Corporate Sustainability Certification: Communities

Today's organisations understand their position as a leader in their community. As such, they can use their influence to support community development through strategies such as job creation, volunteering and education programmes. The Intertek Corporate Sustainability Communities standard challenges the organisation to leverage their leadership position for the benefit of the community, as well as support the long-term health of the business through the sustainability lens.

The Communities standard will highlight the organisation’s activities in contributing a positive impact to their neighbourhoods and the community. This holistic approach to public engagement will support the organisation’s leadership position in their community and industry by Giving Back to Society.

The standard is divided into five main sections: Management Systems, Strategy, Economic Productivity, Volunteerism and Education.

 
Evaluates basic management systems in place within the organisation, such as policies and procedures, leadership, risk assessment, failure analysis, corrective and preventive action, continuous improvement and supply chain development.
Evaluates how the organisation ensures that the community is considered and included in strategic planning.
Evaluates how the organisation considers support for undeveloped or underdeveloped communities when establishing new facilities, including support for local job creation.
Evaluates how the organisation participates with community volunteer projects, as well as support for employee engagement in pro-bono volunteer opportunities to achieve a more sustainable future for all and for our planet.
Evaluates how the organisation leverages their leadership position within the community in supporting local education programs, including sustainability education.
 

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