Corporate Social Responsibility

The Firm supports its electronics industry manufacturing clients and others subject to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) standards through CSR auditing.  In addition to EHS regulatory elements, a CSR audit also includes Labor and Ethics (L/E) elements, and a review of the management systems in place to manage EHS and L/E.  CSR audit requirements and reporting structures are largely designed by particular industry groups such as the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the textile industry.  However, individual clients in these and other sectors also request modifications and improvements to these programs to allow them to tailor the audit scope to achieve a more critical review and opportunity for enhanced continuing improvement. 

CSR audits are largely designed to ensure that a customer’s supply chain companies are operating in a socially responsible manner.  Consequently, while a company may contract these audits for its own improvement, they also normally require their suppliers to participate in CSR audits since the supplier can affect their reputation.  CSR audits occur internationally, primarily in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, and India.  They have also been performed in Mexico and Brazil, as well as other South American and Central American countries, in Africa, and to a lesser extent in the U.S. and Europe.  However, as the CSR concept expands to include conflict gold, rare earth metals and extractives, carbon reporting, and other social issues, CSR auditing is bound to increase through most business sectors and to impact operations in all countries, e.g., California enacted a Human Trafficking law in 2012.     

Sustainability Program Design, Development, Support, Reporting, and Auditing.  The Firm has supported clients in their endeavor to develop truly sustainable environmental businesses.  However, our approach is to institute strategic environmental management.  Increasing market competitiveness, more comprehensive regulations, investor activism and changing consumer behavior are prompting more corporations to integrate sustainability into core business strategies, designs and operations. They are accomplishing this through the development of corporate sustainability plans that are aligned with corporate objectives, business strategies and operating models.  However, many fall short of developing a holistic approach from sales and marketing, plant day-to-day management, building design and operation, employee concerns, community involvement, through to product packaging, waste disposal and recycling,  Most simply focus on one or two aspects of their business and fail to take advantage of the potential gains available through a comprehensive sustainability – strategic environmental management approach.

Developing a unique sustainability plan will provide a practical roadmap that will link sustainability to bottom-line values. The key tenet of success is developing a plan with the client that is specific to the industry, the products manufactured and the impact the client has on the community and environment in which it operates. The innovation and strategies associated with the client’s sustainability plan will be a direct result of actual market needs, internal/external collaboration and corporate business strategy.

With PhD-level, significantly experienced sustainability professionals, and strong legal and technical EHS/CSR support, the Firm is uniquely staffed to provide the coordination necessary to accomplish a strategic environmental management program for any company.  Our experience in developing sustainability issues maps, vision statements, key performance indicators, metrics, and reports, along with our hands-on approach to EHS management makes us a truly valuable Sustainability partner, whether as a team member or as the Firm chosen to develop the program in a turn-key fashion.