"Business and organizations do not operate in a vacuum. Their relationship to the society and environment in which they operate is a critical factor in their ability to continue to operate effectively. It is also increasingly being used as a measure of their overall performance." - International Organization for Standardization
What is it?
This assessment service provides businesses with guidance on how to operate in a socially responsible way. In the words of the International Organization for Standardization, "this means operating in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to the health and welfare of society and the company's bottom line".
How does it work?
Businesses are evaluated in the following areas based on ISO 26000 - Guidance on Social Responsiblity:
- Organizational Governance Human Rights
- Labour Practices
- The Environment
- Fair Operating Practices
- Consumer Issues
- Community Involvement and Development
An action plan is also provided to the company to address any areas identified for improvement.
Why is this important?
A Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) article stated that "Consumers are increasingly concerned about how their choices impact the environment, their local community and their own well-being. As such, they expect companies to be greener and more ethical, and to provide healthier, more 'Canadian' products and services."
What should I do next?
Contact me today! It's time to elevate your business above the competition! I can also help you complete your action plan for an additional fee.
Cheryl Campbell is a Canadian-based consultant, who specializes in helping businesses remain sustainable. She has been providing services for over 20 years.