As Much As Possible Sustainability

How we develop value

We build our foundation from ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility as this is one of very few international tools that been developed for and by practitioners. Between the years 2005 and 2010 some 450 experts from 99 countries and 40 international organisations wrote 27 definitions, 7 principles and more than 400 recommendations covering 37 issues. In total 100 pages that speak to all organisations of all types and sizes.

Since publication, ISO 26000 has been adopted (translated and promoted as national standard)  in more than 75 countries, many of which are developing countries. Tens of thousands of companies and organisations have used it to structure their contribution to sustainable development through social responsibility, see

ISO 26000 has a catalytic effect as it very clearly explains and sets into context the many other important tools that may be needed for successful sustainability performance, both management tools such Global Reporting Initiative, UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, but also more specific tools such as Forest Stewardship Council, Better Cotton Initiative and SA8000.

We develop value through use of national, regional and international sustainability standards with a focus on the 37 issues of potential impacts that all companies and organizations should consider:

Core subject: Organizational governance

Core subject: Human rights 
Issue 1: Due diligence
Issue 2: Human rights risk situations 
Issue 3: Avoidance of complicity
Issue 4: Resolving grievances
Issue 5: Discrimination and vulnerable groups
Issue 6: Civil and political rights
Issue 7: Economic, social and cultural rights
Issue 8: Fundamental principles and rights at work

Core subject: Labour practices
Issue 1: Employment and employment relationships 
Issue 2: Conditions of work and social protection 
Issue 3: Social dialogue 
Issue 4: Health and safety at work
Issue 5: Human development and training in the workplace 

Core subject: The environment

Issue 1: Prevention of pollution 
Issue 2: Sustainable resource use 
Issue 3: Climate change mitigation and adaptation 
Issue 4: Protection of the environment, biodiversity and restoration of natural habitats 

Core subject: Fair operating practices

Issue 1: Anti-corruption 
Issue 2: Responsible political involvement 
Issue 3: Fair competition
Issue 4: Promoting social responsibility in the value chain
Issue 5: Respect for property rights 

Core subject: Consumer issues

Issue 1: Fair marketing, factual and unbiased information and fair contractual practices 
Issue 2: Protecting consumers' health and safety 
Issue 3: Sustainable consumption 
Issue 4: Consumer service, support, and complaint and dispute resolution 
Issue 5: Consumer data protection and privacy 
Issue 6: Access to essential services 
Issue 7: Education and awareness 

Core subject: Community involvement and development

Issue 1: Community involvement 
Issue 2: Education and culture 
Issue 3: Employment creation and skills development 
Issue 4: Technology development and access 
Issue 5: Wealth and income creation 
Issue 6: Health 
Issue 7: Social investment