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Have you browsed the ISO catalog lately? Here are just some of the standards that will help your organization’s ethics and compliance program:

ISO 19600 – Compliance Management System – Guidelines
ISO 19600:2014 provides guidance for establishing, developing, implementing, evaluating, maintaining and improving an effective and responsive compliance management system within an organization.
ISO 19600:2014 is based on the principles of good governance, proportionality, transparency and sustainability.

ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery Management System – Requirements with Guidance for Use
ISO 37001:2016 specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can be stand-alone or can be integrated into an overall management system.
ISO 37001:2016 addresses the following in relation to the organization’s activities: bribery in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors; bribery by the organization; bribery by the organization’s personnel acting on the organization’s behalf or for its benefit; bribery by the organization’s business associates acting on the organization’s behalf or for its benefit; bribery of the organization; bribery of the organization’s personnel in relation to the organization’s activities; bribery of the organization’s business associates in relation to the organization’s activities; and direct and indirect bribery (e.g. a bribe offered or accepted through or by a third party).
ISO 37001:2016 is applicable only to bribery. It sets out requirements and provides guidance for a management system designed to help an organization to prevent, detect and respond to bribery and comply with anti-bribery laws and voluntary commitments applicable to its activities.
ISO 37001:2016 does not specifically address fraud, cartels and other anti-trust/competition offences, money-laundering or other activities related to corrupt practices, although an organization can choose to extend the scope of the management system to include such activities.

ISO 31000 – Risk management
ISO 31000:2018 provides principles, framework and a process for managing risk. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size, activity or sector.
ISO 31000:2018 can help organizations increase the likelihood of achieving objectives, improve the identification of opportunities and threats and effectively allocate and use resources for risk treatment.

ISO 26000 – Guidance on Social Responsibility
ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance to all types of organizations, regardless of their size or location, on: concepts, terms and definitions related to social responsibility; the background, trends and characteristics of social responsibility; principles and practices relating to social responsibility; the core subjects and issues of social responsibility; integrating, implementing and promoting socially responsible behavior throughout the organization and, through its policies and practices, within its sphere of influence; identifying and engaging with stakeholders; and communicating commitments, performance and other information related to social responsibility.
ISO 26000:2010 is intended to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development. It is intended to encourage them to go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with law is a fundamental duty of any organization and an essential part of their social responsibility. It is intended to promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility, and to complement other instruments and initiatives for social responsibility, not to replace them.

ISO 30408 – Human Resource Management – Guidance on Human Governance
ISO 30408:2016 provides guidelines on tools, processes and practices to be put in place in order to establish, maintain and continually improve effective human governance within organizations.
ISO 30408:2016 does not address relations with trade unions or other representative bodies.

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  • Volunteer at a school, food kitchen, hospital, or anywhere you can be useful
  • Walk instead of driving
  • Shop local, eat local
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Donate to causes important to you
  • Plant a tree or a garden
  • Rescue an animal
  • Join a bone marrow registry
  • Commit random acts of kindness
  • Teach a child how to help make the world a better place

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The 2013 World Happiness Report can be found here: http://unsdsn.org/happiness.

In chapter 5 (Restoring Virtue Ethics in the Quest for Happiness) Jeffrey Sachs discusses four basic values within the overarching ethical framework of “the principle of humanity:”
(1) Non-violence and respect for life, including respect for human life and respect for the natural environment;
(2) Justice and solidarity, including rule of law, fair competition, distributive justice, and solidarity;
(3) Honesty and tolerance, including truthfulness, honesty, reliability, toleration of diversity, and rejection of discrimination because of sex, race, nationality, or beliefs;
(4) Mutual esteem and partnership, including fairness and sincerity vis-à-vis stakeholders and the rights to pursue personal and group interests through collective action.

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In Sex and Social Justice (1999), Martha Nussbaum addresses the Aristotelian question, “What activities characteristically performed by human beings are so central that they seem definitive of a life that is truly human?”

1. Life. Being able to live to the end of a human life of normal length…; not dying prematurely

2. Bodily health. Being able to have good health, including reproductive health; being adequately nourished…; being able to have adequate shelter

3. Bodily integrity. Being able to move freely from place to place; being able to be secure against violent assault, including sexual assault…; having opportunities for sexual satisfaction and for choice in matters of reproduction

4. Senses, imagination, thought. Being able to use the senses; being able to imagine, to think, and to reason – and to do these things in…a way informed and cultivated by an adequate education…; being able to use one’s mind in ways protected by guarantees of freedom of expression with respect to both political and artistic speech and freedom of religious exercise; being able to have pleasurable experiences and to avoid non-beneficial pain

5. Emotions. Being able to have attachments to things and persons outside ourselves; being able to love those who love and care for us; being able to grieve at their absence, to experience longing, gratitude, and justified anger; not having one’s emotional developing blighted by fear or anxiety

6. Practical reason. Being able to form a conception of the good and to engage in critical reflection about the planning of one’s own life

7. Affiliation. Being able to live for and in relation to others, to recognize and show concern for other human beings, to engage in various forms of social interaction; being able to imagine the situation of another and to have compassion for that situation; having the capability for both justice and friendship…Being able to be treated as a dignified being whose worth is equal to that of others

8. Other species. Being able to live with concern for and in relation to animals, plants, and the world of nature

9. Play. Being able to laugh, to play, to enjoy recreational activities

10. Control over one’s environment. (a) Political: being able to participate effectively in political choices that govern one’s life; having the rights of political participation, free speech and freedom of association… (b) Material: being able to hold property (both land and movable goods); having the right to seek employment on an equal basis with others

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Get a head-start on The Great Kindness Challenge
– modified for the workplace:
1. Smile at 25 people.
2. Pick up trash in your workplace.
3. Make a new friend.
4. Learn to say ‘thank you’ in a new language. (Or hello.)
5. Recycle your trash.
6. Walk or bike to work instead of driving.
7. Say ‘good morning’ to 5 people.
8. Hold the door open for someone.
9. Compliment 5 people.
10. Create your own kind deed.

More at greatkindnesschallenge.org.

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