FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – PRé Consultants, a pioneer in the field of life cycle assessment since 1990, has joined the Sustainability Consortium in support of the organization’s science-based work toward a more sustainable global supply chain. The company joins an independent group of global organizations working to drive sustainability in products through all lifecycle stages. The consortium is co-directed by the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University.

“This initiative represents a breakthrough in the field of life cycle management. Never before has the world seen such a powerful assembly of manufacturers, retailers and non-governmental organizations gathered together to foster life cycle thinking and transparency in production chains” said Mark Goedkoop, managing director of PRé Consultants. “We strongly believe the consortium will thrive if it adopts the concept of “radical” transparency. Society will not have confidence in proprietary databases. Transparency is therefore key for the success of this initiative.”

“We are excited to welcome PRé Consultants into the consortium,” said Jon Johnson, co-director of the consortium and executive director of the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center. “They are a proven leader in the realm of life cycle management, and their knowledge on impact assessment methods and databases will be a tremendous asset.”

About PRé Consultants
PRé Consultants has over 20 years of experience in the field of life cycle management supporting industry and governments with the development of more sustainable products and services. PRé develops the world’s leading life cycle assessment software, SimaPro, distributed through a partner network to users in over 80 countries. Eco-indicator 99 and ReCiPe are two important impact-assessment methods developed by PRé Consultants, which also invests heavily in building capacity in developing countries. PRé has also always been at the forefront of global sustainability initiatives; a platinum sponsor of the United Nations Environment Program / Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry lifecycle initiative, and the very first sponsor of the Earthster project. Learn more at www.pre.nl.

About the Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation for innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. It develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a transparent process and system, not individuals or organizations. The University of Arkansas and Arizona State University jointly administer the Sustainability Consortium, which began in 2009 and currently has more than 60 members. Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.