Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
Sustainable business (or ‘socially responsible business’) is at the top of the agenda for many organizations. That’s logical, since a good balance between ‘people’, ‘planet’ and ‘profit’ is a precondition for any organization’s continuity. A properly functioning sustainability policy offers opportunities. Customers, employees and others in the vicinity feel it’s important that an organization takes a responsible attitude to the environment and to health and safety. Sustainability is systematically interpreted and demonstrable using a management system, with the certificate as proof. An ISO 14001 certificate covers the ‘planet’ perspective, and an OHSAS 18001 certificate the ‘people’ part, relating to its own personnel.
Sustainable business involves at a minimum fulfilling legal requirements, or else an organization’s credibility is questionable. A management system ensures that compliance is in order. A management system ensures that improvement is not incidental but that it is something embedded in the organization’s structure.
Generally recognized leaders in sustainability have both an ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001-certificate. All companies [in the Netherlands] with an ISO 14001 and/or OHSAS 18001 certificate can be found in the SCCM database.
- Database ISO 14001-certified organizations (available in Dutch)
- Database OHSAS 18001-certified organizations (available in Dutch)
- Database ISO 50001-certified organizations (available in Dutch)