Evaluating Sustainability Tradeoffs

4Evaluate the Resulting Tradeoffs

Are the tradeoffs acceptable? Can they be minimized or mitigated in some way?

  • If yes, consider adopting the practice or policy now or re-considering when the tradeoffs can be mitigated
  • If no, decline or defer adoption until negative impacts can be addressed or offset

Once complete, this process can be used to explain the rationale behind your sustainability commitments, to illustrate the potential impacts of changes you may be asked to make, and to support decisions to change or continue certain practices or policies.

For more information on using this information when responding to a request for a sustainability commitment in a specific area, please see the accompanying Response Decision Process module.