Corporate Sustainable Responsibility
Social, economical and environmental responsibility is no longer only the domain for big corporates and is now a necessity rather than a choice for all businesses both for the purchasing and the manufacturing sides. Consumers, employees and investors increasingly value and expect companies to take responsibility for how its operations affect people and the environment. CSR has become a competitive advantage – for good reasons.
At Gekko we see CSR as a logical extension of how we work with quality assurance and supplier development. We are convinced that our sustainable methods build good relations and an open and honest dialogue with suppliers is the foundation for successful CSR work. Our service focus on:
- Responsible sourcing
- Social compliance audits and consultations
- Competence building
Gekko has had a strategic partnership with Respect Sustainable Business AB in Sweden www.respect.se formerly Sustainia and we carry out all their compliance audits in Asia on their behalf.
The United Nations Global Compact has established a set of ten internationally recognised and widely accepted principles related to the issues of human rights, labour rights, environment and anti-corruption for companies to adhere to and most of the social compliance work we do these days is related to these principles . With the streamlining of the codes it makes sense to assist manufacturers build up their understanding based on these principles. Gekko can arrange capacity building for agents and manufacturers preparing management systems towards audits. The Global Compact standard is based on international workplace norms of International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The official standard is summarised here:
Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and
Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.