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Understanding the Impact of Your Product

A breakdown of the metrics on the Product Impact page - what they measure, and why they're important.

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Written by Jemima Snow
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For food brands, CPGs and retailers, product-level sustainability comprises a majority of your company’s overall environmental and social impact. The agricultural practices involved in growing or raising the ingredients in your product all have an impact on the surrounding environment, ranging from land use change and water usage, to greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and the use of synthetic chemicals.

HowGood draws on 600+ data sources to bring you comprehensive, ingredient-level insights in order to derive your product’s sustainability impact. The Formula Profile page in Latis is your go-to dashboard for understanding the impact of an individual product or formula. Here’s how to read the insights on this page:

1. HowGood Impact Score

The HowGood Impact Score is a score out of 100 that provides a comprehensive assessment of your product's impact on our planet and communities. It takes into account the impact of a product across eight core sustainability metrics, which you can read more about in the Product Overview section.

You can also see how your product’s HowGood Impact Score stacks up against the industry standard, by comparing it to the food industry as a whole, or your specific product category.

Click here to read more about how the HowGood Impact Score is calculated.

2. Sustainability Attributes

Sustainability attributes are characteristics or indicators of the sustainability of a product based on a multi-faceted assessment of factors, including farming practices, certifications, and other ingredient sourcing information. They offer a straightforward and reliable way for both retailers and customers to assess products on attributes they care about, and provide insight into how a product performs relative to others in its category.

3. Carbon Footprint

Understanding your product’s greenhouse gas emissions is important, as human-induced GHGs are the primary driver of global warming, climate change and its impacts around the world - including habitat and biodiversity loss, food insecurity, drought, desertification, severe storms and wildfires.

The Formula Profile page can display any number of Carbon Footprint metrics that assess your product’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs). Here, we show:

a. Carbon Footprint (Cradle-to-Farm Gate)
This metric shows your product’s raw GHG emissions from farm to farm gate, measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram of product.

b. Carbon Footprint (Cradle-to-Grave)
This metric shows your product’s GHG emissions across the entire carbon life cycle, from farm to processing, manufacturing, retail and disposal. It is measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram of product.

c. Carbon Footprint (Annual Cradle-to-Grave)
This metric shows your product’s total raw GHG emissions across the life cycle, measured in total kilograms of CO2e.

d. Carbon Life Cycle

This section gives you a breakdown of your product’s carbon footprint across 12 stages of the full carbon life cycle, measured in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram of product.

Navigate to the Carbon tab for more options to add to your Favorites.

4. Nutri-Score

The Nutri-Score is a European scoring system that awards grades to food products on a color-coded scale of A to E, designed to convey nutritional value at a glance.

Food products that receive an A grade are considered healthier and are typically high in fiber, vegetables, fruits, and/or protein. Food products that are high in saturated fats, sugar, and/or salt are more likely to score an E and are considered less healthy.

You can find this and more nutrition details on the People tab.

Click here to read more about Nutri-Score.

5. Eco-Score

The Eco-Score is a European scoring system that awards grades to food products on a scale of A to E. The score summarizes 16 environmental impacts based on life cycle analysis and adds or deducts points for five additional environmental indicators related to standards and certifications, transport, environmental policy, endangered species, and packaging. Food products that receive an A grade are considered very low impact. Food products that receive an E grade are considered to have a very high environmental impact.

You can find this and other metrics on the Nature tab.

Click here to read more about Eco-Score.

6. Impact Details

The Product Overview section shows how your product stacks up against our eight core metrics and deforestation risk. Each metric Your product is assessed for each metric on an impact spectrum, which ranges from red on the degenerative end, to green on the regenerative end. You’ll also find the corresponding score on a scale of 1-10 for each metric.

7. Formula Details

The Formula Details section provides a breakdown of impact at the ingredient-level. You’ll be able to assess the impact of each of the ingredients in your product across each of the 9 metrics. This will give you more granular insight into the overall impact score of your product. Each ingredient’s score is color coded according to where it falls on the impact spectrum, helping you to quickly identify high risk ingredients and metrics.

This is where you can re-imagine your formula, testing different origin location options and ingredient composition. As you’re viewing values, you can choose whether to measure impact by kilogram, or by that ingredient’s specific contribution to the impact.

8. Other Details

In this section, you can add and manage the other inputs that power our metrics, such as product standards and manufacturing types. These details inform impact as follows:

  1. Standards inform impact scores for this formula and any formulas that contain it as a material.

  2. Agribalyze category informs the Eco-Score.

  3. Status tracks the formula’s stage in your development workflow.

  4. Packaging informs cradle-to-grave carbon metrics and Eco-Score.

  5. Unit Size (kg) informs annual carbon metrics.

  6. Units Sold (annual) informs annual carbon metrics.

  7. Requires Cooking informs cradle-to-grave carbon metrics.

  8. Requires Cold Storage informs cradle-to-grave carbon metrics.

  9. Manufacturing Type informs cradle-to-gate carbon metrics.

  10. Manufacturing Region informs cradle-to-gate carbon metrics.

  11. Warehouse Region informs cradle-to-grave carbon metrics.

  12. Retail Region informs cradle-to-grave carbon metrics.

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