Sustainability Standards and Instruments

Academics, policymakers, business people, members of civil society and individuals have all recognized the significant effect the activities of the private sector have on employees, customers, communities, the environment, competitors, business partners, investors, shareholders, governments and others. It is also becoming increasingly clear that firms can contribute to their own wealth and to overall societal wealth by considering the effect they have on the world at large when making decisions.  All of this has led to growing interest in “corporate social responsibility”, or “CSR”, which has been described as the way firms integrate social, environmental and economic concerns into their values, culture, decision making, strategy and operations in a transparent and accountable manner and thereby establish better practices within the firm, create wealth and improve society.  The scope of the commitments and activities associated with any CSR initiative, which extend well “beyond the law”, can be daunting and representative lists have included corporate governance and ethics; health and safety; environmental stewardship; human rights (including core labor rights); sustainable development; working conditions (including safety and health, hours of work, wages); industrial relations; community involvement, development and investment; involvement of and respect for diverse cultures and disadvantaged peoples; corporate philanthropy and employee volunteering; consumer issues, customer satisfaction and adherence to principles of fair competition; anti-bribery and anti-corruption measures; accountability, transparency and performance reporting; and supplier relations, for both domestic and international supply chains.  

PROJECT PUBLICATIONS

Guides

Introduction to Corporate Social Resonsibility

Developing and Implementing CSR Strategy and Commitments

Stakeholders and Stakeholder Engagement

Sustainability Governance and Management

Sustainability Reporting and Auditing

Corporate Social Responsibility for Small Businesses and Startups

Legal and Voluntary Sustainability Standards and Instruments

Handbooks

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Training Materials

Business Leadership Poster

CSR Handbook for SMEs

Discovering ISO 26000

Future-Fit Business Benchmark (KFI Calculations)

Future-Fit Business Goals (Comparison to Other Standards)

Future-Fit Business Goals (Pivot Goals Examples)

Future-Fit Business Network Sources of Global Threats & Risks

GRI Guidelines to Standards

CSR – ISO 26000 Basic Training Material

Implementing ISO 26000

ISO 9001-2015

Sustainability Handbook

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Books

CSR Implementation Guide for Businesses

Framework for Implementing Effective CSR and Corporate Governance

Handbook on CSR in India

Structuring and Staffing Corporate Responsibility

Chapters or Articles in Books

Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance

CSR, Corporate Governance and Corporate Regulation

Articles in Journals

Corporate Governance and CSR Synergies and Interrelationships

Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Sustainability

CSR Theories – Mapping the Territory

How to Become a Sustainable Company

Sustainability: “Embracers” Seize the Advantage

Top Ten CSR Mistakes

Articles in Newspapers and Magazines

CSR Is Now Legal

CSR – Director Notes – Sustainability in the Mainstream

Papers

Calvert Principles for Social Investment

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Success

CSR and the Role of the Legal Profession

German Sustainability Code

Sustainable Development in Law Practice

WEF Global Risks Report (2017)

Government and Other Public Domain Publications

Caux Round Table Principles for Business

Ceres Sustainability Roadmap

IFC Sustainability Performance Standards

OECD Guidelines for MNEs

United Nations Global Compact

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

WBCSD CSR Primer

Online Articles

CSR and The Supply Chain

CSR Supply Chain Compliance Programs

Websites

AccountAbility

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Business Social Compliance Initiative

Business for Social Responsibility

Business in the Community

Caux Round Table

Ceres

Conference Board

Corporate Register

Corporate Responsibility Officers Association

Entrepreneur.com

Ethos Institute

Ethical Trading Initiative

European Academy of Business in Society

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Fair Labor Association

Forest Stewardship Council

Global Environmental Management Initiative

Global Reporting Initiative

Global Unions

International Council on Mining and Metals

International Labour Organization

International Finance Corporation

International Organization for Standardization

Marine Stewardship Council

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Pivot Goals

Prince of Wale’s Corporate Leaders Group

Principles for Responsible Investment

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

SDG Compass

Social Accountability International

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform

Sustainability Reports

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

Transparency International

United Nations Global Compact

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

World Council for Corporate Governance

CSR Reports

First Solar Sustainability Report

Kellogg’s CSR Commitments

KPMG (UN Global Impact)

Medtronic GRI Supplement

Nestle’s Sustainability Review

XPO Logistics Europe (UN Global Impact)

RELATED TOPICS

Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

Sustainability Governance and Management

Strategic Planning for Sustainability

Sustainability and Corporate Governance

Corporate Social Responsibility

Stakeholders and Stakeholder Engagement

Sustainability Reporting and Auditing

Sustainability for Small Businesses and Startups

Community Engagement and Investment