These resources will help you develop and put into use policies, positions, procedures, codes of conduct, and management standards that embed sustainability within your company's core strategy.
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There is growing pressure among companies to link social and environmental limits to corporate strategy and goal-setting. However, the result is often a lengthy document that fails to make strategic connections between specific issues and their implications on business decision-making. We developed this guidebook to help you articulate a concise and transparent board level position on key environmental, social, and governance issues. Drawing upon in-depth analyses of over 4,000 board position statements; over 200 interviews with CEOs, directors, and board chairs; and concepts outlined in our series on the Road to Context, this guidebook provides a checklist for crafting a contextual board position statement and includes examples from a range of industries and global settings.
Climate change is happening, and the impacts are intensifying. Companies are expected to take a position on climate change and outline an appropriate response. The Embedding Project’s climate position guide helps companies to articulate a concise and transparent board level position on climate change. Drawing on in-depth analyses of over 2,600 climate position statements, this guidebook provides a checklist for crafting a climate position statement with concrete examples from a range of industries and global settings.
Is your company interested in taking a public position on an ESG issue?
To help companies develop strong, clear positions, we will maintain a public database containing leading positions articulated by large companies globally.
Our governance guide outlines how companies should articulate their positions, and we have applied this criteria to the positions featured in this database.
This comprehensive database from the International Trade Centre (ITC) provides free, accessible, verified, and transparent information on over 300 standards related to a wide range of sustainability topics, including worker rights, environmental protection, and business ethics. ITC also provides a Standards Map toolkit, which will help you to find information about voluntary sustainability standards, codes of conduct, audit protocols, reporting frameworks, and company programs on sustainability.
This series of environmental management standards provide guidance for organizations that want to make voluntary efforts to systematize and improve their environmental management. These standards will help you to create and implement policies and frameworks related to environmental system requirements, audits, life cycle analysis, and other challenges.
Developing a human rights policy is an important step on the journey to advancing human rights, both in the workplace and in the communities around your business. This guide from the UN Global Compact explains why you should develop a human rights policy; the process behind development; the key considerations and components; and steps for implementation.
This guide from BSR provides a framework for the implementation of good working conditions, and in particular for women. It explores the topic of mainstreaming gender equality, and especially within codes of conduct, and introduces nine principles that will help you to integrate gender equality considerations into the standards you use both internally and within your supply chain. Each principle features a summary, case studies, and recommended revisions and opportunities for leadership.
This concise primer from Project Include explains the purpose of a code of conduct, identifies the parties most appropriate for drafting it, and lists the must-have content. It also features some helpful examples of holistic codes of conduct.
This helpful resource will help you to create an effective health and safety policy statement. It explains the types of issues that your policy should cover, key considerations, and includes an example of a policy checklist for reviewing new and existing OHS policies. Although written by a Canadian government agency, the content is applicable to any geographic context.
Despite a broad and growing array of efforts to ensure adherence to policies, regulations, and laws, malfeasance remains a significant issue across the industrial spectrum. This article explains how companies too often fail to assess the effectiveness of their compliance programs, such as through incomplete or invalid metrics. It will help you to better understand how to develop and implement compliance policies that meet your legal and ethical obligations and enable you to advance towards context-based sustainability policies.
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