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Understanding Codes Standards and Guidelines For sustainability and Social Responsibility

Seminar Content

This 1.5 day workshop provides an introduction to the most recognised international codes, standards and guidelines for sustainability and social responsibility. Specifically, the course will enable participants to understand and apply the requirements of the UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, UN Framework on Business and Human Rights, ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility and SA 8000. Participants also will be introduced to ISO’s new Annex SL (formerly ISO Guide 83), which sets out a template for the alignment and integration of management system standards.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for Compliance Managers, Legal Affairs Managers, ISO Implementation Team Members, and Management Representatives for Quality, Environment, Occupational Health & Safety, Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

A general understanding of one or more ISO-type management system standard (e.g. ISO 9001:2008/2015 DIS, ISO 14001:2004/2015 CD, OHSAS 18001:2007/ISO 45001:2016 WD) is recommended, but not essential.

Seminar Materials and Certificate

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a Certificate of Completion from Omnex Inc., an Exemplar Global certified training provider.

Seminar Instructor

The course will be presented by Dr Wayne Visser, a globally recognised sustainability expert and Vice President of Sustainability Services for Omnex Inc. See Dr Visser’s biography here.

Seminar Goals

  • Assess the relevance and scope of international codes, standards and guidelines for sustainability and social responsibility
  • Understand the basic requirements of five key global codes, standards and guidelinesfor sustainability and social responsibility.
  • Reviewthe new ISO Annex SL for the alignment and integration of management system standards.

Seminar Outline

Day one (full day)

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Understanding the sustainability and social responsibility standards landscape
    • History of sustainability and social responsibility codes, standards and guidelines
    • Types of sustainability and social responsibility codes, standards and guidelines
    • Selecting sustainability and social responsibility codes, standards and guidelines
  • The UN Global Compact
    • Concepts and 10 Principles
    • Reporting requirements
    • Management systems
  • The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
    • Concepts and 9 Principles
    • Grievance and mediation procedures
    • Implementation framework
  • ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility
    • Concepts and 7 Principles
    • Requirements for the 7 core subjects
    • Integration and management
  • Breakout Exercise 1: Identifying the appropriate sustainability and social responsibility standards: The Standards Map tool
  • Breakout Exercise 2: Implementing sustainability and social responsibility standards: The case of ISO 26000

Day Two (half-day)

  • The UN Framework on Business and Human Rights
    • Concepts and Principles
    • Protect, Respect and Remedy framework
    • Due diligence requirements
  • SA 8000
    • Concepts and 8 Principles
    • Management systems
    • Certification and auditing
  • Introduction to the ISO Annex SL framework for a generic management system
    • The new High Level Structure (HLS) for management system standards
    • How new Clause numbers apply to ISO 9001:2015 DIS, ISO 14001:2015 CD and ISO 45001:2016 WD
    • How the framework can help with the implementation of other sustainability and social responsibility standards
  • Breakout Exercise 3: Auditing sustainability and social responsibility standards: The case of SA 8000

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