Check if there have been any regulatory actions, fines, or legal cases involving the company related to ethical misconduct.
  • Code of Conduct/Ethics: Look for the company’s Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics. These documents outline the company’s guiding principles and standards of behavior.
  • News and Press Releases.
  • External Sources: Conduct a broader search using search engines to find articles, news stories, or investigative reports from reputable sources.
  • Industry Rankings and Awards: Explore industry rankings and awards that recognize companies for their ethical practices and sustainability efforts.