social responsibility guidance standard Articles

  • The New Standard for Social Responsibility

    ISO has recently launched the most eagerly awaited ISO International Standards of recent years, ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on social responsibility. The document aims to bring together the current multitude of CR/sustainability standards and will assist companies in better managing their sustainability performance. We are entering an era where corporate social responsibility (CSR) is of central ...


    By Allen & York Ltd

  • Conducting a corporate social responsibility diagnostic case study

    Challenge: Antea Group's Global Corporate Consultancy was retained by an oil & gas industry services firm to help it further refine its strategy to achieve competitive advantage through implementation of an integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) discipline. Our approach consisted of a series of activities designed to fit within the client’s specified CSR diagnostic ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • U.S. securities and exchange commission issues guidance - when companies must report climate change risks

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finally put years of public outcry and speculation to rest with the release of an interpretive guidance document explaining how publicly traded companies are expected to assess and disclose business risks associated with climate change. The Commission voted 3-2 in favor of the guidance document that formally explains when, and to what extent, ...

  • ASTM Standards Help Meet Need for Clean Water

    The new ASTM Water Portal provides a single access point to standards and related information about ASTM International’s diverse committees working to protect and monitor this vital global resource. Clean and safe water is the underpinning of the quality of life for people around the world. Global economies depend on water, whether it’s to support the manufacturing of goods ...


    By ASTM International

  • EHS Auditing Support for a Global Pharmaceutical Organization

    Challenge A global pharmaceutical organization sought to improve its best‐in‐class EHS and social responsibility performance across its global organization. Following establishment and communication of baseline performance expectations to its sites, it was necessary to evaluate a diverse array of locations in multiple geographies to determine the degree of conformance and ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • A look inside Facebook’s carbon footprint

    Facebook, a business that relies so heavily on people’s willingness to share information, took an important step recently by sharing some details of its own. The social networking company has, for the first time, released information about its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Facebook used the GHG Protocol’s Corporate Standard for reporting emissions, categorizing them into Scope 1 ...

  • Managing a Better Environment: Opportunities and Obstacles for ISO 14001 in Public Policy and Commerce (Executive Summary)

    Overview Environmental policy is in transition. Many observers believe that the existing regulatory system, though it has accomplished great improvements in environmental quality, is approaching the limits of its effective ness. Government regulators and policy analysts are seeking better ways to address the many issues, like non-point source pollution, that remain largely unregulated. Most ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Good practice guide on noise exposure and potential health effects

    The Expert Panel on Noise (EPoN) is a working group that supports the European Environment Agency and European Commission with the implementation and development of an effective noise policy for Europe. The group aims to build upon tasks delivered by previous working groups, particularly regarding Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise. This good ...

  • Corporate Sustainability Programs

    In today’s business world, sustainability is becoming an integral part of company operations. Here’s how a few manufacturers are making sustainability part of their business model, and how standards play a role. Understanding sustainability and what it means to be a sustainable business continues to evolve as more companies issue sustainability reports, sign on for carbon ...


    By ASTM International

  • Legislation: Future water - The govenment`s water strategy for England

    Visions, Strategies & Realisation Compared to other environmental areas such as land use, waste management, air quality and biodiversity, comprehensive strategic planning of water management in England has been dilatory. This is not to say that strategic planning has been entirely absent in water management, but that it has been undertaken in a piecemeal way, with numerous sectoral ...


  • BT - CR Verification - Case Study

    BT has long believed in corporate responsibility (CR) in its broadest sense. They understand that to operate a sustainable business it needs to look beyond profit towards the communities it serves. This sees them investing 1% of its pre tax profits, around £25m a year, into initiatives supporting its Better Future vision. ...


    By LRQA Limited

  • How integrated reporting can help companies see the bigger picture

    The United Nations has put global reporting by companies on sustainability among its proposed key outcomes for the Rio+ 20 summit in June. The “zero draft” policy agenda that negotiators will consider, calls for “a global policy framework requiring all listed and large private companies to consider sustainability ...

  • EMEP/EEA air pollutant emission inventory guidebook 2016

    1 Guidebook Introduction 1.1 Introduction The joint EMEP (1)/EEA Air Pollutant Emission Inventory Guidebook (the 'Guidebook'), following the 'Guidelines for Reporting Emissions and Projections Data' under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) (2), provides concise guidance on how ...

  • Metrics Will Matter

    EH&S managers pride themselves on using the latest software systems to collect and track metrics. The displays are impressive and the reports give one a good feeling of being in control. In reality, some EH&S managers may be winning the battle to efficiently sort data, but losing the strategic war to gain competitive advantage for their companies. Metrics theory and practice has undergone ...

  • Mutual fund companies show record high support for climate change shareholder resolutions

    Mutual fund companies are showing stronger interest in climate change and its financial impacts on companies in their vast portfolios, according to new proxy voting data announced today by Ceres, a sustainability advocacy group. During the 2013 proxy season, large mutual fund company support for climate-related shareholder resolutions reached an all-time high 29 percent, up from 27 percent in ...


    By Ceres

  • Painting business green

    In the past ten years, environmental concerns have taken centre stage both in public perception and in business. Oliver Cann explores the growing call for change. Business, government and the environment - to say nothing of the media - have to coexist, but it is not always easy. Governments for their part signed up to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ...


  • Materiality Assessment for Dummies

    When I started to work in the area of sustainability, I had no idea what a materiality assessment was, and what all the acronyms like GRI and SASB meant. It occurred to me I probably wasn’t the only one, and now that materiality assessment is such a hot topic, I thought it would benefit others to review. For this, I turned to our Corporate Sustainability Officer at PE International, ...


    By thinkstep

  • What color are your MSDSs?

    The title of "good corporate citizen" is a coveted status that requires far more than an unblemished record of compliance. More than a decade ago, consumers started setting strong sustainability expectations through purchasing practices, compelling economic participants to shape up their environmental act. Consumer purchases, influenced by advertising and other corporate messaging, have spawned ...


    By 3E Company

  • Comparative Risk Assessment

    ' Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most ...


    By The World Bank

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

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