Sustainable Brand Benchmark Methodology

One of the biggest challenges in the sustainability industry is the need for more normalized data on sustainable procurement. Today, there are more standards that define sustainability than most consumers and companies can understand. At CommonShare we are launching the world’s most comprehensive system for the comparative evaluation of companies on their commitments to sustainable production and consumption.

CommonShare’s Sustainable Brand Benchmark® allows companies, consumers, governments, and investors to easily benchmark sustainable procurement performance across each industry. The data powering on the benchmark is continually updated through a combination of human research, machine learning algorithms, LLM driven AI, brand survey response, and real time management of company data within CommonShare’s platform.

The first version of the Sustainable Brand Benchmark® launched in April 2023. New industry categories will be rolled out throughout 2023 and 2024 with the goal of 10 industry benchmarks covering over 100k+ entities. We believe this will provide a meaningful contribution towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption).

Data from members of CommonShare is used to rebalance the benchmark quarterly with data submissions required by May 31st, August 31st, November 30th, and February 28th of each year. Non-members have the opportunity to include their data on November 30th of each year.

Companies in the top half of the distribution for their industry are eligible for CommonShare’s Sustainable Brand Accreditation®.

Obtaining a grade for each Company

We specifically look at 5 dimensions: Credibility, Relevance, Commitment, Traceability, and Accessibility. Each Company obtains a grade between 1 to 5 for every dimension, 5 being the highest (best) grade, and 1 being the lowest. We then calculate the average from the total of all the dimensions to obtain the final grade.


Accessibility is defined by how easy it is for consumers to actually find products that are sustainable from the brand. For many holding companies, consumers do not even understand the ownership structure across brands, let alone know how to make sustainable purchases within an individual brand. Most consumers would never think of Warren Buffett having control over significant apparel sustainability decisions, but he is given his firm’s ownership of multiple apparel brands. Without a connection between ownership, brand, and purchasing decisions, certifications can only do so much to advance sustainable production and consumption.

Variables used:

Does the company use third-party certification attribution at the product level in digital platforms?
Are products filterable search for sustainable products in digital environments?
Is location data on availability of sustainable products?

CommonShare members can manage digitally verified product level claims in third-party environments including eCommerce platforms, marketplaces, and product packaging. Further, CommonShare members can manage details on certified products available at geomapped retail locations. 


Companies defined by transparent ownership structures with digitally accessible sustainable product collections defined by third-party certifications.
Digitally accessible sustainable product collections defined by third-party certifications.
Digitally accessible sustainable product collections.
Sustainability claims mentioned, but not at product level.
No known sustainable products.