There is a new association in the sustainability space. It is called the Stewardship Action Council (SAC). It is competing with the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association (CROA) and the GreenBiz Executive Network. SAC has an interesting mix of companies, state organizations, non-governmental organizations and universities. Participating members must set improvement goals and report progress against the goals. This looks similar to the now defunct Performance Track Program (US Environmental Protection Agency).
It is interesting to note that Level 3 members must have an environmental management system in place and it must be verified by a third party. These members must have independent audits conducted every three years and self assessments in interim years. These companies must also have no criminal violations in the past three years and no more than three notices of violation in any three-year period.
SAC has a “concept paper” that outlines the following goals:
• Create a sustainability standard that lays out the elements of and a path for achieving sustainable business practices
• Provide a mechanism to share company efforts to improve performance
• Create opportunity for collaborative efforts to address social and environmental issues that an organization cannot adequately address alone
• Provide a forum where different stakeholders can work together to accomplish common goals
There seems to be a decided focus on the environmental responsibility that is one of three responsibilities in a sustainability program. We’ll have to wait to see a glimpse of the sustainability standard that the members of this fledgling group are working on. With the recent release of ISO 26000 social responsibility standard, and the final voting on the ULE 880 (Sustainable Manufacturing Standard), we can look for some more choices in this very active area.
Stewardship Action Council:
Corporate Responsibility Officers Association:
GreenBiz Executive Network: http://www.greenbiz.com/intelligence/
ExecutiveNetwork ISO 26000: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/management_standards/social_responsibility.htm