Alliander’s Integrated Impact

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True Price has mapped the impact of all activities of Alliander, the largest energy network supplier of the Netherlands. We looked at impacts on six capitals: financial, produced, intellectual, environmental, social and human capital. For this, we used our Integrated Profit and Loss tool and worked together with Ecofys.

Alliander has set itself high ambitions with respect insight into their impacts, both positive and negative. In 2016, Alliander and True Price, together with Ecofys, started with the quantification and monetization of Allianders impacts, such as the impact of CO2 emissions or the employment of people with a distance to the labor market.

The calculations of the impacts have been published in Allianders annual report and a seperate impact report. Please read the annual report (in Dutch) here and the impact analysis (in Dutch) here.

May the best farmer win!

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How does the true price of organic agriculture differ from conventional agriculture?

Adrian de Groot Ruiz gave an interview about organic versus conventional agriculture on Business News Radio (in Dutch). You can listen to the whole interview, in response to a statement of Louise Fresco, the President of Wageningen University and Research. (His part starts at 22 minutes) here.

Read a summary of the questions and answers below:

Interview on BNR Duurzaam

Adrian de Groot Ruiz as an expert on this statement:
“Organic agriculture is less productive than conventional agriculture”

Journalist Frederique Mol is the interviewer.

The real costs are not included in the price consumers pay. Who pays for these?
Society pays. For example, when CO2 emissions go up, there will be more floods. We will need to build more dams and the productivity of agriculture will go down. These are costs which are real, but the person enjoying the piece of chocolate does not pay for it.

Which information do you need to judge the statement?
Environment is the most interesting, because the advantage is that organic agriculture is better per hectare. There is less use of pesticides and herbicides, there is less loss of soil quality and less CO2 emissions per hectare. The disadvantage is there is less produce per hectare.

How do you calculate the real price?
Multiply the costs per hectare with efficiency. With the use of pesticides and herbicides, you determine the loss of species and value the different species. With CO2 you take the societal costs. We calculate 110 euros for a ton of CO2.

Does organic agriculture perform better than conventional agriculture?
The most leading studies show that the yield is about 20 percent lower.

That sounds like bad news for organic agriculture. Can we put a price on it?
No, and that is the interesting part. This is what we should measure, but it differs per continent and per product. To be fair, we don’t know. So it’s important that everyone measures and reports their true price. For example, an organic trader, Eosta, reports their costs per hectare, but we would like to see the costs per product and then: may the best farmer win!

True Price launches new products

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True Price introduces a range of new tools tailored for businesses & financials and NGO’s & Institutions. We leverage on our world leading expertise in impact measurement and valuation to help professionals manage impacts. Our products build onto the familiar concepts that we developed like True Pricing and the Integrated Profit and Loss.

Please explore how we help businesses & financial institutions and NGO’s & Institutions.

Alliander and Schiphol top Transparency Benchmark

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Our partners Alliander and Schiphol became first and second in the prestigious Transparency Benchmark 2016.

As Alliander topped the list, they won the Crystal Prize. The Jury of the Price mentioned that Alliander focuses on the tradeoffs between interests of its stakeholders and new forms of value creation (p.20). Schiphol was commended for their focus on the future role of an airport and its innovative way of showing their value creation (p.20).

The Transparency Benchmark is the most important price for Annual Accounts in the Netherlands. The winner of last year was AkzoNobel.

The jury report can be found here.