SGS Supply chain Assessments and Solutions- Latest Updates on Social Responsibility
In recent years, increasing government agencies, international organizations, non-government organizations and multinational corporations start to concern about Corporate Social Responsibility. Hence, the enterprises are supposed to periodically follow up latest information on top of the legislation, such as current season’s updates: The United Nations reported that about 600 million children will face "water scarcity" in 2040; Randstad Group publishes Labour Mobility Report and etc.
1.TCO Certified revealing the improvement and challenge of working conditions in electronic factories
March 1 News: IT product sustainability certification-TCO Certified revealed the improvement and continued challenges of manufacturing conditions of the electronics industry in a new report. Report named "Impacts and Insights" evaluated the efficiency of new criteria aiming to expand the responsibility of the brand owners in working conditions of the supply chain, conflict minerals initiative and safer chemicals in 2016. The new TCO Certified (launched in November 2015) offers higher overall accountability requirements for products and factory compliance of brand owners. The report which case studied 16 brand owners showed that the working conditions of certified product factories have improved since 2013. The improvement mainly lay in discrimination and freedom of association, etc.
2. The United Nations reported that about 600 million children will face "water scarcity" in 2040.
The United Nations Children's fund released a report on 22 Mar, 2017 (World Water Day), which shows that a quarter of children of the world(around 600 million) will live in water scarcity area in 2040. The report named "Longing for the future: the water and children in climate change" analyzed the threat to child's life because of water starvation and such risks are caused by climate change as well. Children's access to safe water is threatened by rapid growth population, increasing demand of water resource caused by industrialization and urbanization and conflicts around the world, etc. The report presents a series of suggestions on reducing the effects of climate change on water resources including the government planning for water resources and the demand changes, ensuring the disadvantaged children's access to safe water, considering climate change when formulating the policies on water and sanitation; preventing water pollution and depletion by businesses and communities, etc.
3. The IPC-1401 "Guide to supply chains social responsibility management" is published
On February 15, during the APEX of the United States, the international association for electronic industry connectivity (IPC) officially launched the IPC-1401 "Guide to supply chains social responsibility management". The standard takes social responsibility as the customer request and has integrated it into the product, production process, product certification and supplier certification and purchasing decisions, guiding customers and suppliers to cooperate constructive and to gradually achieve or exceed the RoHS/REACH product compliance standards and EICC/SA8000 standard. IPC - 1401 standard adopts the 2015 version of ISO management system standards framework which can be integrated with ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and SA8000 standards. It changes from the traditional compliance audit mode to immersive social responsibility management and realized the business model transformation which can effectively prevent the supplying risk and improve supply chain efficiency, reduce costs, enhance competitiveness and improve customer satisfaction. IPC - 1401 standard were established by nearly 160 experts and volunteers from over 80 enterprises and over 10 industries including brand manufacturer of global electronic industry chain, electronic assembly manufacturers, electronics components manufacturers, authentication institutions, research institutions and industry associations, etc.
4.The United Nations development programme reports that the world's most marginalized groups are still left out
The United Nations development programme (UNDP) released 2016 human development report "human development for all", which points out that the average level of human development in all areas of the world have made significant progress between 1990 and 2015 by measuring the human development index, but there is still a third of the population living in the low level of human development. The report says that the deprivation of human development rights is not only severe, but also distributed, affecting some groups more than others. Women and girls, rural residents, indigenous people, ethnic minorities, the disabled, immigrants and refugees and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and bisexual people) are the most serious groups suffering from systemic exclusion, they not only face the obstacle of the economy, but also political, social, and cultural exclusion. The report calls for more detailed analysis to provide guidance for further action, including a shift to assessment of areas such as engagement and autonomy, key data, based on geographic, gender, socioeconomic status and race, that are critical to mastering who is being left out by human development.
5.The United Nations Global Compact launched a gender difference analysis tool based on women's empowerment
March 15, the United Nations Global Compact launched a gender difference analysis tool based on the principle of "empowering women"(WEPs). This online platform aims to help all the global business leaders to identify the superiority, the gap and opportunity on promoting gender equality and community empowerment for women in the workplace, and the market. The tool provides companies with an assessment of gender equality with 4 levels: "start", "improve", “achieved” or "leader". More than 170 companies in the world participated in the design of the tool. Companies around the world can take advantage of this tool and take steps to achieve gender equality. The UN global compact a month-long part of a series of measures. The goal is to make business leaders consciously pledge support for gender equality, diversity and inclusion. By the resources and aggregation provided by different business leaders, the UN Global Compact to prove that gender equality is the catalysts for enterprise success, economic growth and sustainable development.
6.Randstad Group publishes Labour Mobility Report
According to CSR Europe, Randstad has published a in-depth report on Labour mobility, "People to Jobs, Jobs to People." Research shows that labor mobility is significant in solving future labor shortages and contributing to economic growth and employment. The report examines the determinants of labour mobility, including three items: what is driving talent-flowing; outstanding progress in labor supply and demand; and evaluation on the enterprise's location behavior from a skill shortage perspective.
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