Continuing Action

This section explains the main steps involved in setting up systems to manage your environmental impacts and some of the forms of recognition (standards, labels, reporting) available should your company wish to gain environmental credentials. Finally, initiatives such as corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and ethical investment are explained as these can overlap with environmental responsibility initiatives and they are being adopted by the screen production industry overseas and in New Zealand.

Corporate social responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) covers the voluntary actions that a business can take to be accountable to all stakeholders in all its operations and activities with the aim of achieving sustainable development not only in the economic dimension but also in the social and environmental dimensions.

A company’s stakeholders are all those who are influenced by and can influence a company’s decisions and actions, locally or globally. Business stakeholders include (but are not limited to): employees, customers, suppliers, community organisations, subsidiaries and affiliates, joint-venture partners, local neighbourhoods, investors, shareholders (or a sole owner), and the environment. The diverse issues covered by CSR include: child labour, working hours and conditions, human rights, ethical investment, environmental impacts and fair trade. An organisations corporate social responsibility work often includes environmental initiatives. CSR is a way for organisations to use some of their profits to give back.

United Nations Global Compact

The Global Compact was initiated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, as a challenge to business leaders to support universal environmental and social principles. This challenge has been extended to film makers and broadcasters through the World Summit on the Information Society. The Global Compact seeks to promote responsible corporate citizenship so that businesses can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalisation. In this way, the private sector – in partnership with other social actors – can help realise the Secretary-General’s vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. The Global Compact is a voluntary initiative that aims to mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world and catalyse actions in support of UN goals.

Human rights
  • Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Businesses should eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Businesses should seek the effective abolition of child labour
  • Businesses should eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.

  • Environment
  • Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.

  • Anti-corruption
  • Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.

  • The ten principles are derived from:
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Labour Organisation's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  • Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • United Nations Convention Against Corruption
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