What is the connection between Plan-Do-Check-Act, ISO 14001 and Social Responsibility?

How is your “integrated thinking” cap working?  This Winter, Sandra Tavares and Stephen

Tavares & Boles introduce the Sustainability Wheel Tool & Gap Assessement in this course.

Boles, course leaders for SLC’s ISO 26000 course introduced an interesting perspective on connecting the plan-do-check-act cycle, ISO 14001 and social responsibility through the “Sustainability Wheel” a tool created for manufacturing firms.

The Tools was presented in the final segment of the “Integrating ISO 26000 in your Management Systems” course.   This module focused on integrating social responsibility throughout an organization. It requires an understanding of how current organizational characteristics relate to the core subjects of ISO 26000: Human Rights, Labour Practices, The Environment, Fair Operating Practices, Consumer Issues, Community Involvement & Development

Sandra provides examples of creating a social responsibility baseline, a gap analysis , and an action plan for implementation. She identifies criteria for prioritizing tasks: core issues, cost and time required to implement initiatives, high risk areas and areas of high opportunity.

Learn to Integrate Social Responsibility into your Management Systems

Sandra also discussed how organizations can enhance their social responsibility credibility through the engagement of relevant stakeholders and reporting of performance indicators verified by independent 3rd parties. This reporting should be approached through the identification of all relevant issues relating to the organization, so as to present a clear unbiased picture of the organization’s activities.

Case studies illustrated how Nike and Apple have worked towards improving negative attention given to supply chain practices through supply chain auditing. There are also a number of voluntary initiatives that organizations can undertake to improve their social responsibility credibility, these include but are not limited to: ISO 14001, ISO 26000, GRI reporting, Responsible Care, Towards Sustainable Mining and other industry specific initiatives.

Stephen Boles presented the Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit which illustrated the interconnections between the 7 Principles of social responsibility, the core subjects of ISO 26000 and the use of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle commonly used in ISO 14001 to achieve objectives.

For More Information on the ON-DEMAND Course: Integrating ISO 26000 into your Management Systems and Sustainable Manufacturing Tool click here.

Many thanks to Devon Waters, Environmental Scientist at Stantec for the basis of this summary.

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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