|AAA||100 - 90%||CCC||30 - 39%|
|AA||80 - 89%||CC||20 - 29%|
|A||70 - 79%||C||10 - 19%|
|BBB||60 - 69%||C||00 - 09%|
|BB||50 - 59%||P||Pending|
|B||40 - 49%|
Corporate Social Responsibility
The GSES CSR pillar is based on the international guideline for Social Responsibility of Organizations: ISO 26000:2011.
Corporate Social Responsibility is strategic in nature. It relates to both business operations and business processes and has an impact on the supply chain and society. As defined by ISO 26000, CSR is the responsibility of an organization for the impact of its decisions and activities on society and the environment through transparent and ethical behaviour that:
- Contributes to sustainable development, including health and the well-being of society;
- Takes into account the expectations of stakeholders;
- Is in accordance with applicable laws and international standards of conduct;
- Is integrated throughout the organization and is put into practice in its relations
In absence of an international ISO standard for Circular Economy, the Circular Economy pillar of GSE Standard is based on the BS 8001:2017 'Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations - Guide, British Standards Institution (BSI), 2017'.
BS 8001:2017 distinguishes six principles of the circular economy that are important for the organization:
- System thinking: applying a holistic approach to understanding how individual decisions and activities interact within the broader system of which they are part.
- Innovation: continuous innovation to create value by enabling sustainable management of resources through the design of processes, products/services and business models.
- Stewardship: managing the direct and indirect effects of the decisions and activities within the broader system, of which one is part.
- Cooperation: internal and external cooperation through (in)formal arrangements to create shared value.
- Value optimization: to keep all products, components and materials at their highest value and use at all times.
- Transparency: being open about decisions and activities that affect the ability to transition to a more circular and sustainable state of operation and being willing to communicate these in a clear, accurate, time-bound, fair and complete manner.
The CO2 pillar of GSE-Standard is for the most part based on ISO 14064-1:2019 and ISO 50001:2018. The GSES CO2 pillar standard further contains specific requirements for reporting and verification of the organization's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and CO2 offset/compensation.
Each organization is responsible for a certain amount of greenhouse gas emissions (either direct or indirect). What organizations can do is:
- Minimizing their own GHG emissions (using less fossil fuel, increase share of sustainable electricity).
- Compensation of CO2 (e.g. via planting of trees) Prepare for a changing climate (adaptation).
By working on the CO2 Pillar of the GSE-Standard, an organization can contribute to the realization of the following SDGs: 7, 13 and 17.
The Sustainable Procurement (SP) or Socially Responsible Procurement (SRP) pillar from GSE Standard is based is based on the ISO 20400. SP is a theme that plays a prominent role in organizations that develop and implement a sustainable strategy.
The ISO 20400 guideline offers a practical and highly professional approach to help achieve a sustainable strategy on the one hand and to make supply chains more sustainable on the other. In ISO 20400 'Sustainable Procurement' is defined as 'purchasing with the most positive environmental, social and economic effects, that are possible throughout the entire life cycle.'
Health & Safety
The GSE-Standard Health & Safety (HS) pillar is based on the international standard ISO 45001:2018 'Occupational health and safety management systems - Requirements with guidance for use'.
An organization is responsible for creating safe and healthy working conditions for its employees - and for others who may be affected by a company's activities. This responsibility includes promoting and protecting physical and mental health.
The introduction of a management system for safe and healthy working conditions aims to prevent work-related injuries and health problems and continuously improve its Health & Safety performance.
The Health & Safety pillar of GSE-Standard also integrates aspects of health and safety as employee welfare. The pillar does not address topics such as product safety, material damage or environmental impact - aside from the health and safety risks these topics might expose employees and relevant stakeholders to.
By working on the Health & Safety Pillar of GSE-Standard, the organization can contribute to the realization of the following SDGs: 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 17.
The GSE-Standard for Bio-Diversity is based on the UN Guidance Note on Standard 1: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Natural Resource Management. As of yet, there are no internationally accepted certifiable standards available for managing biodiversity on the organizational level, comparable to ISO standards.
Currently, an ISO standard for biodiversity is being developed. Until its formal publication, the GSE-pillar aligns with the UN standard just mentioned and the ISO High Level Structure.
Key topics are:
- Impact of production of food, fibre and fuel on species and ecosystems
- Extinction risks and critical habitats (how endangered are species and what are the conditions they rely on)
- Influencing the supply chain to prevent ecosystem destruction
- By working on the Biodiversity Pillar of GSE-Standard, the organization can contribute to the realization of the following SDGs: 2, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17.
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