Scope

The GIF (Get It Fair) Framework assists organizations in contributing to sustainable development.

It’s important to realize that the GIF Framework is:

  1. a common platform and language for social responsibility and ESG risks
  2. a guideline to establish, implement and improve a risk-oriented SR management system
  3. a self-assessment model supporting 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 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

In general, the GIF Framework is applicable to all types of organization in the private, public and non-profit sectors regardless of size, industry and activity.

In no case it provides a basis for legal actions, complaints, defences or other claims in any international, domestic or other proceeding.

The GIF Framework allows the integration with other existing management systems, methods and tools based on specific needs and functions of the organization.

The GIF Framework Structure

In essence, the Get It Fair Framework consists of the following integrated components:

  • Seven fundamental principles
  • 5 (Five) GIF Criteria
  • GIF Metric

Seven principles

The OECD Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and ISO 26000 are the foundation of the GIF Framework.

Both documents refer to the internationally recognized documents such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and ILO recommendations.

The OECD Due Diligence Guidances provide voluntary principles consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognized standards.

Instead, ISO 26000 establishes seven principles for social responsibility, which every organization should respect and apply.

When applying the seven principles organizations should take into account social, environmental, legal, cultural, political and organizational diversity. In additions they should consider the differences in economic conditions, while being consistent with international norms of behaviour.

GIF Criteria

The Get It Fair Framework consists of five criteria:

  • 1 criterion covers the Governance and Management System for social responsibility
  • 4 criteria cover the specific risks of adverse impacts related to each aspect of the social responsibility.

A definition for each Criterion clarifies the intent and address the metric.

Every Criterion is organized in Topics which better focus the group of risks to be evaluated (for example the Criterion “Social” is organized in two Topics: “Human Rights” and “Labour Practices”).

Every Topic includes several Areas: at this level the score is assigned.

Each area consists of a homogenous set of non-mandatory and exhaustive list of Assessment points to support the risk evaluation.

OECD

There are two types of Areas:

  • Core” : evaluation elements aligned with the OECD Guidance for Due Diligence
  • Non Core“: evaluation elements addressed by ISO 26000 but non specifically addressed by OECD Guidance.

While the “core” areas (based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct) are relevant to every organization, not all parts of the GIF Framework are equally applicable to all types of organizations.

For this purpose, the “Materiality Assessment” allows organization to identify the relevant ESG risks in a given context.

GIF Metric

The GIF Metric basically reflects the management system implementation and the ESG risks exposure level in a quantitative manner (Score)

Hence, the overall score reflects and combines the following aspects:

  1. How an effective Governance and Management System has been established and implemented to prevent the ESG risks.
  2. What is the exposure level to risks that may result into adverse impacts in the Organization’s operations and its supply chain.

The minimum score to pass the Due Diligence reflects at least the alignment of the organization with the OECD Guidance.