The GEMI SD Planner™ and GEMI SD Gateway
is a detailed, comprehensive planning tool that you can use to
establish baseline performance, assess opportunities, set goals, develop
action plans and evaluate progress towards your sustainable development
objectives. This software tool was created because the members of GEMI
recognize the need and opportunity for business to address
environmental, economic and social issues in a way that creates business
™ is a detailed,
comprehensive planning tool that you can use to establish baseline
performance, assess opportunities, set goals, develop action plans and
evaluate progress towards your sustainable development objectives. Use
of this tool will assist you in identifying the critical sustainable
development issues that are important to your business activities. SD Planner™
is not a Code of Conduct for companies. It is not designed to suggest
that companies should be actively engaged in all of the elements. It is a
tool to be used internally within companies that recognize the
importance of systematically considering environmental, economic
development and social equity issues in a way that creates the most
value for their business enterprise.
™ is designed for
use by a variety of different groups within a company/organization. It
is optimized for use by a business unit, but it can also be used by a
corporate group on behalf of the company as a whole. Typically, a
functional group will assume a lead role for applying the tool, and a
specific individual or team will be responsible for actually entering
information and generating results. However, because of the broad scope
of the tool, it is likely that this team will need to interface with
representatives from several functional areas, potentially including
strategic planning, marketing, communications, human resources,
operations, distribution, research and development, finance and
environmental, health and safety. The team will also need to define the
organizational scope of the tool’s application (e.g., wholly owned subsidiaries, partially owned subsidiaries, joint ventures, contractors, investments).
the composition of the team and the functional groups that need to
contribute, there are several possible methods of application:
information gatherer can be assigned to collect all of the responses
necessary to complete the diagnostic and assessment portions of SD Planner™. This can be accomplished through a series of interviews with functional specialists.
user can generate paper copies of the assessment forms for the various
SD elements, distribute these to appropriate specialists along with
relevant guidance, and then compile the results.
user can invite the required specialists to complete the assessments
electronically. This should be done on a single hardware platform, since
SD Planner™ does not support integration of distributed data from multiple sources.
The architecture of SD Planner™
is based on a simple five-step planning process that correspond to the
three major activities that the tool supports as depicted in the figure
on the following page:
This step is
the starting point for any application, and enables you to identify your
company context, key issues, and initial focus. This information will
influence SD Planner™’s recommendations regarding potential goals and actions.
The assessment activity is the heart of the tool, and consists of three steps that can be performed iteratively:
enables you to apply a set of assessment templates that characterize your company’s SD status for specified elements.
enables you to set goals for specified SD elements.
at any point during the assessment, to compare status against goals for
specified SD elements, and thus identify gaps.
- Action Planning: This
step proposes actions that will address the gaps identified above, and
enables you to print action planning reports for specified SD elements.
Context-specific guidance is available at all times to help define and illustrate the SD concepts being presented. SD Planner™
is extremely flexible, so that you can work on the above steps for
selected SD elements in any order, and can save partially completed
assessments for later revision and updating.
Most likely, SD Planner™
will be used over an extended period of time, involving multiple
sessions of information gathering, assessment, revision, planning, and
updating. For companies that embark upon an SD program, it can serve as
an ongoing repository of status information to support tracking of
In addition, the graphical nature of SD Planner™
allows it to be used not only for assessment and planning purposes, but
also to support status briefings to management, dialogues with internal
and external stakeholders, and development of communication materials.