This is a short version of the criteria. If you're planning to submit a green solution to The Explorer, please read the full version of the criteria.
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The Explorer assesses companies and solutions based on the information submitted by the companies. Companies are themselves responsible for verifying that all information they submit is correct.
The Explorer has an editorial staff and external advisory boards of experts in good business practice, greenness, sustainability and scalability. The staff will consult the advisory boards if there is doubt relating to any of the criteria. Companies can also ask for their solution to be assessed by an advisory board.
What is good business practice?
Good business practice is defined by
- The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
- The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact
All companies and organisations that present a solution in The Explorer must confirm that they work in accordance with these principles and guidelines, and that they conduct risk analyses to identify and mitigate negative impacts of both their own operations and their business relationships.
What is a green solution?
Green solutions are defined as technologies, products and processes that reduce impact, directly or indirectly, on the environment compared to their current alternatives.
All solutions presented in The Explorer must be covered by this definition.
What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 goals set by the United Nations to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. All solutions presented in The Explorer must address at least one of these goals.
What is scalability?
A scalable business model offers the potential for international growth and increased production without being limited by the company’s structure or potentially available resources.
Companies are not required to have a scalable business model to be able to present a solution in The Explorer. Companies without scalable business models, however, may be contacted by The Explorer staff for further clarification.
Want to know more?
Here are some straight-to-the-point articles on everything you need to know about The Explorer:
- This is The Explorer, to learn what it's all about and how it works
- Birth of The Explorer, to learn where it all began
- Strategic Advisory Board, to learn who guides us along the way
- Criteria for publishing a solution in The Explorer, to learn what it takes to be presented in The Explorer
- Style guide for The Explorer, to learn how to best present your solution