There are 5 steps to collecting data for a specific sector.
#1 Confidentiality agreement
This is the first key step. The data we work with is sensitive, as it concerns industrial know-how. We position ourselves as a trusted third party. We store the data on a protected server and identify which members of our team have access to it. This is the point at which the work begins and forms the basis of mutual trust.
#2 Contributor questionnaire: keeping it simple without being simplistic
This is where our expertise lies. To design the questionnaire that will be sent to each manufacturer, we consider the industry’s priority issues.
#3 Feedback from contributors
Responses from manufacturers are analyzed as they arrive. We check for consistency, quality, and get back to each contributor if necessary.
#4 Data compilation
Once we’ve received all the responses, we anonymize them, and calculate an « industry » average, as well as an overall indicator of the quality of this average, following the internationally recommended method and the latest scientific developments.
#5 Summary reports
This report contains anonymized average data only. Subject to the agreement of the industry and its members, they may be published in life-cycle inventory databases.
We also produce a confidential report for each contributor, comparing their data with the average, with recommendations for improvement.