SECTION 2 – Social Responsibility

2.1 Human and community rights

A sustainable organisation shall take into account both the direct and the indirect effects of its business activities. In relation to human rights, a broad assessment of the potential negative and/or positive effects is required. The organisation shall aim to reduce its negative human rights impact, promoting positive effects and obtaining local community support.

2.1.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed regional and international conventions on human rights.
  • The organisation shall assess risks related to human rights, based on its business activities.
  • The organisation shall monitor effects relating to human rights, both positive and negative.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating negative risks related to human rights while promoting measures to generate positive effects.
  • The assessment of risks and management strategy shall be updated regularly.

2.1.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop and implement a policy regarding human rights and community development.
  • The organisation shall implement a human rights due diligence process to identify and address its effects, addressing the following as a minimum:
    • Workplace diversity/discrimination/equal opportunity
    • Indigenous people's rights
    • Particularly vulnerable persons, e.g. women, children and persons with disabilities
    • Local community protection and development
    • Cultural heritage protection
    • Supplier assessment regarding human rights
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators.
  • The organisation shall seek to continually improve those key performance indicators.

2.2 Labour conditions

Sustainable organisations shall commit to and provide fair/reasonable labour conditions for their workers. This section addresses various rules and requirements, which provide a foundation for an organisation to implement fair labour conditions and empower its workforce.

2.2.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed all national labour regulations and ILO conventions.
  • The organisation shall monitor effects relating to labour conditions.
  • The organisation shall assess risks within the organisation itself and within its supply chain in respect of non-compliance.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating risks relating to non-compliance. The assessment of effects, risks, and the related management strategy, shall be updated regularly.

2.2.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop and implement a policy regarding appropriate labour conditions.
  • The organisation shall implement a labour conditions due diligence process to identify and address its impact, addressing the following as a minimum:
    • Freedom of association
    • Remuneration
    • Working hours
    • Rights to collective bargaining
    • Child labour
    • Forced labour
    • Non-discrimination
    • Training and education
    • Supplier assessment
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators.
  • The organisation shall seek to continually improve those key performance indicators.

2.3 Occupational health and safety

Effects relating to occupational health and safety (OHS) present a large risk both to the well-being of employees and for the economic success and reputation of an organisation. This section sets out the rules and requirements for OHS in order to address all material risks, thus maintaining a functional working environment and promoting workplace safety.

2.3.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed all national requirements related to occupational health and safety.
  • The organisation shall monitor effects related to OHS. The organisation shall assess risks within the organisation itself and its supply chain in respect of non-compliance.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating risks relating to non-compliance. The assessment of effects, risks, and the related management strategy shall be updated regularly.

2.3.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop and implement a policy regarding appropriate health and safety conditions as well as security.
  • The organisation shall implement an OHS due diligence process to identify and address its impact,  addressing the following as a minimum:
    • Workplace risk assessment
    • Training and education
    • Supplier assessment & training
    • Protection measures
    • Measures to ensure workplace security
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators.
  • The organisation shall seek to continually improve those key performance indicators.

2.4 Safety & Security

Besides occupational health and safety, every sustainable organisation shall seek to implement safety and security measures in- and outside its direct boundaries to prevent negative impacts on community and individual safety as a result of the operation’s activities. This section sets out the rules and requirements for Safety & Security in order to address all material risks, thus promoting the acceptance of the operation and long-term safety within the community.

2.4.1 Rules

  • The organisation shall comply with or exceed all national requirements related to safety and security.
  • The organisation shall monitor effects related to safety and security.
  • The organisation shall assess risks within the organisation itself and its supply chain.
  • The organisation shall develop a strong management strategy for managing and mitigating risks.
  • The assessment of effects, risks, and the related management strategy shall be updated regularly.

2.4.2 Requirements

  • The organisation shall develop and implement a policy regarding appropriate safety and security conditions.
  • The organisation shall implement, with its stakeholders, a safety and security due diligence process to identify and address its potential risks, addressing the following as a minimum:
    • Access to operations
    • Operational accidents and related impacts
    • Maintenance of structural elements
    • Use and emission of hazardous substances
    • Training and education of personnel
    • Training and education of local communities
  • The organisation shall disclose, in appropriate manner, the identified risks and respective measures to local communities.
  • The organisation shall develop key performance indicators. The organisation shall seek to continually improve those key performance indicators.