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  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The aim of the label is to prevent child labour in the natural stone industry in India and China and to ensure suitability for the European market. This is done through the ISES 2020 standard which, in addition to child labour, covers management systems, forced labour, occupational health and safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration, suppliers and environmental aspects. IGEP carries out these audits and certifications for the entire supply chain in many other industries as well.
The label is awarded by IGEP Consult Pvt. Ltd. IGEP originally stands for Indo German Export Promotion, a joint project of the German and Indian governments, which was implemented by GIZ (formerly GTZ) until 2005. Since 2005, IGEP has been run independently as a private consultancy firm. IGEP continues to promote economic cooperation between Indian and German companies.
The IGEP certification fee not only benefits the organisation itself but is also used to fund social activities such as education initiatives and health care in schools throughout India. Currently, IGEP runs 10 schools and a health centre for the poorer population groups, as well as vocational training courses.

Cred­ib­il­ity 37%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the standard
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Sources of Finance
  • Standard-Setting Process
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Clarity of claims
  • Scheme Management
    7/21
    • Governance
      7/13
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        memart Organisational Chart.pdf Roles & Responsibilities.pdf

      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        IGEP communication: Board meets regularly according to the Indian Legislation (Minutes, Decisions, Project proposals, etc.)

      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        personal communication ISES has a Board which consists of persons who are familiar with the auditing and certification procedure in the field of social and environmental compliance and have an excellent reputation. To avoid too strong influence by certain interest groups it has been decided to have two representatives each from the industry (and imports/ exports), from the government or administration, from NGOs and associations/ development organisations.

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)
      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        IGEP is an independent and non-profit private company under German management, operating for whole India. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/en_index.html

      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        ISES 2020 Document (Page 5) IGEP and Its Role The Indo German Export Promotion (IGEP) started in 1988 as a joint trade promotion programme of the Indian Ministry of Commerce and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It was implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fue Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH. Since July 2005, IGEP is working as a private company. (....) A specific focus in the services has always been put on the increasing relevance of compliance with social and environmental standards. To support companies to meet high customer standards for products manufactured under socially and environmentally acceptable conditions, IGEP has developed the ISES 2020. The standards and the auditing process ensure compliance with minimum social and environmental standards at the production sites and can cover the whole value chain.

    • Impact
      0/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        comment IGEP: The monitoring is taken care with the help of Annual reports which summarizes all the points which were taken from the reports of each visits.

      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      0/3
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Standard-Setting
    12/17
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: All stakeholders
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Members only (1 point)
      • Invitation only (1 point)
      • All stakeholders (2 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)

      Source:

      ISES 2020 Document (Page 07) The adapted standard furthermore deeper integrates environmental aspects than before. Further amendments in the field are tested at present and will be included after careful evaluation. comment MS: mentioned in ISES 2020 summary that standard changes are field tested. However no documented evidence (i.e. field test reports) that this is being done.

    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: No Information available
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: No Information available
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes, publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
  • Assurance
    22/68
    • Assurance System
      11/19
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)

        Source:

        ISES 2020 (International Social and Environmental Standard) Contents and Implementation (Version 2.01) http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Every potential applicant can get certified, as long as it is within the scope of the standards. All following activities are covered: • quarrying of stone blocks • transport to processing plants • cutting, polishing and trimming • packaging, transportation and shipment http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/en_index.html Support is offered to companies from India, Germany and the European Union. For more than two decades IGEP has been one of the key players in facilitating trade between Germany and India. We offer you complete support during your business activities in India. (....) For German companies we offer the following support: (....) Support during inspection and quality assurance To carry out quality, social and environment audits at factories/establishments/work sites in accordance with standards laid down by the Company.

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)

        Source:

        The cost In order to avoid a large cost burden IGEP expands effort to the lowest possible contributions. The rate is set in a way such that the costs of regular inspections are covered and next to it - just as in Rugmark – the implementation of projects for the benefit of poor children and populations can be realized. The focus is on education and vocational training, as well as measures and health care facilities. IGEP and Rugmark are currently maintaining 10 schools and an orphanage with a school as well as an effective health center. The total number of students is 3500. After years of experience in the carpet sector and other sectors a cost rate, that satisfies the goaloriented program requirements with minimal administrative effort, has been established in cooperation with manufacturers and buyers. It is • for buyers in Germany and other European countries at 1% of the value of exports on FOB basis • for Indian exporters to 0.25% of the fob export amount The members of the German initiative "Interessengemeinschaft Asiatische, Afrikanische und Lateinamerikanische Natursteine (IGN) e.V." a special group rate of 0.75 % (fob) has been agreed. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/Broschure%20(English).pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • No (confidential) (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Re-Audit: [...] If the corrective actions meet the requirements a second audit cycle will take place after two years to monitor the current situation at the company and to evaluate the development during the past years. For safe guarding a continuous improvement and the sustainability of measures unannounced control visits are carried out, normally two times within one year. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (2 points)

        Source:

        3 Certified Members • Certified Members • Certified Suppliers http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/en_downloads.html

      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes (publicly) (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Annual (1 point)
        • Every 3 years (1 point)
        • Every 5 years (1 point)
        • Ad hoc (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Conformity Assessment
      11/26
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        3/3
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (0 points)
          • 3rd party (1 point)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)

          Source:

          Audit After thorough preparation the company should arrange for the first audit being conducted at the company. The audit will be conducted by audit and certification companies and/or specially trained auditors. The purpose of this audit is to analyze the social and environmental performance of the company, in order to identify any need for improvement and to agree on appropriate corrective action where necessary. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          ISES 2020 (International Social and Environmental Standard) Contents and Implementation (Version 2.01) http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (1 point)

          Source:

          Correction and Implementation Phase: This is a phase of constructive cooperation. Based on the results and reports about the audit, corrective actions are being developed where the auditor found non-compliance with the requirements. A final social and environmental audit report sums up the results of the audit and the developed corrective action plan. The next step is the implementation of the corrective actions. Depending on the intensity, extent and complexity of such corrective actions, this may range from simple checks on implementation to additional awareness raising measures right up to intensive training programmes. A realistic period must be set for implementation of each corrective action plan. Some suggestions for the implementation process are: - Start with implementation of actions which prevent dangerous situations for employees and or for the company. - Then implementation of actions that involve a small amount of effort and can be realized with the means available. - Preference shall be given to those actions where an additional economic benefit can be likely expected for the company. During the implementation phase it is important to get together with the responsible people and or employees affected by the corrective actions, and generate an action plan for implementation as well as identify possible solutions together. This integrates the employees in the process, enforces their identification with the process and qualifies them at the same time. The implementation of corrective actions normally requires additional know how and trained personnel to recognize deficiencies in different areas of a company and to create know how so that the problem can be solved in future immediately by the employees themselves. A good training in the use of machines and tools enables the employees to better protect themselves. Furthermore a good training in the use of machines and tools enables the employees to better protect themselves from accidents. This also has a effect on the product quality. During this phase IGEP supports the companies where necessary with consultancy services. A close cooperation during this stage is important to realize a sustainable change and to avoid unnecessary costs for the companies. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

      • Sustainability Audits
        8/12
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)
        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 1 year or less
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (2 points)
          • 1-2 years (2 points)
          • 2-3 years (2 points)
          • 4-5 years (1 point)
          • 5 years or more (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Re-Audit: The re-audit is to check implementation of the corrective actions taken and whether the deviations found in the previous audit have been corrected. In case of non-conformities during the first audit, a re-audit has to be placed after elapse of the implementation period agreed within the CAP of 6 months after the previous audit. If the corrective actions meet the requirements a second audit cycle will take place after two years to monitor the current situation at the company and to evaluate the development during the past years. For safe guarding a continuous improvement and the sustainability of measures unannounced control visits are carried out, normally two times within one year. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          For safe guarding a continuous improvement and the sustainability of measures unannounced control visits are carried out, normally two times within one year. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          ISES 2020 (summary) page 14,15/21 The audit normally comprises the following components: - Introductory Meeting: - Interview with the management: - Inspection of the documents: - Site Inspection: - Interviews with employees: - Report based on Audit Results: - Final Meeting: http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Required
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          For safe guarding a continuous improvement and the sustainability of measures unannounced control visits are carried out, normally two times within one year. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          ISES 2020 (International Social and Environmental Standard) Contents and Implementation (Version 2.01) http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/ISES%202020%20(Standard).pdf

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          personal communication To judge wheather a company is compliance or not is done here in the head office based on the audit reports of that company from two different auditors.

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        0/4
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (1 point)
          • Member removed from a group (0 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Chain of Custody
        0/6
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (1 point)
          • 2nd party (1 point)
          • 3rd party (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Laboratory Testing
        0/1
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (1 point)
          • Yes publicly (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (2 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: No Information available
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Auditor Competencies
      0/7
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      0/16
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (2 points)
        • 1 year (2 points)
        • 2-3 years (2 points)
        • 4-5 years (1 point)
        • >5 years (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
  • Claims & Traceability
    5/19
    • Traceability
      0/6
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Claims & Labelling
      5/13
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        http://www.igep.org/stonelabel.html What is sealed or sealed with a sticker? Natural stones from India include a large number of different products. It is important that each grave stone, each ingot and any plate is provided with a sticker. For all other natural stone products, a sticker on the box, pallet or container is attached. Who glues the seal? IGEP receives a copy of the order from the purchaser containing information about how many stickers are required. The corresponding number of stickers will be sent to the manufacturer by courier. He glues himself and in his full personal responsibility. How does the seal look like? Each seal has a number. It consists of four parts: the code for the purchaser a code for the supplier the serial number for the stone or the packaging the date of the order. Printing as well as insertion of the number is done by IGEP in India. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/Broschure%20(English).pdf

      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Each seal has a number. It consists of four parts: • the code for the purchaser • a code for the supplier • the serial number for the stone or the packaging • the date of the order http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/Broschure%20(English).pdf

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Each seal has a number. It consists of four parts: • the code for the purchaser • a code for the supplier • the serial number for the stone or the packaging • the date of the order The printing as well as the insertion of the number is done by IGEP in India. This method has proved successful in the past twenty years at Rugmark. It also facilitates the payment of the agreed funding contributions by suppliers and importers. It is important that no delivery take place without corresponding stickers. It is up to each importer to use additional labels such as “Schools for Children" or something similar. http://igep-zertifikation-natursteine.org/Downloads/Broschure%20(English).pdf

      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (1 point)
        • 50-74% (1 point)
        • 75-94% (2 points)
        • 95-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (1 point)
        • 21-50% (1 point)
        • 51-74% (2 points)
        • 75-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

En­vir­on­ment 64%

  • Reducing Energy Consumption (Production Phase)
  • Land rehabilitation
  • Permits
  • Proper handling of chemicals
  • Reduction of water consumption (production phase)
  • Waste management (production phase)
  • Criteria on Air Pollution
  • Criteria on noise emission
  • Compliance with nvironmental laws and regulations
  • Chemicals
    1/3
    • Chemical Use
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemical use?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Handling of Chemicals
      1/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on proper handling of chemicals by qualified personnel?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        b. Handling of chemicals:  Always handle and store all sorts of chemicals in a proper manner, legal regulations have to be observed in details.  Protective clothing (protective gloves, protective glasses, protective shoes and respiratory protection equipment) must be worn by employees who work with hazardous chemicals and by employees who have long term exposure to chemicals.  Chemical substances must be marked as such. It must be clear from the marking what chemical these are and how dangerous they are to health. The marking has to be visible at all times.  Chemical substances must be stored correctly, tidily and safely. For example, it is not permissible for tanks to heave leaks. The safest way of providing protection is this respect is for tanks to be placed in collecting basins. The tanks must provide long-term fulfillment of their protective function, in accordance with the dangers from the chemicals. Tanks are to be placed in such a way that the danger marking is visible during storage.  There must be no danger to the environment from the storage and use of the chemical substances. Disposal must be treated in the proper manner.  Access to chemicals must be granted only to authorize persons.  There must be a regulated system of reception, withdrawal and disposal of chemicals that must be recorded.  Safety regulations and emergency plans must be exhibited openly and must be known to all employees. Employees must also be aware of the risks, which may result from handling the chemicals and must know in details what has to be done in the event of emergency.  Chemical substances should be kept only in small quantities at the workplace, ideally only in the quantity directly for the work. This reduces the risk involved in handling the chemicals.  If exhaust gases, vapor or dust are released, there must be extracted to the open air.  The material safety data sheets must be kept available at the workplace. It shows among other things the composition and hazard potential of the respective chemicals.  A responsible employee is to be appointed to supervise compliance with the safety regulations.  Where hazardous processes take place, or where hazardous substances are used or handled, a safety committee consisting of an equal number of representatives of workers and management to promote co-operation between the workers and the management is to be set up. Its task is the maintenance of proper safety health at work and the periodical review of the measures taken in that behalf.  Maintain accurate up-to-date health records and/or medical records of employees who are exposed to chemicals, toxic or other harmful substances.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Occupational Health and Safety

  • Biodiversity & Ecosystems
    2/5
    • Ecosystem Values and Functions
      2/5
      • Does the standard have requirements to respect legally protected and internationally recognized areas?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme include criteria for the monitoring and protection of High Conservation Value Areas?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on rehabilitation of expended areas to reactivate them as an ecosystem?
        Answer: Basic: Requirement for rehabilitation plan
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Requirement for rehabilitation plan (1 point)
        • Advanced: Plan and obliged reserve fund for rehabilitation (2 points)

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        Biodiversity:

      • Does the standard require a biodiversity management plan to continuously manage impacts during the extraction phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Biodiversity:  Phase 1: The initiation of feasibility studies and environmental and social impact assessments. A preliminary baseline examination encompassing the physical, biological and socioeconomic environment in the form of an Initial Environment Examination (IEE) is proposed as a means of starting the scoping and preparation phase. The Purpose of an IEE at this stage of mining life cycle process would be to: a) Establishing the need for further surveys and environmental assessments b) Establish relations with Governments/Environmental Authorities and Regulators (EPAs) for a continual dialogue and feedback process on the legal requirements and applicable guidelines for site development and environmental assessment protocols and procedures c) Compile a biodiversity action plan to monitor key biodiversity indicators and highlight any mitigation measures, offsets in a biodiversity management matrix d) Start stakeholder consultation so that stakeholder concerns are incorporated in the preliminary stages and “double-backing” is reduced significantly and resources can be allocated effectively

        Referenzdokumente:

        Environment Protection

  • Water
    3/5
    • Water use
      3/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor volumes of water consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Monitor water volumes & increase efficiency (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Water / Waste water Waste water is used water. This can be water polluted with chemicals but also water used in kitchens and canteens. It must not be discharged without treatment. Minimizing the consumption of water, conservation of water and reducing waste water enables saving of costs and reduction in the impact on the environment.  Reduce consumption of water in production  Establish good house-keeping measures to minimize the consumption of water through: o Monitoring of everyday water consumption and quality o Installation of water meters and level controllers o Introduction of closed water systems to reduce water consumption o Avoidance of spillage and leakage o Checking on running tabs o Reusing of suitable water sources (ex: rain water for toilet flushing or watering of garden areas)

        Referenzdokumente:

        Water / Waste water

      • Does the standard include criteria on reusing/recycling or harvesting water?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

         Establish good house-keeping measures to minimize the consumption of water through: o Reusing of suitable water sources (ex: rain water for toilet flushing or watering of garden areas)

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        Water / Waste water

    • Impacts on Water Resources
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on impacts on the water levels of surface and/or ground water?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the quality of surface and/or ground water?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Energy and Climate
    2/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      2/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: Advanced: Increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor energy consumption over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Increase efficiency OR increase use of renewables (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

         Establish an energy conservation plan that considers the minimization of heating and cooling, water heating, windows and lighting.  Monitoring of the every-day energy consumption  Proper maintenance and upgrading of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.  Establish good housekeeping measures to minimize the use of energy: o Installation of programmable thermostats that adjust the times of turning on and off for the heating / air conditioning system and water heating. o Installation of white window shades to reflect heat away from the building o Installation of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL‟s) o Avoid running machines which are not in actual use for production o Ensure proper insulation of hot water pipes to avoid energy losses o Installation of adequate electrical cabling and wiring to avoid any waste of electricity and damage to machines o Check possibility to adjust air conditioning system to a less cool temperature (22-24 degree centigrade)

        Referenzdokumente:

        Energy Conservation:

  • Waste and Air Pollution
    6/7
    • Waste Management
      3/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on measures to reduce waste?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

         Establish good housekeeping measures to minimize the accumulation of waste / hazardous material : o Monitor the quality of purchased raw material o Only keep the quantity of really necessary inputs in store o Ask the suppliers whether raw material could be purchased with less packaging o Ensure proper storage to protect raw materials from floor water and ground level humidity. o Separate waste from recyclable waste o Use intact and safe containers to prevent leakage o Go for Recycling / reusing / selling certain waste (e.g. paper, glass, plastic) o Reduce /avoid and reject trade returns o Check possibilities to reduce the packages of own products

        Referenzdokumente:

        Waste / Hazardous Waste:

      • Does the standard include criteria on re-using or recycling waste on-site?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

         Establish good housekeeping measures to minimize the accumulation of waste / hazardous material : o Monitor the quality of purchased raw material o Only keep the quantity of really necessary inputs in store o Ask the suppliers whether raw material could be purchased with less packaging o Ensure proper storage to protect raw materials from floor water and ground level humidity. o Separate waste from recyclable waste o Use intact and safe containers to prevent leakage o Go for Recycling / reusing / selling certain waste (e.g. paper, glass, plastic) o Reduce /avoid and reject trade returns o Check possibilities to reduce the packages of own products

        Referenzdokumente:

        Waste / Hazardous Waste:

      • Does the standard include criteria on waste management in the production phase?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        If goods are produced in a company, this always is connected with waste. Avoidance of waste/hazardous waste is the best strategy for dealing with waste materials. Reducing the waste and recycling the waste material enables to save cost and to reduce pollution of the environment. The waste that rises within the production process must be disposed of properly. This means that the waste material must not pollute the environment. This applies as well to hazardous waste. The company is responsible for a proper disposal of waste materials and has to bear the cost of it.

        Referenzdokumente:

        Waste / Hazardous Waste:

    • Air pollution (excl. GHG) and Emission
      3/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on air pollution?
        Answer: Advanced: Filtering systems or processing technology
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor emissions over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Filtering systems or processing technology (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Establish a monitoring system to regularly verifying the values of the emissions and if they are within the legal regulations.  Establish good house-keeping measures to minimize the emissions of toxic and / or unnatural substances and gases that pollute the air:  Employment of filters

        Referenzdokumente:

        Air

      • Does the standard include criteria on noise emissions from the production site?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor noise levels over time
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor noise levels over time (1 point)
        • Advanced: Reduce noise (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

         Phase 2: Operations Phase Start environmental monitoring, reporting and auditing phase Use Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to monitor change in resources (water, air emissions and noise). Biodiversity and human impact against EMP. The ISES 2020 recommends a GIS framework which can be used to reflect the amount of change (deviation) in a particular resource from the environmental management plan. Since a GIS uses a database to store records it is also a valuable tool for monitoring and reporting site activity till site closure. Activities in this phase will include [...] c) Air emission and noise monitoring and impact on local wildlife

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        Biodiversity:

  • Environmental Management
    2/3
    • Does the standard include a general criterion on compliance with all relevant local, regional and national environmental laws and regulations?
      Answer: Yes
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      National Legal Regulations The national legal requirements are applicable particularly with respect to: - Environmental issues Legal Framework of the ISES 2020 The framework of the ISES 2020 is constituted by national regulations under social, labour and environmental law of India and complies as well with international conventions declarations and internationally applicable certification system SA 8000 of Social Accountability International (SAI). To facilitate the work with European companies ISES 2000 and 2020 have been given to the Foreign Trade Association of the German retail Trade in Cologne, which formed on this basis the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI, Brussels). If there are discrepancies at points where national and international regulations overlap, it is recommended to follow the more stringent rule as long as this is possible and implementable without violating national principles.

      Referenzdokumente:

      National Legal Regulations Legal Framework of the ISES 2020

    • Does the standard include criteria to ensure that relevant and up-to-date permits are held (such as water use rights or land use titles)?
      Answer: Yes No
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      National Legal Regulations The national legal requirements are applicable particularly with respect to: - Environmental issues Important laws and acts to consider are: - The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (including the Environment (Protection) (Fifth Amendment) Rules, 2014, 2016 & 2017)

      Referenzdokumente:

      National Legal Regulations

    • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the environmental risks and impacts of production/operations prior to any significant intensification or expansion of business operations/cultivation and infrastructure?
      Answer: Yes
      Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      Biodiversity:  Phase 1: The initiation of feasibility studies and environmental and social impact assessments. A preliminary baseline examination encompassing the physical, biological and socioeconomic environment in the form of an Initial Environment Examination (IEE) is proposed as a means of starting the scoping and preparation phase. The Purpose of an IEE at this stage of mining life cycle process would be to: a) Establishing the need for further surveys and environmental assessments b) Establish relations with Governments/Environmental Authorities and Regulators (EPAs) for a continual dialogue and feedback process on the legal requirements and applicable guidelines for site development and environmental assessment protocols and procedures c) Compile a biodiversity action plan to monitor key biodiversity indicators and highlight any mitigation measures, offsets in a biodiversity management matrix d) Start stakeholder consultation so that stakeholder concerns are incorporated in the preliminary stages and “double-backing” is reduced significantly and resources can be allocated effectively

      Referenzdokumente:

      Environment Protection


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 56%

  • Freedom of Association
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Legal Minimum Wage
  • Minimization of mineral dust
  • Protective Equipment
  • Core Labour Standards along the Supply Chain
  • Prohibition of Forced Labour
  • Minimum Age / ILO 138
  • Prohibition of the worst forms of child labour / ILO 182
  • Equal Remuneration / ILO 100
  • Provision of Social Benefits
  • Social and Cultural Rights and Community Engagement
    0/3
    • Social and Cultural Rights
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on dispute resolution mechanisms for affected communities?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on the protection of local historical, archaeological, cultural, and spiritual properties and sites?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    31/45
    • ILO Core Conventions
      9/9
      • Does the standard require compliance with (at least) all ILO core labour standards for different suppliers along the supply chain?
        Answer: Advanced: all tier 1 suppliers
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: main tier 1 suppliers (1 point)
        • Advanced: all tier 1 suppliers (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Already the first requirement of the ISES 2020 treats the issues of suppliers and sub-suppliers. This specific requirement focuses once again on all companies that supply any services and goods for production with the aim of implementing the standard throughout all the production processes including the supplied goods and services by other companies and / or homeworkers.  The company has to ensure that the Code of Conduct is adhered to by the sub-suppliers and / or contractors / sub-contractors as well. Management Systems Control of Suppliers 1.6 The company shall establish and maintain appropriate procedures to evaluate and select suppliers based on their ability to meet the requirements of this standard. 1.7 The company shall maintain appropriate records of supplier‟s commitment to social accountability including but not limited to the suppliers written commitment to : a. Conform to all requirements of this standard (Including this clause) b. Participation in the company‟s monitoring activities as requested c. Promptly remediate any non-conformance identified against the requirements of this standard d. Promptly and completely inform the company about any and all relevant business relationships with other supplier(s) and subcontractor(s) 1.8 The company shall maintain reasonable evidence that the requirements of this standard are being met by suppliers and subcontractors

        Referenzdokumente:

        Upstream Suppliers / Sub-Suppliers Management Systems

      • Does the standard include criteria on freedom of association and the right to organize as described in ILO 87?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 87 (Freedom of Association)

        Referenzdokumente:

        International Regulations

      • Does the standard include criteria on the right to collective bargaining, as laid down by ILO 98?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 98 (Right to Collective Bargaining)

        Referenzdokumente:

        International Regulations

      • Does the standard prohibit forced and compulsory labour as defined in ILO 29 and ILO 105?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 29 and 105 (Forced and Bonded Labor)

        Referenzdokumente:

        International Regulations

      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of child labour as defined under ILO 138?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 138 and Recommendation 146 (Minimum Age and Recommendations) Child Labour The employment of children under 15 years of age is illegal in India according to national legislation and international conventions. For young employees up to the age of 18 years there are special restrictions to be followed. . The ISES 2020 has following requirements regarding the issue of child labour and the employment of young workers:  The company shall not engage in or support the use of child labour as defined above.  The company shall establish, document, maintain and effectively communicate to personnel and other interested parties policies and procedures for remediation of children found to be working in situations, which fit the definition of child labour above. They shall provide adequate support to enable such children to attend and remain in school until he / she is no longer a child as defined above.  The company shall establish, document, maintain and effectively communicate to personnel and other interested parties policies and procedures for promotion of education for children covered under ILO recommendation 146 and young workers who are subject to local compulsory education laws or are attending school. This includes means to ensure that no such child or young worker is employed during school hours and that combined hours of daily transportation (to and fro from work and school), school and work time does not exceed 10 hours a day.  The company shall not expose children or young workers to situations in or outside of the workplace that are hazardous, unsafe or unhealthy

        Referenzdokumente:

        International Regulations Child Labour

      • Does the standard cover requirements on the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour as defined under ILO 182?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 182 (Worst Form of Child Labor) The employment of children under 15 years of age is illegal in India according to national legislation and international conventions. For young employees up to the age of 18 years there are special restrictions to be followed. The ISES 2020 has following requirements regarding the issue of child labour and the employment of young workers: [...]  The company shall not expose children or young workers to situations in or outside of the workplace that are hazardous, unsafe or unhealthy. Child Labour The Indian Law: The national legal requirements for young employees are stipulated in „ The Factories Act‟ of 1948, Chapter VII on the „Employment of Young Persons‟. Further details about hours and safety are defined in „The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act‟ of 1986 (Further amended in May 2015 and 2016). The legal framework states: [...] 6. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (Section 75): Punishment for cruelty to child: whoever having the actual charge of, or control over, a child, assaults, abandons, abuses, exposes or willfully neglects the child or causes or procures the child to be assaulted, abandoned, abused, exposed or neglected in a manner likely to cause such child unnecessary mental or physical suffering, shall be punishable by law.

        Referenzdokumente:

        International Regulations Child Labour

      • Does the standard address the payment of equal wages as defined in ILO 100?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 100 and 111 (Equal Remuneration for Male and Female Workers for Work of Equal Value, Non Discrimination)

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        International Regulations

      • Does the standard include criteria on the non-discrimination in the workplace, as defined in ILO 111?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        The ISES 2020 is based on internationally recognized standards developed by different organizations. It is oriented on the core labor standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The following working standards are applicable: - ILO Convention 100 and 111 (Equal Remuneration for Male and Female Workers for Work of Equal Value, Non Discrimination)

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        International Regulations

    • Labour Rights
      13/20
      • Voluntary Labour
        0/2
        • Does the standard prohibit the withholding of workers' documents?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: must prohibit the withholding of workers' documents (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The Indian Law Forced labour as defined by the ILO Convention is all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered him / her voluntarily. Force may be physical, mental or material. In India the aspects of forced labour are regulated in „The Bonded labour System (Abolition) Act‟ of 1976. The legal framework states: [...] 4. Original documents of the workers should not be kept after verification. Components and Tools Regarding the Abolition of Forced Labour [...]  It is not permitted to retain original documents, such as ID cards, passports or birth certificates, nor monetary deposits, in order to exert pressure on employees.

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          Forced Labour

        • Does the standard include criteria on the freedom of movemenent of employees?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Must not restrict freedom of movement (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Components and Tools Regarding the Abolition of Forced Labour  Employees must have the option at any time of leaving the company site and any accommodation / dormitory they use.

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          Forced Labour

      • Child Labour
        1/1
        • Does the standard require verification and documentation of age of (young) workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Documentation System: [...]  Setup of a personal data file for all employees, including: o Copies of ID cards or birth certificates, doctor‟s certificates, school leaving Child labour Components and Tools Regarding the Abolition of Child Labour:  Establish a documentation system for proof of age upon requirement certificates. o Registration with social security. o Copy of the employment contract including family name and first name of employee, date of birth, address, company name and address, beginning of employment (if applicable end of employment), clauses indicating period of notice for termination of employment, information of probation period, amount of gross pay plus bonuses and special gratification, working tasks and areas of employment, special agreements, date and signatures of employees and date and signature of employer.

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          Management Systems Child labour

      • Gender
        1/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on the right to maternity leave (as defined in ILO 183)?
          Answer: Basic: Partial compliance
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Partial compliance (1 point)
          • Advanced: Full compliance (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          There are legal minimum wages stipulated by national law. These regulate the minimum wages to be paid to employees for regular working time, the payment of non-working, the payment of non-working time as well as supplements pay. Furthermore national and international regulation and the ISES 2020 envisage a pay or salary that should be sufficient to meet the basic needs. ISES 2020 has following specific requirements and propositions regarding the issue of compensation:  The company shall ensure that wages paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and shall always be sufficient to meet basic needs of personnel and to provide some discretionary income.  The company shall ensure that deductions from wages are not made for disciplinary purposes and shall ensure that wage and benefits composition are detailed clearly and regularly for workers. The company shall ensure that wages and benefits are rendered either in cash or check form in a manner convenient to workers.  The company shall ensure that labour only on contracting arrangements and false apprenticeship schemes is not undertaken in an effort to avoid fulfilling its obligations to personnel under applicable laws pertaining to labour and social security legislation and regulations. [...] Checklist [...]  The payment of wages must be continued for certain non working periods, like national and religious holidays, during sickness, during maternity leave and parental leave, during the days of vacation stipulated by law or agreed for the company, during short time working (idle times) and in case of operational times off.

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          Compensation

      • Wages and Benefits
        6/8
        • Does the standard require paying wages sufficient to meet basic needs of the worker and his or her family (living wage)?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require paying legal minimum wages?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          There are legal minimum wages stipulated by national law. These regulate the minimum wages to be paid to employees for regular working time, the payment of non-working, the payment of non-working time as well as supplements pay. Furthermore national and international regulation and the ISES 2020 envisage a pay or salary that should be sufficient to meet the basic needs. ISES 2020 has following specific requirements and propositions regarding the issue of compensation:  The company shall ensure that wages paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and shall always be sufficient to meet basic needs of personnel and to provide some discretionary income. Checklist [...]  Wages must at least meet legal or industry minimum standards defined in the local labour laws or negotiated in collective bargaining agreements with the trade unions.

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          Compensation

        • Does the standard require the provision of social benefits?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Compensation Checklist [...]  The payment of social security contributions must be on extra deduction from employee wages for social security contributions. These are legal requirements. Management Systems  Setup of a personal data file for all employees, including: o Registration with social security.

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          Compensation Management Systems

        • Does the standard require compensating overtime?
          Answer: Advanced: Yes and overtime is paid at a rate of at least 125% of the regular income
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Yes (1 point)
          • Advanced: Yes and overtime is paid at a rate of at least 125% of the regular income (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

           The company shall ensure that overtime work (more than 48 hours per week) does not exceed 12 hours per employee per week, is not demanded other than in exceptional and short term business circumstances and is always remunerated at a premium rate. [...] Checklist [...]  Overtime is restricted to 12 hours per week or 50 hours per quarter. Overtime should remain an exception caused by exceptional business circumstances (delays caused by natural disaster, travel accidents that affect delivery etc.) and has to always be paid at premium rate and always be voluntary.

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          Working Hours

        • Does the standard require paid leave?
          Answer: Advanced: Two out of three (casual/sick/annual leave)
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Two out of three (casual/sick/annual leave) (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          There are legal minimum wages stipulated by national law. These regulate the minimum wages to be paid to employees for regular working time, the payment of non-working, the payment of non-working time as well as supplements pay. Furthermore national and international regulation and the ISES 2020 envisage a pay or salary that should be sufficient to meet the basic needs. ISES 2020 has following specific requirements and propositions regarding the issue of compensation:  The company shall ensure that wages paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and shall always be sufficient to meet basic needs of personnel and to provide some discretionary income.  The company shall ensure that deductions from wages are not made for disciplinary purposes and shall ensure that wage and benefits composition are detailed clearly and regularly for workers. The company shall ensure that wages and benefits are rendered either in cash or check form in a manner convenient to workers.  The company shall ensure that labour only on contracting arrangements and false apprenticeship schemes is not undertaken in an effort to avoid fulfilling its obligations to personnel under applicable laws pertaining to labour and social security legislation and regulations. [...] Checklist [...]  The payment of wages must be continued for certain non working periods, like national and religious holidays, during sickness, during maternity leave and parental leave, during the days of vacation stipulated by law or agreed for the company, during shorttime working (idle times) and in case of operational times off.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Compensation

        • Does the standard require wages being paid in a timely, regular and convenient manner understood by all employees?
          Answer: Basic: Yes, some measures are in place
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Yes, some measures are in place (1 point)
          • Advanced: Yes, all measures are in place (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Documentation System:  Setup of a payment system that is understandable to all employees regardless of their origin and level of education. This includes comprehensive pay-slips mentioning the breakdown of all elements of pay, overtime payments, other supplements and deduction from pay. The payment documentation shall also contain wage lists, showing for each employee the calculation of pay on the basis of working time and / or performance, the documentation of maternity leave and the documentation of payments to the social insurance funds. Compensation  The company shall ensure that deductions from wages are not made for disciplinary purposes and shall ensure that wage and benefits composition are detailed clearly and regularly for workers. The company shall ensure that wages and benefits are rendered either in cash or check form in a manner convenient to workers. Checklist [...]  Wages must be paid at least monthly within 7 days (companies with up to 1000 employees) or within 10 days after the regular calculation period.  Payment must be in monetary form, either in cash, by bank transfer or cheque. Payment in goods or finished products is not accepted.  Payment must be in a manner convenient to employees ensuring that they are not obliged to travel any significant distance or make an extra trip or incur any cost to collect their pay.

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          Management Systems Compensation

      • Working Hours
        1/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime?
          Answer: Basic: Requirement to include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime / voluntary extra work at least according to national law or industry specific minimum standards
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Requirement to include criteria on working hours, rest days or overtime / voluntary extra work at least according to national law or industry specific minimum standards (1 point)
          • Advanced: Standard requirements comply with ILO 1 requirements (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          National law and international regulations regulate working times with the purpose to protect the health of employees and to protect companies from economic damage. ISES 2020 has specific requirements to meet the minimum social standard in this respect:  The company shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours, in any event, on a regular basis, be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every seven day period.  The company shall ensure that overtime work (more than 48 hours per week) does not exceed 12 hours per employee per week, is not demanded other than in exceptional and short term business circumstances and is always remunerated at a premium rate. Checklist  Check daily, weekly and monthly working hours. Working times remain in the legal framework. Workweek does not exceed 48 hours

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          Working Hours

      • Scope of Labour Rights
        2/3
        • Do worker's rights and benefits set out by the standard apply to all forms of work?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Policy: 1.1 Top Management shall define the company‟s policy for social and environmental accountability as well as for labour conditions to ensure that it: [...] c) It is effectively documented, implemented , maintained , communicated and is accessible in a comprehensible form to all the personnel including directors, executives, management, supervisors and staff whether directly employed contracted pr otherwise representing the company.

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          Management Systems

        • Do the standard's rights and benefits for workers also apply to sub-contracted labour?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Compensation The Indian Law [...] 4. The Plantations Labour Act, 1951 was amended vide Plantations Labour (Amendment) Act, 2010. The amended Act inter alia provides for: a. The scope of definition of „worker‟ has been enlarged by enhancing wage ceiling from Rs.750/- to Rs.10,000/- per month. Contract workers who have worked more than 60 days in a year have also been included within the ambit of the Act. With this, such worker will also be able to avail the benefits as provided in the PLA, 1951. Management Systems Control of Suppliers 1.8 The company shall maintain reasonable evidence that the requirements of this standard are being met by suppliers and subcontractors Access for Verification 1.11 Where required by contact, the company shall provide reasonable information and access to interested parties seeking to verify conformance to the requirements of this standard. Where further required by contract, similar information and access shall also be afforded by the company‟s suppliers and subcontractors through the incorporation of such a requirement in the company‟s purchasing contracts. Upstream Suppliers / Sub-Suppliers Already the first requirement of the ISES 2020 treats the issues of suppliers and sub-suppliers. This specific requirement focuses once again on all companies that supply any services and goods for production with the aim of implementing the standard throughout all the production processes including the supplied goods and services by other companies and / or homeworkers.  The company has to ensure that the Code of Conduct is adhered to by the sub-suppliers and / or contractors / sub-contractors as well. Checklist Regarding Control of Suppliers: - The company selects subcontractors, suppliers and sub suppliers not only on the basis of price and quality, but also with a view to their potential for complying with the ISES 2020 standard facilities. This implies:  To inform the company about all relevant matters and measures taken on behalf of complying with the social requirements of ISES 2020.  To inform the company of all relevant business relations with their own subcontractors, suppliers and sub-suppliers.

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          Compensation Management Systems Upstream Suppliers / Sub-Suppliers

        • Does the standard include criteria on the establishment of labour contracts compliant with national legal requirements?
          Answer: Yes No
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Documentation System:  Setup of a personal data file for all employees, including: [...] o Copy of the employment contract including family name and first name of employee, date of birth, address, company name and address, beginning of employment (if applicable end of employment), clauses indicating period of notice for termination of employment, information of probation period, amount of gross pay plus bonuses and special gratification, working tasks and areas of employment, special agreements, date and signatures of employees and date and signature of employer.

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          Management Systems

      • Other Labour Rights
        2/2
        • Does the standard include requirements to inform workers about their labour rights?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Planning and Implementation: 1.5 The company shall ensure that the requirements of this standard are understood and implemented at all levels of the organization. Methods shall include, but are not limited to: [...] b. Training of new and / or temporary employees upon hiring c. Periodic training and awareness programs for existing employees Documentation System:  Documentation and recording of training and qualification including health and safety training, first aid training and maintenance of lifts and machinery. Forced Labour Components and Tools Regarding the Abolition of Forced Labour Measures to Ensure the Compliance with this Standard  Implementation of a transparent system for human resource management which allows access to work contracts of the employees, employee handbooks, job descriptions, training manuals and grievance procedures. Occupational Health and Safety  The company shall ensure that all personnel receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and that such training is repeated for new and reassigning personnel.

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          Management Systems Forced Labour Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard include requirements on setting up policies or procedures to manage basic labour rights in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Policy: 1.1 Top Management shall define the company‟s policy for social and environmental accountability as well as for labour conditions to ensure that it: a) includes a commitment to confirm to all requirements of this standard b) includes a commitment to continuous improvement. c) It is effectively documented, implemented , maintained , communicated and is accessible in a comprehensible form to all the personnel including directors, executives, management, supervisors and staff whether directly employed contracted pr otherwise representing the company. d) is publicly available for all involved parties

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          Management Systems

    • Health and Safety
      9/16
      • Occupational Health and Safety
        8/14
        • Does the standard prohibit harassment or abuse of workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The Indian Law Forced labour as defined by the ILO Convention is all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered him / her voluntarily. Force may be physical, mental or material. In India the aspects of forced labour are regulated in „The Bonded labour System (Abolition) Act‟ of 1976. The legal framework states: 1. The company shall neither engage in nor allow its contractors to engage in the use of forced labour. 2. No worker can be compelled to work against his will and must be allowed to leave the facility at the end of the shift. 3. Physical or disciplinary measures are not to be taken against any employee. 4. Original documents of the workers should not be kept after verification. Components and Tools Regarding the Abolition of Forced Labour [...]  The use of physical or mental compulsion for disciplining employees is prohibited under all circumstances. The same applies for the refusal of access to food, toilets and/or medical treatment.

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          Forced Labour

        • Does the standard require training of workers on health and safety issues?
          Answer: Advanced: Systematic
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: Systematic (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The issue of occupational health and safety treats all sorts of working conditions. This aspect comprises requirements for the safety of the production site and machines, the cleanliness, room temperature, ventilation, etc. Ergonomic factors are part of these aspects. Working conditions very much influence the activities and output of employees. Only appropriate working conditions, which ensure the health and safety of the workers and employees, enable a qualitative and cost-efficient product output. ISES 2020 has following requirements: [...]  The company shall ensure that all personnel receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and that such training is repeated for new and reassigning personnel.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard include requirements on workplace conditions?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Some requirements on proper workplace environment. (1 point)
          • Advanced: -

          Excerpt from standard:

          Components and Tools to Ensure a Safe and Healthy Workplace 1. General Working conditions: b. Lighting:  In every part of the factory where workers are working or passing there shall be provided and maintained sufficient and suitable lighting, natural or artificial, or both.  As a general rule, daylight should be preferred to artificial light.  Keep windows and skylight used for lighting clean.  Light sources must not dazzle.  The lighting equipment must be in proper conditions and regularly maintained. c. Ventilation and Temperature:  Effective and suitable provisions shall be made in every factory for securing and maintaining in every workroom adequate ventilation and temperature be the circulation of fresh air.  Where natural air circulation is used, the windows must be placed at reasonable height. If the air circulation is to provide cooling in summer, the windows must be placed low enough so that the flow of air also gets to the employees. But if natural air circulation is used for ventilation in winter, the windows must be placed high enough so that the employees are not exposed to the cold airflow.  Special air extraction and filter systems are to be provided for easily flammable particles. These are to be separated from the normal air extraction and filter systems.  If there is ventilation or air-conditioning system, the pipe must be made of fire-proof material. Insulation of the pipes is required if they may exceed a temperature of 80°C.  If moisture occurs at workplace or health hazardous chemical vapors such as solvents or smoke, these must be extracted. The extraction air must not get into any part of the building and must be extracted to the outside.  Where necessary, employees are to be provided with functioning respiratory protection equipment.  Cooling equipment is to be provided where the temperature at the workplace is too high for regional conditions.  Heating equipment is to be provided where the temperature at the workplace is too low for regional conditions.  Where necessary, employees are provided with efficient protective clothing against heat and cold. d. Noise:  Noise exposure should be avoided as far as possible. The general standard applicable is that conversations should be possible at normal volume.  If it is not possible to prevent noise sources, which are a risk to health, warning notices must be visibly placed calling on employees to use noise protection equipment.  Noise protection equipment for employees must function efficiently, must be available to them, and must be used.  A responsible person is to be appointed to check compliance with the noise protection measures. Checks are to be taken place regularly, and the results and any improvement requirements are to be recorded. Measures to Ensure the Compliance with this Standard Measures for Lighting:  Check conditions of lighting system.  Install appropriate lighting system with natural and artificial light.  Establish regular maintenance of lighting system. Measures for Ventilation and Temperature:  Check temperature and ventilation in factory and establish a regular check of temperature and ventilation and document the results and measures of improvement taken. Easiest way is to appoint responsible person for regular checks and documentation practice. To ensure comparable results of the regular checks (at least once per month) temperature should always be measured at the same place and under similar conditions (e.g. same time of the day).  Install ventilation or air conditioning systems (windows, electrical systems, etc.) where necessary.  Check needs of special air extraction and filter systems in case like easily flammable and/or toxic substances are used.  Provide appropriate protective clothing against heat or cold where necessary. Measures against Noise:  Establish regular noise checks.  Appoint responsible personnel to be accountable for check compliance with noise protection measures.  Establish documentation system for results and any improvement requirements.  Make possible alterations at machines or machinery to prevent noise sources.  Provide appropriate noise protection equipment where necessary and train personnel in the use of this equipment.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard require policies and procedures to manage health and safety in the workplace?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          The issue of occupational health and safety treats all sorts of working conditions. This aspect comprises requirements for the safety of the production site and machines, the cleanliness, room temperature, ventilation, etc. Ergonomic factors are part of these aspects. Working conditions very much influence the activities and output of employees. Only appropriate working conditions, which ensure the health and safety of the workers and employees, enable a qualitative and cost-efficient product output. ISES 2020 has following requirements:  The company, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazard, shall provide a safe and healthy working environment. It shall take adequate steps to prevent accidents and injury to health arising out of, associated with or occurring in the course of work, by minimizing, so far as is reasonably predictable, the causes of hazardous conditions in the working environment.  The company shall appoint a senior management representative responsible for the health and safety of all personnel, and accountable for the implementation of the health and safety elements of this standard. [...]  The company shall establish systems to detect or avoid or respond to potential threats to the health and safety of all personnel.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard include requirements on protective equipment for the employees?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

           There must be sufficient, functioning personal protection equipment provided by the company (e.g. safety glasses, safety gloves, protective clothing, ear plugs, etc). The protection equipment must be in good condition.  Employees are required to wear such protective equipment. Rise awareness through training sessions.

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          3. General safety conditions of working site/company building a. General Safety:

        • Does the standard include requirements on minimization of exposure to silica and other mineral dust?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          2. Health and Safety measures at the workplace b. Handling of chemicals  If exhaust gases, vapor or dust are released, there must be extracted to the open air.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard include requirements on averting of danger?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Management Systems Documentation System [...]  Documentation and definition of internal working rules must be applicable for all employees and equally the procedures of work are to be applied in the event of breach of duty by the employee. The working rule shall include standards and regulations for use of machinery, appropriate handling of hazardous chemicals and the adequate component in case of emergencies (fire, accidents). [...]  Documentation and recording of training and qualification including health and safety training, first aid training and maintenance of lifts and machinery. Occupational Health and Safety 2. Health and Safety measures at the workplace a. Safety of machines  The basic principle is that employees must be protected from injuries from machines. Protective devices to avoid injuries (finger guards, etc), drive belt safety cover, ventilator guards and other safety devices must be properly installed.  Access to rotating or oscillating machine parts within the reach of the employees must be blocked. Access to working zone of machines (e.g. cutting or punching zone) must also be blocked as far as possible.  Machines must in all cases be fitted with fully operational emergency cut-off switches.  Safety includes free access by employees at any time to the safety and operating instructions. These must describe safe use of the machine, and indicate its potential dangers.  Machine operators are to be given accident prevention training when they start work at a new workplace/new machine, and this is to be repeated at regular intervals (every 6 months).  Danger warning signs must be placed on dangerous machines indicating heat, high voltage, high pressure, etc.  Signs are also required where appropriate to instruct personnel to wear protective clothing.  Signs always have to be clearly understandable and must be mounted in such a way that they are easy to see.  A responsible employee is to be appointed to supervise compliance with the safety regulations.  There are special safety regulations for steam boilers: o Steam boilers operated with gas, oil, coal or other combustible material must not be installed close to dormitories, emergency exits, escape routes or staircases. o Stationary steam boilers must be installed in separate rooms or buildings. The corresponding rooms must be lockable. No unauthorized persons may have access to these rooms. o There must be safety rules and operating instructions for the steam boilers in written form and visibly positioned or available in the room where the steam boiler is located. o Employees who operate the steam boilers must be appropriately qualified to do so. They must have been informed of the specific dangers of steam boilers and must have completed safety training. o High-pressure safety relief valves must be installed in every steam boiler. These are to be tested for proper functioning and to be maintained. The high-pressure safety valves must not be located close to employees. o The high pressure steam generator must be in good condition. It must not give rise to dangers for employees. For example it is not permissible for it to have leaks or improved repairs. Improvised repairs mostly do not last long, and increase the risk of an accident. o The high pressure steam distribution network must likewise be kept in good condition. It must also be checked and maintained at regular intervals. Reports are to be prepared. o To avoid additional danger to employees, they must not work close to high-pressure safety valves, leaks, pipes that have been insulated on a makeshift basis. Or other possible sources of danger. o Employees who work on high pressure steam systems and machines must have the appropriate experts skills and knowledge.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Management Systems Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard include criteria on the access to basic medical services for workers?
          Answer: Basic: Only treatment of acute work-related accidents/ illness
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Only treatment of acute work-related accidents/ illness (1 point)
          • Advanced: Work-related accidents plus preventative care (2 points)

          Excerpt from standard:

          Occupational Health and Safety The Indian Law The national legal requirements for health and safety requirements are stipulated in „The Factories Act‟ of 1948, Chapter III, IV, V and VI. Some specifics might change from state to state and need to be looked up in the respective regional acts. The legal framework states: 8. Ambulance Room: in every factory employing 500 or more workers, an ambulance room and medical and nursing staff has to be provided. 4. Sanitary and Social facilities b. First-Aid Facilities:  In every factory wherein more than five hundred workers are ordinarily employed there shall be provided and maintained an ambulance room in the immediate vicinity of the factory/company and always be made readily available during the working hours of the factory.  The sick room must be regularly cleaned and appropriately equipped. As it makes part of the working area, all regulations with respect to the working conditions, health and safety, hygiene regulations are to be observed here.  There must be an appropriate number of people with first aid or medical training in every company. Employees at workplaces with high hazard potential must additionally have training in first aid.  If there is no company doctor employed in the company there has to be an agreement with a doctor or hospital nearby on the treatment of sick and injured persons. There must be provisions if necessary for transportation of injured or sick employees.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard require compensation payments/ covering of costs in case of work related accidents and injuries?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Does the standard require that workers have access to safe drinking water?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Drinking water is available (1 point)
          • Advanced: -

          Excerpt from standard:

          4. Sanitary and Social facilities c. Drinking water:  In every factory effective arrangements shall be made to provide and maintain suitable points conveniently situated for all workers employed therein a sufficient supply of wholesome drinking water.  The points where potable water can be taken are to be clearly marked in a language understood as such to be freely accessible.  The surrounding of the potable water points must be kept clean and must not be in the immediate vicinity of dangerous areas, water bins, toilets, washing facilities, workplaces, etc. No such points shall be situated within six meters of any washing place, urinals, latrine, spittoon, open drain carrying sludge or effluent or any other source of contamination.  In every factory wherein more than two hundred and fifty workers are ordinarily employed, provisions shall be made for cooling drinking water during hot weather by effective means and for distribution thereof.  There must be an appropriate number of glasses or drinking vessels available, unless the water is available in the form of water jet from which it is easy to drink.  In every plantation effective arrangements shall be made by the employer to provide and maintain at convenient places in the plantation a sufficient supply of wholesale drinking water for all workers (Plantations Labour Act 1951).

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          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard require safe and appropriate housing for workers?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          4. Sanitary and Social facilities e. Dormitories:  The same requirements respective to health and safety are to be met in dormitories provided to employees by the company as in the production site.  The building for the dormitories must be suitable for accommodation of people (separated from store rooms and production site) and be properly maintained (e.g. no broken windows, humid rooms, defective staircases, free from vermin, etc.).  Dormitories must be clean, safe and sufficiently well lit and ventilated.  The use of dormitories must be voluntary. Employees must be able to leave or enter the dormitories at any time; emergency exits must be capable of opening from the inside at any time.  There must be safety provisions against theft.  Each employee must have sufficient space available. Apart from a bed, there must also be a lockable cupboard or similar available for each and every employee for keeping personal belongings.  If there are families of single mothers with children living in the dormitories, they must be arranged in such a way as to meet the needs of the children.  Privacy of each occupant must be ensured as far as possible. Shower rooms, wash rooms, sanitary facilities and sleeping rooms must be separate for women and men. It must not be possible to see into them from the outside.  The hygienic conditions must not lead to health hazard for the employees.  Room temperature must be appropriate. The dormitories must be ventilated with fresh, uncontaminated air. Facilities for personal hygiene must be appropriately equipped (e.g. toilets, shower rooms and washrooms).  There must be a sufficient number of toilets available. Regular cleaning of the toilets must be ensured.  The occupants of the dormitories must have access to potable water.  Escape routes must be indicated with visible signs and never blocked.  There must be a sufficient number of emergency exits. The occupants must be able to leave the building in a rapid and orderly manner in an emergency. Emergency exits must be clearly and visibly marked; its doors must open outwards and must be capable of opening from the inside. The doors must not be blocked.  Fire extinguishers must be fully operational. There must be a sufficient number of them, appropriately distributed, marked and easy accessible.  Fire fighting and evacuation drills must be conducted by qualified personnel at least once per year, enabling occupants to learn among other things, how to leave the building in an orderly and rapid manner in an emergency.  All new occupants must be given relevant instruction and information about health and safety regulations in the dormitories.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard require access to clean and improved sanitation facilities?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: Sanitation facilities are available (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          4. Sanitary and Social facilities a. Toilets, Washrooms and other Sanitary facilities:  Sufficient toilets must be close to the workplace and must be provided with arrangements for protection against odors and insects.  Separate enclosed accommodation shall be provided for male and female workers.  Toilets are to be adequately ventilated, well lit, clean and tidy.  Toilets must be cleaned regularly. There must be a person or persons appointed with responsibility for monitoring this.  The necessary quantity of toilets is governed by the legal regulation of the states/provinces. But there should as minimum be enough toilets provided so that employees do not have to spend their breaks waiting to use the toilets.  Depending on the type of production and the legal regulation of the state adequate and suitable facilities for washing shall be provided and maintained for use of the workers.  Separate facilities shall be provided for the use of male and female workers.  They must be clean, adequately ventilated, well lit and tidy.  There must be soap or other body care products, towels and other means of drying provided in the shower rooms/washrooms.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

      • Building and Fire Safety
        1/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on building safety?
          Answer: Yes
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          2. Health and Safety measures at the workplace a. Safety of machines  The basic principle is that employees must be protected from injuries from machines. Protective devices to avoid injuries (finger guards, etc), drive belt safety cover, ventilator guards and other safety devices must be properly installed.  Access to rotating or oscillating machine parts within the reach of the employees must be blocked. Access to working zone of machines (e.g. cutting or punching zone) must also be blocked as far as possible.  Machines must in all cases be fitted with fully operational emergency cut-off switches.  Safety includes free access by employees at any time to the safety and operating instructions. These must describe safe use of the machine, and indicate its potential dangers.  Machine operators are to be given accident prevention training when they start work at a new workplace/new machine, and this is to be repeated at regular intervals (every 6 months).  Danger warning signs must be placed on dangerous machines indicating heat, high voltage, high pressure, etc.  Signs are also required where appropriate to instruct personnel to wear protective clothing.  Signs always have to be clearly understandable and must be mounted in such a way that they are easy to see.  A responsible employee is to be appointed to supervise compliance with the safety regulations.  There are special safety regulations for steam boilers: o Steam boilers operated with gas, oil, coal or other combustible material must not be installed close to dormitories, emergency exits, escape routes or staircases. o Stationary steam boilers must be installed in separate rooms or buildings. The corresponding rooms must be lockable. No unauthorized persons may have access to these rooms. o There must be safety rules and operating instructions for the steam boilers in written form and visibly positioned or available in the room where the steam boiler is located. o Employees who operate the steam boilers must be appropriately qualified to do so. They must have been informed of the specific dangers of steam boilers and must have completed safety training. o High-pressure safety relief valves must be installed in every steam boiler. These are to be tested for proper functioning and to be maintained. The high-pressure safety valves must not be located close to employees. o The high pressure steam generator must be in good condition. It must not give rise to dangers for employees. For example it is not permissible for it to have leaks or improved repairs. Improvised repairs mostly do not last long, and increase the risk of an accident. o The high pressure steam distribution network must likewise be kept in good condition. It must also be checked and maintained at regular intervals. Reports are to be prepared. o To avoid additional danger to employees, they must not work close to high-pressure safety valves, leaks, pipes that have been insulated on a makeshift basis. Or other possible sources of danger. o Employees who work on high pressure steam systems and machines must have the appropriate experts skills and knowledge. Measures for Safety of Machines:  Check safety of all machines and steam boilers.  Check appropriateness of danger warning signs.  Check free access to safety and operating instructions for machines.  Provide regular accident prevention training.  Appoint responsible employees to supervise compliance with safety regulations. Measures for General Safety of Working Site/Company Building:  Check the overall conditions of the company building (placement of warning signs, safety signs, building condition, etc.).  Provide health and safety training for all employees including safety techniques, wearing of personal protective equipment and general information on health and safety.  Establish documentation system including at minimum date of conduct, content, names of trainer and trainees of training conducted. 3. General safety conditions of working site/company building a. General Safety:  The factory building and machinery has to be in good and safe conditions.  The employees must be protected from falling from heights or from falling into dangerous substances. Strong guard rails or fences help here.  Employees must be protected from possible falling objects.  Paths and corridors must be safe and free.  Floors must not be traps for tripping over.  Employees must be protected from dangers that may come from parts or materials with very high or very low temperatures. This applies for example to heating systems, pipes and steam boilers. Appropriate marking and fitting with protective devices. d. Escape Routes and Emergency Exits:  Escape routes must be arranged in such a way that they can be used anytime and permit rapid escape.  They must not be blocked.  They must be identified with marking and also the escape direction must be marked.  The number of emergency exits must be sufficient to ensure safe evacuation of employees in an emergency. This depends on the number of people and the circumstances in the room. In a work hall there should be at least two emergency exits.  Emergency exits must be easy to access. There must be at least one escape route leading to an emergency exit.  Emergency exits must not be concealed (e.g. by walls standing outside) nor blocked (e.g. by storage of material) or locked.  Emergency exits must be easily recognizable and therefore sufficiently well marked.  In rooms where there are more than 10 employees working, emergency exits must be capable of opening to the outside.

          Referenzdokumente:

          Occupational Health and Safety

        • Does the standard include criteria on evacuation safety and emergency management plan?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: An emergency management plan exists (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          b. Handling of chemicals: [...]  Safety regulations and emergency plans must be exhibited openly and must be known to all employees. Employees must also be aware of the risks, which may result from handling the chemicals and must know in details what has to be done in the event of emergency c. Fire Protection:  Evacuation drills must be conducted with the whole workforce at regular intervals at least once per year (the number of intervals can vary as per the Indian state government norms i.e. once in 3 months or once in 6 months or once in a year).  New employees must be informed of the proper behavior in the event of emergencies Measures to Ensure the Compliance with this Standard General Measures:  Appoint senior management representative responsible for health and safety.  Regularly realization of health and safety training and awareness programmes during work hours.  Installation of a documentation and record system which contains cleaning regulations, register of responsible persons and trained personnel for first aid boxes, use of fire extinguisher etc., content of training and awareness programmes, reports about accidents/injuries and actions taken for improvement.

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          Occupational Health and Safety

  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    0/5
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      0/2
      • Legality
        0/2
        • Does the standard include criteria on business legality?
          Answer: -
          Degree of Obligation: Transition Period
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Basic: -
          • Advanced: The scheme assesses business legality for certificate holders, e.g. checking all permits that are required by law (national, regional, local) within a due diligence process. (1 point)

          Excerpt from standard:

          - Inspection of the documents: Numerous documents have to be examined and checked during the audit, in order to assess whether they comply with the requirements. The auditor has to be given full access to all personnel files, and book keeping documents, etc

          Referenzdokumente:

          Audit

        • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
          Answer: No
          Degree of Obligation: Not covered
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/3
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on conducting a due diligence assessment of business partners, including subsidiaries and contractors?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on training workers in positions of responsibility workers on issues of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Company Responsibility
    0/2
    • Impact Assessment
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the impacts of operations on human rights?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Extraction of natural stones in quarries

Manufacturing

Processing of natural stones (cutting, polishing and finishing) in manufacturing facilities

Transportation / distribution

Transport routes from one production stage to the next and to the end consumer

Products use and consumption

Usage of natural stones, e.g. as gravestones or paving stones

End-of-life

Professional disposal of natural stones or return to the cycle (recycling)