The ISES 2020 is the revised and advanced former ISES 2000, which was developed in 1995 / 96. The ISES 2020 comprises ten years of work and audit experience with the ISES 2000 with various companies of different sectors. The adapted standard furthermore deeper integrates environmental aspects than before. Further amendments in the field are tested at present and will be included after careful evaluation.
The ISES 2020 relies on the responsibility of the companies complying with the national regulations under labour, social and environmental law in India and relevant international conventions and declarations as mentioned below.
The ISES 2020 covers eleven areas of requirements:
For companies and suppliers, the benefits of adopting ISES 2020 are significant. The widespread integrated management system of ISES 2020 based on the philosophy of a total quality management covers the fields of social accountability, health and safety as well as environment. It has a direct effect on the product, work and production quality of a company. It not only addresses relevant aspects to the employer but also treats issues important for the employees of a company, customers and or other stakeholders. The improvement of working conditions and reduction of pollution has a direct effect on ameliorating production efficiency, leading to positive impacts on the competitiveness of the company.
A commitment in improving working conditions and environmental aspects can lead to various benefits for a company, for example enhancing the reputation of the company, improving of the employee recruitment as well as gains in quality, productivity and profitability. An increased organizational efficiency as well as the compliance with national and international laws and regulations are further advantages employers can gain by adopting the ISES 2020.
Benefits for employees and workers are generally better working conditions including the guarantee of minimum living wages, guaranteed times off for recreation, a more secure work environment, fewer accidents and an increased awareness of labor rights.
For other stakeholders the benefits of companies adopting ISES 2020 lie in the improvement of environmental conditions as well as in a clearer more credible and transparent information system about the social and environmental responsibility. An identification of companies making progress towards humane working and living conditions becomes possible. Also customers and investors can on this basis take ethical purchasing and investment decisions. A specific characteristic of the ISES 2020 and its auditing process is the combination of assessment and assistance. Certainly a central aspect of the audit is the assessment and evaluation of the compliance with the requirements of the standard. But the ISES 2020 approach goes beyond and gives assistance and consultancy services to the companies who are adopting the standard. Non compliance with aspects of the requirements does not lead to exclusion of certification. IGEP has chosen an approach of cooperation with the companies. In case of non compliance the auditors and IGEP will together with the company develop a corrective action plan (CAP). The CAP contains measures that have to be implemented to meet the minimum social and environmental standards and be accredited. This form, of consultancy promotes the companies in improving organizational and productive efficiency and hence national and international market competitiveness. Only in cases of total unwillingness and disinterest in setting socially and environmentally compliant, companies will be excluded from the certification process.
A further particularity of the ISES 2020 is the holistic approach. This covers on one side all production steps and production groups, integrating the supply chain with regard to social and environmental issues. On the other side the ISES 2020 approach includes a total quality management focusing not only on aspects of production, but as well on a personal management system, aspects of accounting and of continuous improvement.
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