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Inventory: Social Sustainability Initiatives online

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An inventory of Social Sustainability initiatives found online, assembled as part of the SO SMART CSA project.

Please contact sosmart_eu if you would like to contribute additional websites etc. to this Pearltree!



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SO SMART - Socially sustainable manufacturing for the Factories of the Future
www.sosmart.eu

CSA for innovative methodologies addressing social sustainability in manufacturing (FoF.NMP.2013-4)

This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° NMP2-SA-2013-608734.

This inventory as a read-only spreadsheet: IDO vzw. Social LC Alliance: Home. Time Magazine: Making Good, Plus a Profit.

Social Progress Index

The book : Social LCAs Socio-economic effects in value chains / News - Social LCA - CIRAD. National and local initiatives. Consultancies. Indicators and Methods. Documents. Standards. OECD Better Life Index. TCO Certified. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Overview Access to adequate social protection remains a privilege.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Today, only a fifth of the world population enjoys sufficient social protection. An additional 30 percent is partially, but not sufficiently covered, leaving half of the world excluded. UNEP Corporate Sustainability Reporting > Group of Friends of Paragraph 47. The Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 is a government led initiative that was formed by Brazil, Denmark, France and South Africa, pioneers in sustainability reporting practice and policy.

UNEP Corporate Sustainability Reporting > Group of Friends of Paragraph 47

The Group was born in June 2012 following acknowledgement of the importance of corporate sustainability reporting in Paragraph 47 of the Outcome Document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Since then, the Governments of Austria, Chile, Colombia, Norway and Switzerland have joined the Group. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) support the group in a Secretariat capacity and provide technical support and guidance in concert with others. In order to create enabling conditions for this, the Group aims to advance the promotion of corporate sustainability reporting by: [Go Back]

Investors in People. We are the UK's most successful framework for business improvement through people management.

The UK's most successful framework for business improvement through people management. Owned by the UK government and managed nationally at Head Office by the UK Commission for Employment and SkillsIn 2008 there were almost 40,000 organizations currently working with Investors in People, that employ over 7 million people in the UK. It's a bold goal, driven by a simple idea. People are the engine of success for responsible, sustainable and profitable businesses. And people can change the world, if they are given the support they need. – sosmart_eu

The Investors in People Framework underpins everything we do.

Investors in People

Based on 20 years of leading practice, it was designed by business, for business. Written in consultation with customers, employees and people management specialists, it provides a path to organisational change. Created to meet the ever-evolving needs and challenges of today's businesses, the Framework gives you a tangible way to drive your business forward.

Non-Financial Reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) The International Corporate Sustainability Reporting Site.

International site dedicated to Corporate Sustainability / CSR and environmental reporting. – sosmart_eu

Sustainability Disclosure Database - Home. EIRIS - Empowering Responsible Investment. What is ESG? ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance.

ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. ESG is the catch-all term for the criteria used in what has become known as socially responsible investing. There is growing evidence that suggests that ESG factors, when integrated into investment analysis and decision making, may offer investors potential long-term performance advantages. ESG has become shorthand for investment methodologies that embrace ESG or sustainability factors as a means of helping to identify companies with superior business models.ESG factors offer portfolio managers added insight into the quality of a company's management, culture, risk profile and other characteristics. – sosmart_eu

There is growing evidence that suggests that ESG factors, when integrated into investment analysis and decision making, may offer investors potential long-term performance advantages.

What is ESG?

ESG has become shorthand for investment methodologies that embrace ESG or sustainability factors as a means of helping to identify companies with superior business models. ESG factors offer portfolio managers added insight into the quality of a company's management, culture, risk profile and other characteristics. By taking advantage of the increased level of scrutiny associated with ESG analysis, ESG Managers® Portfolios seek to identify companies that we believe: Mistra Urban Futures-Knowledge about and Approaches to Fair and Socially Sustainable Cities - KAIROS. KAIROS is a transdisciplinary research project with focus on the social dimension of sustainability.

The complex societal problems that come with the on-going societal transformation is embodied and impacts on a local level. Cities, and their transnational networks, play an increasingly important role in facing the demands for sustainable development. At the same time, the rapid pace of urbanisation with growing income and health inequalities as a consequence, increases the risk for medium-sized cities of developing into arenas of social conflict. – sosmart_eu

The premise of the project is the way in which globalisation, migration and urbanisation characterise our time and place new demands on participation and co-creation.

Mistra Urban Futures-Knowledge about and Approaches to Fair and Socially Sustainable Cities - KAIROS

Cities' role in a changing world The complex societal problems that come with the on-going societal transformation is embodied and impacts on a local level. Cities, and their transnational networks, play an increasingly important role in facing the demands for sustainable development. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) International Labor Organization (ILO)

The Social License To Operate. The Social License has been defined as existing when a project has the ongoing approval within the local community and other stakeholders, ongoing approval or broad social acceptance and, most frequently, as ongoing acceptance.

The Social License has been defined as existing when a project has the ongoing approval within the local community and other stakeholders, ongoing approval or broad social acceptance and, most frequently, as ongoing acceptance. – sosmart_eu

At the level of an individual project the Social License is rooted in the beliefs, perceptions and opinions held by the local population and other stakeholders about the project.

The Social License To Operate

It is therefore granted by the community. It is also intangible, unless effort is made to measure these beliefs, opinions and perceptions. 2013 Human Development Report. Skip to main content Home 2013 Human Development Report Human Development Report 2013 The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World The 21st century is witnessing a profound shift in global dynamics, driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world.

An index covering statistics associated to life expectancy, education, and income indices used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. – sosmart_eu

In addition to the 2013 Report, a series of occasional papers were produced to inform the research process.

2013 Human Development Report

Download: Human Development Report 2013 Complete English Human Development Report 2013 Technical Notes.

Institute for the Future

The European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Professional network connecting companies to share corporate social responsibility best practice and projects. The website offers a toolbox of ideas and advice to help organisations implement CSR. – sosmart_eu

Report: Accounting for sustainability - A4s. Inter Faith Centre on Cooporate Responsibility (ICCR) The Natural Step / Det Naturliga Steget also known as the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FFSD) The FSSD is a process of continual learning that incorporates other methods, tools, and concepts into a shared, structured overview.

"Through education, dialogue, coaching and advice The Natural Step provides its partners and clients with deep expertise in sustainability, solutions-oriented innovation and transformational change processes. Offers a number of services including courses and Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA). Based on 4 System Conditions of a Sustainable Society To become a sustainable society we must eliminate our contributions to... 1) the systematic increase of concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth's crust (for example, heavy metals and fossil fuels) 2) the systematic increase of concentrations of substances produced by society (for example, plastics, dioxins, PCBs and DDT) 3) the systematic physical degradation of nature and natural processes (for example, over harvesting forests, destroying habitat and overfishing); and... 4) conditions that systematically undermine people’s capacity to meet their basic human needs (for example, unsafe working conditions and not enough pay to live on)." – sosmart_eu

No successful attempt to develop such an overview would ignore other approaches – instead, this framework will make better use of them.

The Natural Step / Det Naturliga Steget also known as the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FFSD)

Social Impact Assement (SIA) HUB.

Hub for SIA practitioners. Social Impact Assessment (SIA) includes the processes of analysing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions. – sosmart_eu

ISO 26000, an estimation. The Social Audit Network. Press release: Disclosure of non-financial information by certain large companies (proposal to improve transparency) European Commission Statement Brussels, 26 February 2014 Disclosure of non-financial information by certain large companies: European Parliament and Council reach agreement on Commission proposal to improve transparency The European Parliament and the Council have reached agreement on an amendment to existing accounting legislation to improve the transparency of certain large companies on social, environmental and diversity matters.

"The aim is to increase EU companies’ transparency and performance on environmental and social matters, and, therefore, to contribute effectively to long-term economic growth and employment. It is anticipated that this directive will be in place by approx 2016, all companies with >500 employees must comply.Companies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on boards of directors." At present only on draft level. – sosmart_eu

This agreement was endorsed today by Coreper.

Press release: Disclosure of non-financial information by certain large companies (proposal to improve transparency)

"Europe needs modern and useful rules on transparency of non-financial information by certain large companies. Large public-interest entities (mainly listed companies and financial institutions) with more than 500 employees will be required to disclose relevant and useful environmental and social information in their management reports. Background. MSA.

Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) is the national body responsible for ensuring that manufacturing enterprises have the workforce skills they need to be globally competitive now and into the future. We work with enterprises, employer and industry associations, trade unions and industry advisory bodies to identify what skills are needed and how these can most effectively be implemented in industry. – sosmart_eu

Home Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability Programme - Blekinge Institute of Technology. The Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) Programme is a 10-month transformational masters programme in Karlskrona, Sweden that focuses on advancing your knowledge, skills, and global networks, in order to build your capacity to be a strategic leader in the co-creation of thriving, sustainable societies.

Home Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability Programme - Blekinge Institute of Technology

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, one of the programme´s co-founders, on the essence of MSLS: Applications close on March 30th! Please click here for how to apply Advance your career in a meaningful way What do our students say? Strategic Sustainability Consulting. Our Approach. Futureye’s approach is to reduce the gap between stakeholder expectations and perceived company performance.

Futureye’s approach is to reduce the gap between stakeholder expectations and perceived company performance. Futureye provides specialist strategy, communications & engagement services to organisations facing public concerns about their operations – sosmart_eu

Depending on the circumstances, this can involve adjusting stakeholder expectations, improving actual company performance or a combination of both. Futureye has identified that when gaps exist between stakeholder expectations and perceived performance, the views of a small but vocal minority can quickly gain broader support and affect a company’s reputation. As the negative public attention grows, so too does the company’s vulnerability to political and regulatory forces. To protect itself from the uncertain outcomes of community concern and public outrage, a company must earn the acceptance and trust of its stakeholders and the community. We call this acceptance a social licence to operate. Social Impact Assessment. Accessible Social Impact Assessment. Twelve sustainability experts from leading companies have come together in the Roundtable for Social Metrics, aiming to make social impact assessment more accessible and meaningful through the development of a handbook for social impact assessments of products and services along value chains.

Helps organizations become aware of the social footprint of their products and to assist them as they take action to improve their social impact. – sosmart_eu

The draft handbook that was developed in Phase 1 has undergone external consultation. Phase 2 recently started, with five new companies joining this initiative. The first ever European CSR Awards Scheme taking place this year, recognising impactful partnerships between business and non-business organisations.