Copenhagen Charter CSR Implementation
The following paper briefly describes how an implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the associated activities can be carried out and the potential benefits such a project can be thought to produce when Copenhagen Charter is involved in the implementation.
The Copenhagen Charter proposal is independent and practical. In principle the charter approach based on the positive elements of Global Compact (GC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). However the results achieved by the Copenhagen Charter implementation will by far excel and show and communicate the improvement in your CSR efforts because it is on an enterprise level, across the organisation and based on Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and IT-Security principles.
The Copenhagen Charter project progresses in four phases: Scoping, Analysis, Action and Improvement.
The Copenhagen Charter proposal
supports that the business voluntarily gets involved in activities which are not normally associated with core company activities. We have developed policies and principles related to Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption and the corporate commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance issues.
The Copenhagen Charter proposal
has a framework, roadmap and a IT tool that is used to demonstrate how companies are progressing on their CSR commitment. One of the major benefits of the approach is that it can be customised to the needs and level of ambition of the business without jeopardizing its commitment to the CSR.
The Copenhagen Charter components of your CSR Implementation
CSR is not a ‘stand alone’ system which companies can implement in some areas and not in others. In order for CSR to work it needs to be incorporated into every corner of the company from top to bottom. It is therefore essential that cherry-picking is not the name of the CSR game.
- Mapping of current activities related to the elements of the Charter componenets.
- Identification of the supply chain in its current form.
- Mapping of current capacity within the company and through interviews with HR.
- Preparation of goals and framework for the CSR project. This includes a decision on what level of commitment to the Copenhagen Charter is in scope for the company and a option if the report should be verified from a third party auditor.
- Scope. Interview with key persons in the supply chain, sales and HR to create a map of current activities and access risks.
- Stakeholders. Identification of key stakeholders and a system of accessing the need to engage with potential new possibilities.
- Strategy. Formulation of a policy the align the CSR effort with the corporate strategy
- Disclosures. Report that highlights the gaps between current practice and the Copenhagen Charter principles, which include a governance and risk/opportunity analysis.
- Achievement. Formulation of a plan of action to address identified issues where the company can show significant impact.
- Goals. Involvement of stakeholders which makes it possible for the company to achieve its goals.
- Governance. Formulation of a corporate Code of Conduct can also be used in evaluating suppliers.
- Audit. Conduct audits of key sites which are identified as having significant risks.
- Educate personnel to build capacity within the company.