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Businesses are at the heart of society. For long-term success, a balance must be established between the business, the employees and their families, and the environment in which the business operates. The task of the entrepreneur is to ensure a secure supply of affordable raw materials and semi-finished products, to make sure that his employees are reliable and healthy, that he operates in an environment that is favourable towards him, that he can rely on his business relations and is ensured a solid client base. In other words: corporate social responsibility (CSR). PUM is on hand to help entrepreneurs improve their business. For that reason, CSR is essential to PUM.
PUM complies with international regulations in this area, in particular the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises. To put those guidelines into practice, ISO standard 26000 was developed. This standard lists seven themes that are monitored and applied by PUM, namely:
- Organisational governance (a precondition for good business practice)
- Human rights (working conditions, child labour, gender)
- Health and safety at work
- The environment and energy (focusing on prevention)
- Fair operating practices (e.g. anticorruption and tax ethics)
- Consumer issues (customer value and customer protection)
- Community involvement & development (the social environment)
CSR in practice
In practice, PUM experts above all come across issues relating to working conditions/health and safety, labour rights and environment/waste/energy and areas in which entrepreneurs wish to implement improvements. Both solicited and unsolicited, PUM experts offer advice on these issues. It is not unusual for our clients to wish to take measures in these areas, in order to qualify as suppliers to Western businesses. In this way, CSR can contribute to the value of the current and future business of our clients and of PUM.