CSR, SD, Norms and Labels
Corporate Social Responsability
The CSR concept (Corporate Social Responsibility) consists of taking into account the social and environnmental impact of the company's activities, in order to integrate sustainable development issues within the organization and in their interactions with their stakeholders.
The CSR approach modifies entrpreneurial practices in order to lead to a continuous improvement of the organizations, in coherence with the new social and environmental issues but also in adaptation to a changing economic context.
The International Organization for Standardization gives its definition of CSR by the standard ISO 26000 (2010), wich is structured around 7 central questions :
- governance of the organization,
- human rights,
-Relations and working conditions,
- the environment,
- loyalty of practices,
- consumer issues,
- communities and local development.
This itnernational standard frames the organization's responsability regarding the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and environment.
This responsability translates into a transparent and ethical behavior that is integrated into the entire organization and contributes to Sustainable Development. It takes into account the expectations of its stakeholders, complies with current laws and is compatible with present standards.
Sustainable development is often a difficult concept to grasp as a whole. This designation brings together many approaches, visions and sensibilities.
The concept of Sustainable Development means a development of humanity that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Concretely, thatimplies a development of humanity that takes into account the economic aspects, while respecting the environment and integrating itself into a process of the improvement of society and living conditions.
Sustainable Development takes into account 3 dimensions : a Social dimension, an Economic dimension and an Environmental dimension.
Finally, an elegant quote from Antoine de Saint Exupéry summarizes in a few words the issues of sustainable development: " We do not inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children"...
Standards & Labels
There are many standards, labels and references in the field of sustainable Development.
In particular, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is one of the major players in defining standards that govern an entreprises's business.
The purpose of developing ISO standards is to harmonize an activity, a process or a methodology within a sector. The event sector is notably a perfect example with the creation of the ISO 20121 standard.
Obviously a standard is regularly updated to keep up with changes in the market and technologies.
Many standards specific to sustainable development are currently in force. the following may be mentioned :
- ISO 26000
- ISO 20121
- ISO 14001
- ISO 9001
- Labels related to ISO standards ...