Providing guidance rather than driving action
Most frameworks are very comprehensive and normative in what you should do. The result is a focus on being compliant rather than looking for how your company can make a positive difference. However, the frameworks can be very helpful in determining which themes and issues are the most important and relevant for you.
Make it personal
Based on the relevancy to your company, you can decide which framework suits your situation best.
Relevant questions for choosing a framework are:
- which topics and issues are relevant for your company;
- what is important to your business;
- where can you have the biggest positive impact;
- is there an industry standard or widely used framework for your company;
- are your competitors using a specific framework;
- do customers ask for this;
- is there any local initiative;
- what is important for your stakeholders;
- how important is quantification;
- is a (specific) framework accepted in your ecosystem;
- does it fit in your business strategy.
It is advisable to evaluate your choice periodically to make sure it still fits within your objectives and is still an accepted, legitimate framework.
Choose a starting point
On this platform, we based the topics mainly on ISO 26000 and GRI as these are the most comprehensive and widely used, but we use aspects and ideas from other frameworks as well. Any of the topics, cases or best practices can be used for different frameworks.
There are linkage documents that link, directly or indirectly, most frameworks with each other. Based on the outcome and the resulting priorities, you can always decide to work with a more specific framework. Most of the topics and issues can be used for this purpose.