Selected Research and Publications

Solid research is a cornerstone of our work.

The first step in a campaign to shift corporate behaviour often involves identifying the exact size, scope and nature of the problem we're working to change, and pinpointing a company's potential to change its behaviour in a way that would have significant impacts on forest protection or climate pollution. Over the past 15 years, we have worked with more than 90 clients on hundreds of investigative research projects.

Although the vast majority of our research is confidential, we’ve also contributed to some publicly available reports for clients, as well as publications for our own campaigns. In the last year, our Stand campaigns have tracked supposedly-recyclable Starbucks cups from a coffee chain straight to the Denver landfill, uncovered shocking air pollution levels on the deck of Carnival's cruise ships, and made connections between air pollution impacts around the world and the coal used to power Levi's factories.

Download a selection of our research and publications here:

05 Dec 2014
REPORT FOR NRDC – We prepared this report for NextGen NRDC so they could project the extent that tar sands crude from Canada will reach the US west coast refining market (California and Washington states) by 2040 under various scenarios.
01 Jan 2008
REPORT FOR BISG – This report, the first of its kind, was commissioned to help the US book industry understand its environmental impacts, assess possible areas for improvement, and make specific recommendations about improving its ecological footprint. It was prepared for the Book Industry Study Group and Green Press Initiative.