Development of a company CSR system
Many companies choose to develop and implement a company specific CSR system for its management. As ‘system” we mean the factors that participate and affect the effective implementation of CSR activities. The development of a “CSR system” means the formation of a “manual”, description of “procedures” and publication of “guidelines”, for a systematic approach and implementation of CSR activities. Advantage of this approach is the flexibility regarding the activities.
ISO 14001 is the international specification for an environmental management system (EMS). It specifies requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/activities/services, planning environmental objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets, checking and corrective action, and management review. ISO 14001 is the standard against which organizations are assessed. ISO 14001 is generic and flexible enough to apply to any organization producing and/or manufacturing any product, or even providing a service anywhere in the world.
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Eco - Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
Τ he Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, is a voluntary initiative designed to improve companies’ environmental performance. Its aim is to recognise and reward those organisations that go beyond minimum legal compliance and continuously improve their environmental performance. In addition, it is a requirement of the scheme that participating organisations regularly produce a public environmental statement that reports on their environmental performance. It is this voluntary publication of environmental information, whose accuracy and reliability has been independently checked by an environmental verifier that gives EMAS and those organisations that participate enhanced credibility and recognition.
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AA 1000 Assurance Standard
The Standard addresses the need for a single approach that effectively deals with the qualitative as well as quantitative data that makes up sustainability performance plus the systems that underpin the data and present performance. It is designed to complement the GRI Reporting Guidelines and other standardized or company-specific approaches to disclosure. It is the first non-proprietary, open-source Assurance Standard that covers the full range of an organization’s disclosure and performance.
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Social Accountability 8000
In 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) was established and convened an expert, international, multi-stakeholder, Advisory Board to partner in developing standards and systems to address workers’ rights. Representatives of trade unions, human rights organizations, academia, retailers, manufacturers, contractors, as well as consulting, accounting, and certification firms, by consensus, cooperated to develop the Social Accountability 8000 (SA8000) Standard . Published in late 1997 and revised in 2001, the SA8000 Standard and verification system is a credible, comprehensive and efficient tool for assuring humane workplaces.
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ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, has decided to launch the development of an International Standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR). The guidance standard will be published in 2010 as ISO 26000 and be voluntary to use. It will not include requirements and will thus not be a certification standard. There is a range of many different opinions as to the right approach ranging from strict legislation at one end to complete freedom at the other. ISO is looking for a golden middle way that promotes respect and responsibility based on known reference documents without stifling creativity and development.
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