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Czech Republic

Sustainability

Updated 12/2012

Legal requirements

The rules on requirements and procedures for taking sustainability further are contained mainly in the Labour Code, the Collective Bargaining Act, the Consumer Protection Act and also in the Nature Conservation Act.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility means companies taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on the environment, consumers, staff, etc., and promoting the public interest, i.e. voluntarily eliminating practices that are harmful to the community.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is responsible for implementing corporate social responsibility laws.

Your activities have impacts in many areas, and corporate responsibility is thus beneficial in the following spheres, among others:

Corporate social responsibility (CRS) is a component of business strategy. There is no national body in the Czech Republic. In the sphere of employment and social affairs in relations between employees and employers CRS is applied, for example, through the practice of collective bargaining.

Within the framework of collective bargaining there are corporate collective agreements and higher level collective agreements, which make it possible to reach agreement on certain commitments over and above the legally required minimum. The practice of extending the binding nature of higher level collective agreements also applies to collective bargaining.

Standards

Quality management system ISO 9001:2000

The internationally applied standard ISO 9001:2000 is applicable to any production activity or service provided. It was created by the International Organisation for Standardisation, the aim of which is to establish international Quality Management System standards.

Environmental management system ISO 14001

This includes widely-applied environmental management procedures, placing great emphasis on the attitude of the organisation to the environment. An entity satisfying the conditions of the ISO 14001 standard supports environmental protection and the prevention of pollution in balance with social and economic needs.

Certification under this ISO standard may be performed by a certification body accredited, for example, by the Czech Accreditation Institute.

The EMAS environmental management and auditing system

EMAS is a voluntary system for companies that have agreed to assess and improve their environmental profile. An organisation deciding to adopt this scheme also undertakes to provide relevant information to the public. The environmental declaration of the company must be verified by an accredited third party.

OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system

The standard helps to eliminate or minimise risk for employees or other persons who would be exposed to risk through the activities of a company. The standard helps to demonstrate fulfilment of legal requirements and is a significant step towards creating and sustaining an environment that is good both for employees and for business.

Certification under this standard may be performed by a certification body accredited, for example, by the Czech Accreditation Institute.

Social responsibility SA8000

International standard SA8000 is recognised worldwide as the reference standard for improving working conditions. The various chapters of this standard specify requirements for hours of work, health and safety, prevention of discrimination, the work of children and young people, forced labour, freedom of association, disciplinary practices, rewards for the fulfilment of basic needs and a management system for continuous improvement.

The law requires businesses to comply with minimum social and environmental rules.

Administrative procedures

Certification of standards

Quality management standards

A detailed method for implementing a quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 is available on the following link:

Environmental management standards

The following links provide a process for implementing the ISO 14001 environmental management system and the EMAS environmental management and auditing system.

Occupational safety management standards

The link below contains information on implementing the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system.

Resources

Further information on corporate social responsibility is available on the following specialised website:

Help & advice

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