"Depending on the extent to which companies voluntarily adopt the new ISO standards, stakeholders — investors, analysts, customers, and current and prospective employees — would have a new category of data with which to assess organizational value and the prospects for financial and non-financial returns from investments in human capital."
A group of large institutional investors (representing $80 Trillion in assets) have been pushing the SEC to require companies to report on human capital practices. Late last year, ISO released its guidelines; 23 metrics across 9 categories including diversity, ethics, trust, productivity, skills, availability and more.
Some countries are likely to make this reporting mandatory. Interestingly, the article indicates the conversation has shifted from one of providing a measure of corporate value to one of disclosing good (or bad) citizenship.
Workplace strategists might look to this list for examples of good pre/post-project metrics.