Presentation on theme: "WEC International Corporate Social Responsibility Verification Protocol: The Reality of Implementing Social Responsibility Jim Lime Pfizer Inc April 26,"— Presentation transcript:
WEC International Corporate Social Responsibility Verification Protocol: The Reality of Implementing Social Responsibility Jim Lime Pfizer Inc April 26, 2001
Agenda Overview of Global Reporting Initiative Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Metrics WEC Audit Protocols WEC Verification Protocols WEC Filter Mechanism
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative The GRI is a long-term, multi-stakeholder, international undertaking whose mission is to develop and disseminate globally applicable sustainability reporting guidelines for voluntary use by organizations reporting on the economic, environmental, and social dimensions of their activities, products and services.
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative First Organizational Meeting in the Fall of 1997. Released the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines in June 2000. Greatest Degree of Consensus is with Environmental Indicators, Economic and Social Indicators are Less Developed.
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative GRI Steering Committee Members Include: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K.) Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants CECODES (Colombian Business Council for Sustainable Development)
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative GRI Steering Committee Members Include: Centre for Science and Environment (India) Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (U.S.) Council on Economic Priorities (U.S.) Environmental Auditing Research Group (Japan)
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative GRI Steering Committee Members Include: General Motors Corporation (U.S.) Green Reporting Forum (Japan) Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability (U.K.) Investor Responsibility Research Center (U.S.) ITT Flygt (Sweden)
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative GRI Steering Committee Members Include: New Economics Foundation (U.K.) SustainAbility, Ltd. (U.K.) United Nations Environment Programme World Business Council for Sustainable Development World Resources Institute
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative The Guidelines Provide a Framework for Reporting That Promotes Comparability Between Reporting Organizations. The Guidelines Do Not Provide Guidance On: –Data Collection –Information and Reporting Systems –Organizational Procedures for Preparing Reports
Overview of Global Reporting Initiative The Guidelines Do Not Provide Guidance On: –Monitoring Performance –Verification Practices –Standards of Performance
Five Reporting Principles and Practices Underlying Principles Qualitative Characteristics Classification of Performance-Reporting Elements Absolute Figures and Ratios/Relative Indicators Disclosure of Reporting Policies
Classification of Performance- Reporting Elements Categories: Areas or Groupings of Economic, Environmental or Social Areas of Concern Aspects: Types of Information Related to a Specific Category Indicators: Quantitative Measurement of an Individual Aspect
Absolute Figures and Ratios/Relative Indicators Self-Explanatory
Disclosure of Reporting Policies Prepared in Accordance with GRI Guidelines Scope of Report Conversion Factors Approaches to Data Collection Etc.
All Reports Following GRI Guidelines Should Include Six Sections CEO Statement Profile of Reporting Organization Executive Summary and Key Indicators Vision and Strategy Policies, Organization and Management Systems Performance
Global Reporting Initiative Metrics Three Components of Sustainability –Environmental Performance –Economic Performance –Social Performance
Global Reporting Initiative Metrics Environmental Performance –Thirty-six indicators –Includes both “Generally Applicable” and “Organization Specific.” –Categories include Energy; Materials; Water; Emissions, Effluents, and Waste; Transport; Suppliers; Products and Services; Land- Use/Biodiversity and Compliance.
Global Reporting Initiative Metrics Economic Performance –Twenty-three indicators –Categories include Profit; Intangible Assets; Investments; Wages and Benefits; Labor Productivity; Taxes; Community Development; Suppliers; and Products and Services.
Global Reporting Initiative Metrics Social Performance –Thirty-seven indicators –Categories include Quality of Management; Health and Safety; Wages and Benefits; Non- discrimination; Training/Education; Child Labor; Forced Labor; Freedom of Association; Human Rights; Indigenous Rights; Security; Suppliers; and Products and Services.
WEC Audit Protocols Useful Aid to Facilities In Preparing for Audit and Ensuring Indicator Expectations Are Met. Useful Probing Aid By The Audit Team To Assess Indicator Expectations Are Met. Positive Response To Protocol Questions Provides Reasonable Degree of Confidence That Indicator Expectations Have Been Met.
WEC Verification Protocols One of Many Possible Tools to Enhance the Quality and Reliability of Sustainability Reports. Detailed Audit Tool To Ensure Indicator Expectations Are Met.
WEC Audit Protocols Environmental Performance Indicators –Total Energy Use - Does the organization have a process that monitors total energy usage by type? –Initiatives to Move Towards Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency - Does the organization have a detailed plan to move towards renewable energy sources? Does the facility have goals and objectives to become more energy efficient?
WEC Audit Protocols Economic Performance Indicators –Net Profit/Earnings/Income - What are the net profit, earnings, and income figures for the organization? –Dividends - What dividends have been paid to shareholders?
WEC Audit Protocols Social Performance Indicators –Evidence of Employee Engagement in Shaping Management Decision-Making - What mechanisms are employed by the organization to engage employees in helping shape management decision-making?
WEC Verification Protocols Environmental Performance Indicators –Total Energy Usage - Review documents (invoices, tax records, internally generated usage reports, etc.) pertaining to all sources of energy usage by type. Select a major energy source and review monthly bills for the reporting period to verify that usage and cost figures are accurate.
WEC Verification Protocols Environmental Performance Indicators –Initiatives to Move Towards Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency - Review detailed plan to move the company to more renewable forms of energy and increased energy efficiency.
WEC Verification Protocols Economic Performance Indicators –Net Profit/Earnings/Income - Rely upon existing financial information and public accounting firm audits. –Dividends - Same as above.
WEC Verification Protocols Social Performance Indicators –Evidence of Employee Engagement in Shaping Management Decision-Making - The assessor should review the approaches taken by management to include employees in decision-making. The assessor should review the results from surveys, focus groups, employee-management sessions, luncheons, etc.
WEC Filter Mechanism Risk to the Organization Must be Considered to Limit the Number of Metrics to Those Deemed Important Filter Process Can Add or Delete Metrics Filter Mechanism Can Assess How an Organization is Performing and Form Basis for Improvement