Social Fairness
Version 3.0

Positive Support for Social Systems

The Social Fairness category ensures that progress is made towards sustaining business operations that protect communities and workers along the value chain and contribute to all stakeholder interests including employees, customers, community members, and the environment. It is important for business ethics to go beyond the confines of the corporate office and permeate the supply chain, engaging responsible manufacturing, enforcing fair treatment of workers, and reinvesting in natural capital.



Version 3.0 Standard Requirements

See Version 2.1.1 standards

The table below highlights each unique requirement within the Social Fairness category across all levels. In general, to achieve a given level, the requirements at all lower levels are to be met as well. The sections to follow will provide interpretation and suggested methods for achievement.

basic
  • A basic self-audit is conducted to assess protection of fundamental human rights.
  • Management procedures aiming to address any identified issues are provided. Demonstration of progress on the management plan is required for re-application.
bronze
  • A full social responsibility self-audit is complete and a positive impact strategy is developed (based on UN Global Compact Tool or B-Corp).
silver
  • COMPLETE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Material specific and/or issue-related audit or certification relevant to a minimum of 25% of the product material by weight is complete (FSC Certified, Fair Trade, etc.). OR
  • Supply chain-relevant social issues are fully investigated and a positive impact strategy is developed. OR
  • The company is actively conducting an innovative social project that positively impacts employee’s lives, the local community, global community, social aspects of the product’s supply chain, or recycling/reuse.
gold
  • Two of the Silver-Level requirements are complete.
platinum
  • A facility-level audit is completed by a third party against an internationally recognized social responsibility program (e.g., SA8000 standard or B-Corp).
  • All Silver-Level requirements are complete.


Program References

Social Hotspots Database (SHdb)
Social Hotspots database is the recommended tool for performing a streamlined self audit as required at the Basic level.

UN Declaration of Human Rights
Model for management procedures to be drafted as part of Basic requirement, including appropriate definitions of living wage and child labor

UN Global Compact
Model for management procedures to be drafted as part of Basic requirement, including appropriate definitions of living wage and child labor

International Labor Organization Core Conventions and Recommendations
Model for management procedures to be drafted as part of Basic requirement, including appropriate definitions of living wage and child labor

B-Labs B Impact Assessment
The B Impact Assessment is initially done as an online self-assessment, and fulfills the Bronze level requirement for conducting a full social self-audit. If this self-audit is third party verified, this program meets the Platinum level requirement for social fairness.

UN Global Compact Self Assessment Tool
The UN Global Compact Tool is an online self-assessment, and fulfills the Bronze level requirement for conducting a full social self-audit. This tool is especially recommended when a facility is found to be located in areas with high or very high potential for fundamental human rights issues

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Use of FSC Certified material may count towards the optional requirement of having an issue or industry specific certification applicable to 25% or more of the product at the Silver level and above.

Fair Trade International
Use of Fair Trade Certified material may count towards the optional requirement of having an issue or industry specific certification applicable to 25% or more of the product at the Silver level and above.

UTZ Certified
Use of UTZ Certified material may count towards the optional requirement of having an issue or industry specific certification applicable to 25% or more of the product at the Silver level and above.

Social Accountability International SA8000
A full facility level audit that is completed and certified by a third party against the ISO SA8000 standard fulfills the Platinum level requirement Social fairness. This program may simultaneously meet several lower level requirements as well.

Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
A full facility level audit that is completed by a third party against the BSCI standard fulfills the Platinum level requirement Social fairness. This program may simultaneously meet several lower level requirements as well.

Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP)
A full facility level audit that is completed by a third party against the GSCP standard fulfills the Platinum level requirement Social fairness. This program may simultaneously meet several lower level requirements as well.

Worldwide Responsible Production (WRAP)
A full facility level audit that is completed by a third party against the WRAP standard fulfills the Platinum level requirement Social fairness. This program may simultaneously meet several lower level requirements as well.