“By setting responsible business strategy in the company’s strategy and defining environmental and safety targets for ecological and social performance metrics, customer requirements and supplier-appraisal requirements can be easily met without any effort.”
Many companies manage business processes, lead environmental and safety issues by utilizing management system standards, such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. These standards are good reference frameworks, including ensuring the day-to-day management of responsible business.
EU Directive 2013/34 / EU obliges designated companies to report on economic, social and environmental issues. The obligation applies to large companies. However, it is not difficult to predict that in responsible supply chain management, the companies that this directive imposes on responsibility reporting will start collecting information from their suppliers of material and subcontracting services. Many SMEs already receive questions related to responsibility areas in supplier evaluations.
National operational frameworks include: EMAS, Clobal Compact, ISO 26000 and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) are mentioned when it comes to the content of responsibility communication. However, for many SMEs, these are foreign operating frameworks. It is therefore necessary to anticipate this growing challenge. Responsibility communication that meets the demands of customers and authorities needs to be integrated into management systems. Companies that are upgrading their management systems to ISO 2015 standard versions will have to become a new requirement for the company’s management goals and strategy. By placing responsible business and corporate responsibility communication in the company’s strategy and defining environmental and safety targets for ecological and social performance metrics, customer requirements and supplier-appraisal requirements can easily be met without any extra effort. Examples can be found in the National Action Frameworks. This allows the company to streamline its management systems while delivering relevant information.
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Ville Mäki, Managing Director