Meeting the expectations of employees
Employees are a vital audience for reporting on sustainability, They are primary audience for presentation of the reporting as contributes to an increase in employee retention and loyalty which in turn impacts postively the workforce as a whole which ultimately leads to better performances.
[…] As a leading maker of solar panels, Trina Solar focuses its entire business purpose in sustainability. Thus, evaluating them on their CSR and sustainability performance almost seems a bit intimidating. But Trina Solar have taken a very engaging attitude toward the EcoVadis evaluation and embraced all theme aspects to maintain and improve their solid score performance. Read the full interview, conducted by EcoVadis, of Jodie Roussell, Head of Public Affairs (Europe & Africa) at Trina Solar.
“We have found, though, that EcoVadis Scorecard sharing gives our clients a greater feeling of comfort because the information has been reviewed by a third party. They feel comfortable with the information and give priority to higher risk sites and suppliers.” Jodie Roussell.
This is about certificates for OH&S (Occupational Health & Safety) management systems. EcoVadis accepts them as evidence.
In Germany, a well known CAB (accredited Compliance Assessment Body) of OH&S management systems tolerated for several years a very obvious non compliance of his client with OHSAS 18001:2007. Seemingly the client certified by that CAB did not like the terms in OHSAS 18001:2007 and therefore kept using the terms of OHSAS 18001:1999, which are less demanding. After some years an employee discovered that. The accreditation body DAkkS initiated a re-audit.
In Germany, at least the big CABs protect employers, not employees. The best OHSAS 18001 audits in Europe probably are run in the Netherlands, where the SCCM auditing scheme is applied.
Bad audits of OH&S managements systems by CABs and by the authorities are a problem for companies like EcoVadis. Certificates provided by accredited CABs simplify their efficiency optimized document audits (remote audits in most cases). But even with well known suppliers and CABs those assessment providers like EcoVadis cannot rely on OHSAS 18001 audits. One way to verify the quality of OHSAS 18001 implementation could be to check, whether assessed suppliers really register and evaluate all incidents defined in clause 3.9 (and clause 3.8) in OHSAS 18001:2007.
Before employees can read a CSR report of their employer, it has to be disclosed to them. First things first. Right?
You may want to have a look at http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1757-three-ways-to-get-people-to-read-your-corporate-responsibility-report:
Three Ways to Get People to Read your Corporate Responsibility Report
Submitted by: Judy Sandford
Posted: Sep 06, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Your employees, consumers, shareholders and others are demanding more corporate responsibility (CR) information from companies, but they probably aren’t reading your CR report. […]
Judy Sandford (no relation to EcoVadis) is right. The bad news: There are employers who do not want their employees to read the CSR report, if it is an EcoVadis Premium Report. These employers even reject the employees representatives’ request to read the report.
How can employees read the report if there are zero ways to get it from their employer? When will EcoVadis publish a policy on how to support the employees of assessed suppliers as stakeholders in the CSR of these suppliers?
Can you send me the EcoVadis Premium Report on EcoVadis? If not, do you disclose it at least to your 250 employees?
Your concept for the EcoVadis Premium Reports is excellent. There also is a chapter on “LABOR PRACTICES & HUMAN RIGHTS (LAB)”. In the chapter, employees of companies assessed by EcoVadis could find several pages on policies, actions and results.
Regrettably, some companies disclose their reports to customers only, but not to their employees. They trust their customers more than their own employees.
As long as an organization assessed by EcoVadis refuses to disclose their EcoVadis Premium Report at least to the own employees, these employees have to assume that there is something wrong in what their employer reported to EcoVadis.
In Germany, works councils are legally obliged to supervise the implementation of OH&S regulations and environment protection regulations in their organization. Therefore hiding any reports describing
• the state of OH&S and
• the state of environmental protection
from employee representatives is an infringement of their rights and interfers with the works council’s obligatory tasks. In order to obtain the report, works councils would have to sue the employer. But often works councils are to weak to do that. Here support from EcoVadis would help to settle conflicts out of court.
According to EcoVadis, “trade unions” already are legitimate stakeholders. Please describe the process which trade unions can use in order to obtain EcoVadis Premium Reports from those companies in which these trade unions represent employees. Understandibly, employees as stakeholders are curious about the chapter on “LABOR PRACTICES & HUMAN RIGHTS (LAB)”.
Please develop and publish an EcoVadis policy which shows that EcoVadis compassionately encourages assessed companies to disclose their EcoVadis Premium Reports to all parties who have a legitimate stake in the CSR of that company.