ACT Principal Documents

Learn about ACT’s contribution to corporate climate accountability.

ACT Framework

The ACT Framework explains the principles for developing an ACT sectoral methodology. These principles are based on best practice as set out in the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR), ISEAL alliance credibility principles, and ISO development principles. The Framework also explains the methodology implementation principles, which consider GRI, IIRC, SASB, Arista 3.0, and the GHG Protocol principles. It includes requirements, rationales and guidance for assessment and rating for all sectors. It enables a deeper understanding of the underlying architecture and reasoning behind the ACT approach; however, it does not provide the details required to understand how individual sectors will be assessed under ACT. It is intended to supplement the ACT sector methodologies and provide the necessary background to their development.

ACT Sector Methodologies Development

The ACT Sector Methodologies Development document is designed for companies and individuals part of the Technical Working Groups (TWG) or who contribute to the methodologies. The document covers the three phases of an ACT sector methodology development. It expands the principles set out in the ACT Framework to the development of new ACT sector methodologies. The development of an ACT sector methodology includes the production of the associated tools including the ACT questionnaire to measure the indicators and produce an ACT ratings.

ACT Cement

This document provides key findings of  the ACT Cement methodology roadtest. Conducted in 2020 with volonteered companies, the report includes average results for the sample. Following the roadtest it was confirmed the methodology is a good planning tool for cement companies.

ACT Transport

This report provides key findings of the ACT Transport methodology roadtest. It gives average results for the sample of companies assessed. It includes participating companies’ feedback on how ACT assessment is challenging their operations and can help them to take actions based on GHG emissions accounting.

ACT Oil & Gas

This report provides the key findings of the assessment and an overview of results for the sector. This report concludes that the companies in this sector must strengthen their decarbonisation ambitions and actions. Companies must increase their transparency to better allow stakeholders to understand the company’s impacts, actions and ambitions on climate change.

ACT Pilot Full Report

ACT Auto, Retail, Electric Utility

This is the full report of findings from the ACT pilot project. It includes a detailed account of the project, its approach, the key findings from the development of three sector methodologies, a reflection on the development process and outputs, and an indication of the next steps for ACT.

ACT Roadtest with French companies

ACT Auto, Retail, Electric Utility, Transport, Property Developer & Real Estate, Building, and Agro Food

This document provides the key findings of the ACT roadtest carried out by ADEME in France in 2017 with a sample of 30 SMEs and Mid-cap companies (“ETIs”). This involved broadening the scope of the ACT method (development of new sectors, adaptation to SMEs/Mid-cap firms) and testing the implementation of the method on a larger scale and in different contexts (French low-carbon strategy).

ACT Pilot Project - Public consultation

This document is the formal summary of responses from the consultation feedback exercise on the ACT pilot methodologies, electric utilities, auto manufacturing and retail, that ran from February 2016 – January 2017.

ACT Executive Summary

This is an executive summary of findings from the ACT pilot project, including an introduction to the project and its approach, findings from the development of three sector-specific methodologies, and an indication of the next steps for ACT.

ACT Step by Step Prefiguration Study

As the vast majority of businesses have not yet integrated the upcoming low-carbon transition into their strategies, many of them are looking for guidance and support to do so. This prefiguration study was carried out in this context, with the objective of designing the draft version of an ACT Step by Step model.