The Get It Fair Framework

The GIF (Get It Fair) Framework is a non-prescriptive set of criteria based on the sever principles of social responsibility aiming to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development. It encourages an organization to undertake activities that go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with law is a fundamental duty of any organization and an essential part of its social responsibility.

The GIF Framework is applicable to all types of organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors regardless of size, sector, activity or maturity.

The GIF Framework covers all the social responsibility aspects:

  • 1 criterion covers the Social Responsibility Management System referring to ISO 26000 guidance
  • 4 criteria covers the risks of adverse impacts related to each aspect of social responsibility.

A definition is given for each criterion which clarify the meaning of that criterion. Every criterion is organized in sub-criteria specifying what an organization is supposed to do for being considered socially responsible. Each sub-criterion considers a homogenous set of non mandatory and exhaustive list of elements to provide the reader with examples and to support the evaluation.

While not all parts of the GIF Framework is of equal use to all types of organizations, all core elements are relevant to every organization. It is an individual organization’s responsibility to identify what is relevant and significant for the organization to address, through its own considerations and through dialogue with Stakeholders.

How to use the GIF Framework

The GIF Framework provides organizations with:

  1. a common platform and language for social responsibility;
  2. a guideline to establish, implement and improve a risk oriented SR management system;
  3. a self-assessment model to help the identification of strengths points and improvement areas;
  4. an assessment tool for evaluating the risk of adverse impacts caused by suppliers;
  5. a reference document supporting  third party assessments and recognitions;
  6. a tool enabling the preparation of extra financial information according to international rules & guidelines
  7. a pattern to bring different initiatives together into a single overall framework
  8. a system to encourage the sharing of internal and external good practice

The GIF Framework is not intended to provide a basis for legal actions, complaints, defences or other claims in any international, domestic or other proceeding and can be integrated with other existing management systems, methods and tools based on the needs and functions of the organization.

The five criteria

The GIF Framework covers the following five criteria.

Management system

Responsible organizations establish, implement, review and improve decision making processes and structures to prevent risks affecting people, safety, environment and trades.

For example Responsible organizations prevent risk by establishing, implementing and improve approaches to:

  • Analyse the context and understand the needs and expectations for each stakeholder
  • Create and nurture an environment in which the principles of social responsibility are practised
  • Establish an integrated policy addressing all the aspects of social responsibility
  • Define and balance the level of authority, responsibility and capacity of decisions’ makers
  • Engage Stakeholders potentially affected by the impacts caused by decisions and activities
  • Identify, register and periodically update real and potential social-responsibility related risks 
  • Ensure compliance with rules, standards and other relevant requirements
  • Establish SR objectives able to balance their needs and its stakeholders
  • Ensure the availability of resources to support the operations
  • Determine the criteria needed to ensure that both the operation and control of social responsibility requirements is effective
  • Periodically review and evaluate the processes and the social responsibility performances
  • Disclose extra financial information related to social responsibility approaches and results

Social

Responsible organizations value their people and create a culture that allows the mutually beneficial achievement of organisational and personal goals. They minimize the risks of adverse impacts related to human rights and labour practices that can affect their significant Stakeholders in its sphere of influence, including all tier one and two suppliers and/or subcontractors, along with external businesses and partners.

For example, Responsible organizations minimize the following risks:

Human rights:

  • actual or potential human rights abuses and impacts resulting from their activities
  • breach of international norms/standards for law enforcement
  • discrimination of vulnerable groups
  • breach of the individual civil and political rights
  • child labour
  • forced labour
  • discrimination and unequal opportunities

Labour practices

  • social protection right violations
  • non compliance with applicable rules
  • missing respect of working hours
  • non compliance with rules on remuneration and wages or unfair pays
  • missing social dialogue

Safety

Responsible organizations promote and maintain the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers and prevention of harm to health caused by working conditions. They protect workers from risks to health and the adaptation of the occupational environment to the physiological and psychological needs. Minimize health and safety risks caused by dangerous facilities, equipment, processes, practices and substances (chemical, physical and biological).

For example, Responsible organizations minimize the following safety risks and consequences of adverse impacts:

Safety

  • Fire & Explosion
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Exposure to harmfoul substances (chemical, electrical, etc.)
  • Contact with objects or equipment (including collapse of structures)
  • Overexerction & bodily reactions

Health and welfare

  • Facilities

Environment

Responsible organization respect and promoted the following environmental principles: environmental responsibility, precautionary approach, environmental risk management, polluter pays. The establish and implement, as appropriate, the following strategies: life cycle thinking, environmental impact assessment, cleaner production and eco-efficiency, product/service system approach, use of environmentally sound technologies and practices and sustainable procurement (by preferring products with third party verification of the environmental claim or EPD)

For example, Responsible organizations minimize the following environmental risks and consequences of adverse impacts affecting:

  • Pollution, waste, emissions, etc.
  • Unsustainable resources
  • Climate change
  • natural environment and its protection
  • Product Life Cycle

Fair Business

Responsible organizations establish and maintain fair relationships with other organizations (Public bodies, partners, suppliers, contractors, competitors and the associations of which they are members) and use their relationships to promote positive outcomes. Responsible organizations have responsibilities to consumers and customers. They establish, deploy, review and improve approaches to fairly manage the relationships with their customers.

For example, Responsible organizations minimize the following risks and consequences of adverse impacts on their partners and customers:

Fair operating practices

  • corruption, bribery and extortion
  • breach of Code of Conducts
  • breach the rule of law
  • unfair competition
  • breach of property rights

Consumer issues

  • Unfair marketing, information and contractual practices
  • Harms to consumers’ health and safety
  • Unsustainable consumption
  • Unfair customer service and dispute resolution
  • Breach of customer data protection and privacy