August 20, 2015

Setting Targets and Roadmap for the Dutch FairMeter

Project overview

Metabolic led a workshop with key stakeholders to outline long-term goals and practical steps for further developing the Dutch FairMeter.

Title: Setting Targets and Roadmap for the Dutch FairMeter

Client: Samen Meters Maken

Date delivered: February, 2015


Project leader

Project Description

As a continuation of our work on the Dutch FairMeter, we led a workshop that would guide the developers of the next generation smart meter to lay out a set of long term targets, and a concrete roadmap for the coming ten years.

Integrating fairness and resource tracking in consumer products are powerful approaches to developing an inherently more sustainable and circular product. This is especially true for electronics devices, which have serious labour and material issues throughout their complex supply chain. Some of the main areas of concern in particular are the use of conflict minerals, toxic materials, forced labour, and practices around the recovery of resources at the product’s end-of-life.

Taking practical steps toward improving fairness and resource tracking are especially challenging, as it requires dedicated collaboration and participation of suppliers in the chain. In an intensive 3-day workshop, we worked together to answer questions on three key areas:

  • Identifying near-term priorities for Fairness; what are some of the immediate first steps that can be taken with suppliers to make the next generation FairMeter more fair?
  • Identifying pilot projects for the mid-term; what are some of the more dedicated areas that require special focus in order to achieve the long-term goals?

Long term priority areas and performance goals for the fair meter in 10 years; how do we see the ideal FairMeter performing, and what are the key performance areas?


Co-Creating a Vision:

In an ideal state, we would want to be producing electronics products that are designed without conflict, critical, or toxic materials, would have supply chains that are safe, healthy, and without labour issues, and whose materials could be fully recovered at the end-of-life. In a collaborative visioning exercice, we clustered ideas on how the FairMeter would perform in an ideal state. With this end goal more clearly defined, we further identified priority areas, which helped give shape to a coherent narrative on where to focus a long-term strategy.

Backcasting to Identify Quick Wins and Medium-Term Pilot Projects:

In a series of break-out sessions, we facilitated groups to identify some of the short-term opportunities to advance the performance of the FairMeter, relative to the long-term priorities that we already identified. We translated the ideas of different groups into short and medium -term goals, and constructed a roadmap on how to strategically connect activities. The results of this activity were a list of immediate actions, key areas for further exploration through pilot programs, and longer-term Key Performance Indicators.


We co-created a set of performance goals for the next generations of FairMeters, and connected the practical steps to achieve these goals to a shared long-term vision for the FairMeter in a roadmap.