Reference Table for United Nations Global Compact COP (Advanced Level August 2016 Version)

The Lion’s sustainability activities introduced in the Integrated Report 2021 and Websites are laid out in this Reference Table based on the GC Advanced COP Self-Assessment (Updated 19 August 2016).

Criteria for the GC Advanced Level (August 2016 Version) Website
General
Does your COP contain a statement by the CEO (or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing your company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles?
Does your COP contain a description of actions and policies related to the following issue areas?
Human Rights, Labour, Environment, Anti-Corruption
Does your COP include qualitative and/or quantitative measurement of outcomes illustrating the degree to which targets/performance indicators were met?/td>
How does your organization share its COP with stakeholders?
a) Through the UN Global Compact website only -
b) COP is easily accessible to all interested parties (e.g., via its website) Available on our website
c) COP is actively distributed to all key stakeholders (e.g., investors, employees, consumers, local community)
Both b) and c) -
How is the accuracy and completeness of information in your COP assessed by a credible third-party?
The COP describes any action(s) that the company plans to undertake to have the credibility of the information in its COP externally assessed, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff -
Information is reviewed by multiple stakeholders (e.g., representatives of groups prioritized in stakeholder analysis) -
Information is reviewed by a panel of peers (e.g., members of the same industry, competitors, benchmarked leaders, others organized via Global Compact Local Network) -
Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) using their own proprietary methodology -
Information is assured by independent assurors (e.g., accounting or consulting firm) against recognized assurance standard (e.g., ISAE3000, AA1000AS, other national or industry-specific standard) -
Other established or emerging best practices
The COP incorporates the following high standards of transparency and disclosure:
Applies the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
Is ‘in accordance - core’ with GRI G4 -
Is ‘in accordance - comprehensive’ with GRI G4 -
Applies elements of the International Integrated Reporting Framework -
Provides information on the company’s profile and context of operation
Which of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) do the activities described in your COP address?
SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere -
SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture -
SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable -
SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
With respect to your company’s actions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
the COP describes:
Opportunities and responsibilities that one or more SDGs represent to our business
Where the company’s priorities lie with respect to one or more SDGs
Goals and indicators set by our company with respect to one or more SDGs -
How one or more SDGs are integrated into the company’s business model
The (expected) outcomes and impact of your company’s activities related to the SDGs
If the companies’ activities related to the SDGs are undertaken in collaboration with other stakeholders
Other established or emerging best practices
Items Implementing the Ten Principles into Strategies & Operations
Criterion 1 The COP describes mainstreaming into corporate functions and business units
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Place responsibility for execution of sustainability strategy in relevant corporate functions (procurement, government affairs, human resources, legal, etc) ensuring no function conflicts with company’s sustainability commitments and objectives
Align strategies, goals and incentive structures of all business units and subsidiaries with corporate sustainability strategy
Assign responsibility for corporate sustainability implementation to an individual or group within each business unit and subsidiary
Design corporate sustainability strategy to leverage synergies between and among issue areas and to deal adequately with trade-offs
Ensure that different corporate functions coordinate closely to maximize performance and avoid unintended negative impacts
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 2 The COP describes value chain implementation
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Analyze each segment of the value chain carefully, both upstream and downstream, when mapping risks, opportunities and impacts
Communicate policies and expectations to suppliers and other relevant business partners
Implement monitoring and assurance mechanisms (e.g. audits/screenings) for compliance within the company’s sphere of influence
Undertake awareness-raising, training and other types of capacity building with suppliers and other business partners
Other established or emerging best practices -
Items Robust Human Rights Management Policies & Procedures
Criterion 3 The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of human rights
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Commitment to comply with all applicable laws and respect internationally recognized human rights, wherever the company operates (e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Guiding Principles on Human Rights)
Integrated or stand-alone statement of policy expressing commitment to respect and support human rights approved at the most senior level of the company
Statement of policy stipulating human rights expectations of personnel, business partners and other parties directly linked to operations, products or services
Statement of policy publicly available and communicated internally and externally to all personnel, business partners and other relevant parties
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 4 The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the human rights principles
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Process to ensure that internationally recognized human rights are respected
On-going due diligence process that includes an assessment of actual and potential human rights impacts
Internal awareness-raising and training on human rights for management and employees
Operational-level grievance mechanisms for those potentially impacted by the company’s activities
Allocation of responsibilities and accountability for addressing human rights impacts
Internal decision-making, budget and oversight for effective responses to human rights impacts
Processes to provide for or cooperate in the remediation of adverse human rights impacts that the company has caused or contributed to 
Process and programs in place to support human rights through: core business; strategic philanthropic/social investment; public policy engagement/advocacy; partnerships and/or other forms of collective action
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 5 The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of human rights integration
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
System to monitor the effectiveness of human rights policies and implementation with quantitative and qualitative metrics, including in the supply chain 
Monitoring drawn from internal and external feedback, including affected stakeholders
Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results
Process to deal with incidents the company has caused or contributed to for internal and external stakeholders
Grievance mechanisms that are legitimate, accessible, predictable, equitable, transparent, rights-compatible, a source of continuous learning, and based on engagement and dialogue
Outcomes of integration of the human rights principles
Other established or emerging best practices -
Items Robust Labour Management Policies & Procedures
Criterion 6 The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of labour
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Reference to principles of relevant international labour standards (ILO Conventions) and other normative international instruments in company policies
Reflection on the relevance of the labour principles for the company -
Written company policy to obey national labour law, respect principles of the relevant international labour standards in company operations worldwide , and engage in dialogue with representative organization of the workers (international, sectoral, national).
Inclusion of reference to the principles contained in the relevant international labour standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners -
Specific commitments and Human Resources policies, in line with national development priorities or decent work priorities in the country of operation
Participation and leadership in wider efforts by employers’ organizations (international and national levels) to jointly address challenges related to labour standards in the countries of operation, possibly in a tripartite approach (business – trade union – government). -
Structural engagement with a global union, possibly via a Global Framework Agreement -
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 7 The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the labour principles
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Risk and impact assessments in the area of labour
Dialogue mechanism with trade unions to regularly discuss and review company progress in addressing labour standards
Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organization -
Internal awareness-raising and training on the labour principles for management and employees
Active engagement with suppliers to address labour-related challenges
Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g., whistleblower mechanisms) available for workers to report concerns, make suggestions or seek advice, designed and operated in agreement with the representative organization of workers
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 8 The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms of labour principles integration
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff -
System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics
Dialogues with the representative organization of workers to regularly review progress made and jointly identify priorities for the future
Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the working conditions of companies in the supply chain, in line with principles of international labour standards -
Process to positively engage with the suppliers to address the challenges (i.e., partnership approach instead of corrective approach) through schemes to improve workplace practices -
Outcomes of integration of the Labour principles
Other established or emerging best practices -
Items Robust Environmental Management Policies & Procedures
Criterion 9 The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of environmental stewardship
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Reference to relevant international conventions and other international instruments (e.g. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development)
Reflection on the relevance of environmental stewardship for the company
Written company policy on environmental stewardship
Inclusion of minimum environmental standards in contracts with suppliers and other relevant business partners
Specific commitments and goals for specified years
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 10 The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the environmental principles
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Environmental risk and impact assessments
Assessments of lifecycle impact of products, ensuring environmentally sound management policies
Allocation of responsibilities and accountability within the organisation
Internal awareness-raising and training on environmental stewardship for management and employees
Grievance mechanisms, communication channels and other procedures (e.g. whistleblower mechanisms) for reporting concerns or seeking advice regarding environmental impacts
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 11 The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for environmental stewardship
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
System to track and measure performance based on standardized performance metrics
Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results
Process to deal with incidents
Audits or other steps to monitor and improve the environmental performance of companies in the supply chain
Outcomes of integration of the environmental principles
Other established or emerging best practices -
Items Robust Anti-Corruption Management Policies & Procedures
Criterion 12 The COP describes robust commitments, strategies or policies in the area of anti-corruption
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Publicly stated formal policy of zero-tolerance of corruption
Commitment to be in compliance with all relevant anti-corruption laws, including the implementation of procedures to know the law and monitor changes
Statement of support for international and regional legal frameworks, such as the UN Convention against Corruption 
Detailed policies for high-risk areas of corruption -
Policy on anti-corruption regarding business partners 
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 13 The COP describes effective management systems to integrate the anti-corruption principle
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff -
Support by the organization’s leadership for anti-corruption 
Carrying out risk assessment of potential areas of corruption 
Human Resources procedures supporting the anti-corruption commitment or policy, including communication to and training for all employees 
Internal checks and balances to ensure consistency with the anti-corruption commitment 
Actions taken to encourage business partners to implement anti-corruption commitments 
Management responsibility and accountability for implementation of the anti-corruption commitment or policy
Communications (whistleblowing) channels and follow-up mechanisms for reporting concerns or seeking advice
Internal accounting and auditing procedures related to anticorruption 
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 14 The COP describes effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the integration of anti-corruption
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff -
Leadership review of monitoring and improvement results 
Process to deal with incidents 
Public legal cases regarding corruption  -
Use of independent external assurance of anti-corruption programmes  -
Outcomes of assessments of potential corruption and mechanisms for seeking advice /reporting procedures supporting anti-corruption policy. -
Other established or emerging best practices -
Items Taking Action in Support of Broader UN Goals and Issues
Criterion 15 The COP describes core business contributions to UN goals and issues
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Align core business strategy with one or more relevant UN goals/issues
Develop relevant products and services or design business models that contribute to UN goals/issues -
Adopt and modify operating procedures to maximize contribution to UN goals/issues -
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 16 The COP describes strategic social investments and philanthropy
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Pursue social investments and philanthropic contributions that tie in with the core competencies or operating context of the company as an integrated part of its sustainability strategy
Coordinate efforts with other organizations and initiatives to amplify—and not negate or unnecessarily duplicate—the efforts of other contributors
Take responsibility for the intentional and unintentional effects of funding and have due regard for local customs, traditions, religions, and priorities of pertinent individuals and groups
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 17 The COP describes advocacy and public policy engagement
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Publicly advocate the importance of action in relation to one or more UN goals/issues
Commit company leaders to participate in key summits, conferences, and other important public policy interactions in relation to one or more UN goals/issues
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 18 The COP describes partnerships and collective action
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Develop and implement partnership projects with public or private organizations (UN entities, government, NGOs, or other groups) on core business, social investments and/or advocacy
Join industry peers, UN entities and/or other stakeholders in initiatives contributing to solving common challenges and dilemmas at the global and/or local levels with an emphasis on initiatives extending the company’s positive impact on its value chain
Other established or emerging best practices -
Items Corporate Sustainability Governance and Leadership
Criterion 19 The COP describes CEO commitment and leadership
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
CEO publicly delivers explicit statements and demonstrates personal leadership on sustainability and commitment to the UN Global Compact
CEO promotes initiatives to enhance sustainability of the company’s sector and leads development of industry standards
CEO leads executive management team in development of corporate sustainability strategy, defining goals and overseeing implementation
Make sustainability criteria and UN Global Compact principles part of goals and incentive schemes for CEO and executive management team -
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 20 The COP describes Board adoption and oversight
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff -
Board of Directors (or equivalent) assumes responsibility and oversight for long-term corporate sustainability strategy and performance
Board establishes, where permissible, a committee or assigns an individual board member with responsibility for corporate sustainability.
Board (or committee), where permissible, approves formal reporting on corporate sustainability (Communication on Progress)
Other established or emerging best practices -
Criterion 21 The COP describes stakeholder engagement
Any relevant policies, procedures, and activities that the company plans to undertake to fulfill this criterion, including goals, timelines, metrics, and responsible staff
Publicly recognize responsibility for the company’s impacts on internal and external stakeholders
Define sustainability strategies, goals and policies in consultation with key stakeholders
Consult stakeholders in dealing with implementation dilemmas and challenges and invite them to take active part in reviewing performance
Establish channels to engage with employees and other stakeholders to hear their ideas and address their concerns, and protect ‘whistle-blowers’
Other established or emerging best practices -

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