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Guidelines

Guidelines for the three types of adopters are roughly the same, but tuned to the industry orientation.

Guidelines for Design Firm Adopters

  1. Publicly declare participation in the Designers Accord.
  2. Initiate a dialogue about environmental and social impact and sustainable alternatives with each and every client. Rework client contracts to favor environmentally and socially responsible design and work processes. Provide strategic and material alternatives for sustainable design.
  3. Undertake a program to educate your teams about sustainability and sustainable design.
  4. Consider your ethical footprint. Understand the environmental impact of your firm, and work to measure, manage, and reduce it on an annual basis.
  5. Advance the understanding of environmental and social issues from a design perspective by actively contributing to the communal knowledge base for sustainable design.

View the list of design firm adopters on the Core77/BusinessWeek Design Firm Directory

Guidelines for Corporate Adopters

  1. Publicly declare participation in the Designers Accord.
  2. Provide strategic and material alternatives for sustainable design of products and services, and pledge to help customers reduce their negative impact.
  3. Undertake a program to educate your teams about sustainability and sustainable design.
  4. Consider your ethical footprint. Understand the environmental impact of your organization, and work to measure, manage, and reduce it on an annual basis.
  5. Advance the understanding of environmental and social issues from a design perspective by actively contributing to the communal knowledge base for sustainable design.

View the list of the Corporate Adopters

Guidelines for Educational Institution Adopters

  1. Publicly declare participation in the Designers Accord.
  2. Initiate a dialogue about environmental and social impact and sustainable alternatives with every student and colleague in your educational program. Rework curricula and assignments to emphasize environmentally and socially responsible design and work processes. Provide course content, lectures, and assignments that focus on strategic and material alternatives for sustainable design.
  3. Undertake a program to educate your colleagues about sustainability and sustainable design, and plan the integration of these concepts into course curricula.
  4. Consider your ethical footprint. Understand the environmental impact of your institution, and work to measure, manage, and reduce it on an annual basis.
  5. Advance the understanding of environmental and social issues from a design perspective by actively contributing to the communal knowledge base for sustainable design.

View the list of Educational Adopters