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

A definition is given for each aspect which clarifies the meaning of that criterion. Every aspect is organized in areas specifying what an organization is supposed to do for being considered socially responsible. Each area 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 aspects

The GIF Framework covers the following five aspects.

Management system

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

  • Context and Stakeholders engagement
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Support
  • Implementation and operation
  • Performance evaluation
  • Improvement
  • Extra financial information disclosure

Social

Responsible organizations minimize the exposure to risk related to human rights and labour practices that can result into adverse impacts to their employees and workers, including suppliers, subcontractors and business partners.

Human rights:

  • Avoidance of complicity
  • Child labour [Core]
  • Discrimination, vulnerable groups and equal opportunities [Core]
  • Forced labour [Core]
  • Civil and political rights

Labour practices

  • Employment relationships
  • Working time [Core]
  • Remuneration and wages [Core]
  • Social dialogue [Core]

Health & safety

Responsible organizations minimize the exposure to risks related to health and safety issues that can result into adverse impact on their personnel, subcontractors and other stakeholders

Safety

  • Violence by animal or persons
  • Transportation incidents
  • Fire & Explosion [Core]
  • Falls, slips and trips
  • Exposure to harmful environment
  • Exposure to harmfoul substances [Core]
  • Exposure to electricity [Core]
  • Contact with objects or equipment
  • Struck, caught or crushing in collapsing structure [Core]
  • Overexerction & bodily reactions
  • Work conditions
  • Welfare

Environment

Responsible organizations minimize the exposure to risks of adverse impacts due to environmental issues that can affect local communities and other stakeholders

  • Pollution and emissions [Core]
  • Sustainable resources
  • Climate change [Core]
  • Protection of the environment

Business ethics

Responsible organizations minimize the exposure to risks related to business practices that can result into adverse impacts on their partners and customers:

Fair operating practices

  • Anti-corruption [Core]
  • Fair competition
  • Promoting social responsibility in the sphere of influence
  • Respect of property rights

Consumer issues

  • Fair marketing, information and contractual practices [Core]
  • Protecting consumers’ health and safety [Core]
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Customer service, complaint and dispute resolution
  • Customer data protection and privacy
  • Consumers’ education and awareness