Sustainable Growth Company
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17 Allergill Park, HD9 3XH

Top Rung – Leadership

Organisations on this rung are actively involved in the debate on Sustainability and CSR issues;
They are recognised as ‘best in class’ and are making a significant contribution to the overall discussion in society.
Organisations on this rung have a clear understanding of the Sustainability and CSR issues that are material to them and their stakeholders and have a clear product or project life cycle perspective.

Stakeholder engagement is well established and used as a critical input to the business planning process.

Sustainability and CSR issues are the basis for creating business opportunity.

Processes are maintained to manage Sustainability and CSR issues and these are integral to the core business management processes.

Sustainability and CSR programmes are outward looking and embracing may aspects of the product or project life cycle including communities and supply chain.

External reporting of performance is well established.

Rung 4 – Creating opportunities:

Organisations on this rung have a clear understanding of the Sustainability and CSR issues that are material to them and their stakeholders and have a clear product or project life cycle perspective.

Stakeholder engagement is well established and used as a critical input to the business planning process.

Sustainability and CSR issues are the basis for creating business opportunity.
Processes have been implemented to manage Sustainability and CSR issues and these are being integrated into core business management processes.

Sustainability and CSR programmes go beyond compliance but are mainly internal with little involvement of the supply chain or community.

External reporting of performance is well established.

Rung 3 – Managing the issues:

Organisations on this rung are developing an understanding of the sustainability and CSR issues that are material to them and their stakeholders.

Stakeholder engagement processes are being established but supply chain engagement is very limited.

Processes are being implemented to manage Sustainability and CSR issues but these are mainly separate from core business management processes.

Sustainability and CSR programmes go beyond compliance but are mainly internal with little involvement of the supply chain or community.

Performance reporting is well established with a representative of range parameters. This is reported internally and to selected external stakeholders.

Rung 2 – Managing the risks:

Organisations on this rung take a reactive approach but they have identified risks associated with sustainability and CSR.

They implement only those actions which are essential to protect their business from current threats.

There is some understanding of who are their stakeholders and have made assumptions about their concerns but engagement is only reactive.

Risk management processes are well established including HR, HS and EMS.
Programmes are largely compliance driven.

Performance reporting has been established but with limited parameters and mainly to an internal audience only.

Rung 1 – Managing compliance:

Organisations on this rung consider that their primary role as an organisation is to make a profit; sustainability and CSR issues are the responsibility of governments, not business; they comply with legal requirements but no more.

Legal requirements are complied with only where the costs of noncompliance exceed those of compliance.

There is very little understanding of who are their stakeholders or their concerns, apart from financial stakeholders, customers and regulators.

Some processes have been established, mainly HR and HS systems.

Performance measurement is carried out for cost control purposes only.

Bottom of the ladder – Reactive:

Organisations on this rung tend to ignore Sustainability and CSR issues and are sceptical about the agenda.

Organisations wait and see if a particular issue causes them problems and then deal with it.

Organisations have a poor awareness of applicable legal requirements and standards; financial stakeholders and possibly customers are their only consideration.

Organisations maintain virtually no Sustainability and CSR processes.

Performance is not measured.

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Sustainable Growth Company
SGC specialises in sustainability, corporate social responsibility, risk management, environmental management, health and safety, compliance, management systems and emissions trading.
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Sustainable Growth Company Limited
Registered office: 17 Allergill Park, HD9 3XH Company number: 02578553