Corporate Social Responsibility means that companies voluntarily work in their day-to-day business activities to take account of social and environmental needs.

Responsible business is responsible for:

  • environment, employees and societies,
  • competition,
  • intellectual property.

The big challenge for today’s economy is the integration of an “environmentally sustainable policy” into the economy. Ensuring prosperity and economic growth while at the same time ensuring the environment and preventing its degradation is the challenge that we are facing today.

The state encourages companies to behave responsibly towards the environment, as well as to lead a fair employment policy and respect human rights.

To this end, a legislative framework has been set up at the country and EU level. There is also a national authority that notifies the standards, that is Slovenski institut za standardizacijo (SIST). SIST is in charge of the field of preparation, acceptance, issuance and maintenance of non-mandatory standards and standardization documents and performs administrative tasks related to the notification of standards, technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures.

Responsibility to the environment, company, employees

  • SIST ISO 26000 Guidelines for Social Responsibility

The area of ​​corporate social responsibility is governed by the SIST ISO 26000 Guideline on Social Responsibility, which provides globally regulated guidance for all types of organizations, regardless of whether they work in the private or public domain, in developed countries or in developing countries.

  • SIST ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

SIST ISO 14001 is an international standard for environmental management systems that covers the management of environmental aspects of production or service activities.

The ISO 14001 standard is one of the most important tools used by organizations around the world to respond to the challenges posed by their activities to the environment.

The ISO 14001 standard is one of the most important tools used by organizations around the world to respond to the challenges posed by their activities to the environment.

This international standard sets out requirements for an environmental management system that enables the organization to develop and implement policies and targets that comply with legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization has agreed, as well as information on important environmental aspects. It refers to those recognized environmental aspects that the organization can control and which it can influence.

In itself, this standard does not set criteria for the effect of environmental management. The ISO 14001 standard can be used by any organization that wants:

  • to establish, implement, maintain and improve the environmental management system,
  • to prove to himself that he fulfills the environmental policy for which he has defined,
  • demonstrate the fulfillment of the requirements of this international standard, so that
    • it shall take its own decision and issue its own statement,
    • obtains confirmation from clients involved with the organization (client),
    • obtain confirmation of the fulfillment of his own statement with the external party,
    • obtains a certificate / registration from an external party for its environmental management system.

All requirements of this international standard can be integrated into any environmental management system.

  • ECOLABEL – European Eco-label
  • ECOLABEL – The European eco-label is a voluntary system established in 1992 and is aimed at promoting environmentally-friendly products and services.
    Its trademark is a flower (the sign is also known as Ecolabel flower or environmental nymph). Through this flower, consumers can recognize a product that meets the highest environmental standards.
    The EU Ecolabel covers a wide range of products, which are divided into the following groups:
    • cleaners,
    • appliances,
    • paper products, textiles,
    • home and garden products,
    • lubricants and
    • services (tourism).

    The environmental criteria that products must meet are extremely high, so only those products that meet the strictest criteria can receive the mark.
    For each product group, additional criteria are developed, prepared by experts from across the EU. The criteria are determined on the basis of extensive research and studies that cover the whole life cycle of the product.
    In Slovenia, the awarding of the EU Ecolabel is indebted Agencija RS za okolje.
  • Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS)
  • EMAS is a voluntary management system for companies and organizations that want to build their operations on environmentally friendly foundations.
    The system was first targeted at companies and the industrial sector, and since 2001 it has been open to all sectors, including the public and private sectors.
    Since January 2010, the new EMAS III Regulation on the voluntary operation of an organization in the Community Environmental Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) has been in force.
    Today, thousands of organizations are involved in EMAS, within the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. According to data from the end of June 2010, 103 organizations were included in the EMAS III system.
    In Slovenia, the EMAS sign is in charge Agencija RS za okolje.
  • Sustainable Material Handling – Sustainable Material Management

SMM is a relatively new approach, which represents a shift in thinking from waste management to material management in terms of supporting sustainable development.
Increasing the sustainable use of materials contributes to reducing the negative impact on the environment by taking into account economic efficiency and social considerations. By definition, the OECD is a SMM approach that encourages sustainable use of resources that integrates / interconnects different measures aimed at reducing negative environmental impacts and protecting natural resources through the life cycle of the material, taking into account economic efficiency and social justice.
SMM is based on the principle of life cycle, but contains the following principles: sustainable exploitation, eco-design, eco-efficient production, sustainable consumption and sustainable waste management. SMM is closely linked to the EU 2020 strategy, in particular in the effective use of natural resources.
In practice SMM can be introduced in different areas, and measures can be classified into 12 sets:
• with separate waste collection and recycling;
• reuse and repair of products;
• the collection and reuse / recycling / processing of industrial residues;
• closing material flows in industrial processes;
• with eco-design;
• introducing a product-service system;
• implementing the principles of the concept from the cradle to the cradle;
• changing the dominant choice of consumers;
• imitation of natural materials and ecosystems;
• encouraging local action by creating transformed cities and eco-places (“transition towns”);
• establishing a “transition management” network of knowledge;
• using information technology for SMM.

  • Green public procurement
  • Green public procurement has been defined by the European Commission as “public procurement for a better environment as a process in which public authorities will seek to procure such goods and services that have the least impact on the environment throughout the life cycle”.
    Green public procurement is a voluntary instrument, and individual Member States decide themselves to what extent and in what way they will implement them. Green public procurement is enforced with implementation Uredbe o zelenem javnem naročanju.

    Through green procurement, public administrations can influence the market in such a way as to promote green technologies, green products and environmentally friendly development in the economy. In some areas, the public sector accounts for a large part of the market (public transport, schools, health), so decisions taken by the public sector can have a major impact.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • It is a form of entrepreneurship that, in a socially responsible way, in accordance with the principles of social entrepreneurship, contributes to economic growth or raising GDP.
    The basic characteristic of social entrepreneurship is that it does not have the sole purpose of gaining profit and sharing it among the owners, but in particular seeking innovative solutions to reduce social, economic, environmental and other problems. The particular purpose of social entrepreneurship is also the creation of jobs for people from vulnerable groups in the labor market. The field of social entrepreneurship is regulated Zakon o socialnem podjetništvu (ZSocP).
    In addition to the above-mentioned basic purposes of establishing and operating social enterprises, the EU has begun to support the development of this area more fully due to the large-scale social enterprises to shake economic crises and maintain and even open new jobs in the crisis period. VEČ o socialnem podjetništvu+

2. Responsibility to competition
Competition encourages companies to continually improve.

In cases where there are practices of companies that restrict competition, an intervention by state authorities is necessary in order to prevent or eliminate such practices that would negatively affect the variety of choice and prices of products on the market.
To ensure effective competition, care is taken Javna Agencija Republike Slovenije za varstvo konkurence.

3. Responsibility to Intellectual Property
Intellectual property refers to the type of property that originates from the human intellect or the human intellect. reason.

By definition Konvencije o ustanovitvi Svetovne organizacije za intelektualno lastnino it covers the intellectual property of three categories of rights:

industrial property,

copyright and related rights,

other rights.

Copyright protection is regulated Zakon o avtorskih in sorodnih pravicah (ZASP), the basic characteristics and principles of industrial property rights are regulated byZakonom o industrijski lastnini (ZIL-1).

It takes care of the protection of intellectual property Urad za zaščito intelektualne lastnine.