More is expected of organizations than operating solely for gain. They are also expected to adhere to a number of universal values not connected with profit, and to take measures for furthering the common good. Alongside financial performance, there now exists another set of expectations, known generally as ‘non-financial performance’.
With this uncompromising implication: organizations which don’t act in a principled manner risk damaging their reputation, and therefore their financial performance.
This is the paradigm from which CSR stems. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Organizational Social Responsibility (OSR) is the behaviour that these companies/organizations choose to adopt to maximize their non-financial performance. This behaviour must be formalized: it involves defining a CSR strategy, accompanied by action plans, monitoring indicators and reporting tools. It also requires the appointment of one or more coordinators within the organization who are often accountable directly to top management.
Sustainable development goals, ISO 26000, preventing corruption, gender equality, responsible purchasing, ‘name and shame’… In recent years, the institutional and legislative framework has brought pressure on organizations to attach greater importance to CSR. How can this be done without missing anything along the way? To support you, AFNOR Group has a range of tools based around ISO 26000, so that you can construct a sound CSR policy, monitor it over time, improve competencies and have your commitments recognized by sending out positive signals.
NF EN ISO 26000 is an international standard, developed by more than 90 countries in 2010 and adaptable to all types of organizations (enterprises, local authorities, NGOs, unions, etc.). This standard defines the concept as the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparency and ethical behaviour that contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society:
Obtain international recognition for your societal responsibility and advance with Corporate Social Responsibility Commitment Label. This method determines to what extent you have integrated the recommendations of ISO 26000 into your strategy, your organization and your activities. You can enhance your relationship with your stakeholders, benefit from recommendations on how to improve your practices and innovate, give a new sense of purpose to your actions, strengthen your credibility and optimize your contribution to sustainable development.
Recognized in France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, the Responsibility Europe label offers added international recognition for organizations with labels of approval in their own country, such as ‘Committed to CSR’ in France. It strengthens credibility and transparency of their global initiatives and their social and environmental impact. The Responsibility Europe label is therefore a major contributing factor to international credibility and competitiveness. To date, more than 500 companies and organizations have been awarded the label and 2,500 are currently committed to a CSR label approach.
The Responsibility Europe label is based on the standard ISO 26000 and on the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. It guarantees that the company or organization holding the label has been assessed according to a transparent methodology and undergone on-site quality control by an independent third-party body.
Are you in charge of purchasing in a large group, an intermediate-sized enterprise or a SME? Do you oversee public contracts for a local authority?
With our support and guidance, you can implement an effective responsible procurement strategy, exercise due diligence across your supply chain and control supplier risks within your entire portfolio of service providers and subcontractors.
The Assessment Visit is the perfect tool for ensuring that your organization is on track before an audit, or for validating your preparation for a new certification. Carried out by an experienced assessor, it is an effective driver towards success.
The assessment is conducted according to the standard of your choice. You co-organize the assessment programme and interviews, and can count on your assessor’s attentiveness and educational approach in answering all of your questions. You will receive a roadmap specifying your areas for improvement.
We offer customized CSR consultancy services (training, diagnostic, on-site support, etc.).
For any enquiry, please contact us!