Communication on Progress - North South Consultants Exchange

Participant
Published
  • 2015/06/10
Time period
  • June 2014  –  June 2015
Format
  • Stand alone document – Basic COP Template
Differentiation Level
  • This COP qualifies for the Global Compact Active level
Self-assessment
  • Includes a CEO statement of continued support for the UN Global Compact and its ten principles
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Human Rights
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Labour
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Environment
  • Description of actions or relevant policies related to Anti-Corruption
  • Includes a measurement of outcomes
 
  • Statement of continued support by the Chief Executive Officer
  • Statement of the company's chief executive (CEO or equivalent) expressing continued support for the Global Compact and renewing the company's ongoing commitment to the initiative and its principles.

  • We are pleased to confirm that North South Consultants Exchange reaffirms its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. In this annual Communication on Progress, we describe our actions to continually improve the integration of the Global Compact and its principles into our business strategy, culture and daily operations. We also commit to share this information with our stakeholders using our primary channels of communication.

    Our core values and our Code of Business Conduct commit all NSCE employees to conduct business in accordance with high ethical standards and in compliance with applicable laws. Our Code of Business Conduct is compliant with the Ten Principles of the UNGC. It is continuously complemented with supporting directives and guidelines.

    Zohra Merabet

    NSCE, Executive Director

Human Rights
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of human rights for the company (i.e. human rights risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on Human Rights.

  • In NSCE, we employ and conduct business with highly skilled labour handling our sustainable development projects.
    Violating proclaimed human rights is simply against our business model – not only is it against our own business ethics policy it would also harm our business. Thus, where local legislation does not naturally protect human rights, labour rights and serve environment interests.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement Human Rights policies, address Human Rights risks and respond to Human Rights violations.

  • Internal Implementation:
    • Internal rules and procedures with regard to employees travel inside and outside the country taking into consideration health and accident insurance.
    • NSCE is an equal opportunity company with regard to employment and in compliance with the Universal Human Rights Declaration.
    • Considered internal working conditions with regard to health and social insurance, lighting and equipment provided to company employees.
    • The company has specific working hours during the day, week and month and respects in compliance with the ILO Conventions and Recommendations on labor standards.
    • We engage in most if not all of the events and workshops published which discusses internal and external CSR.

    External Implementation
    • As a company working in the field of sustainable development, we participate and manage projects where Human Rights aspect is a main part of these projects. We are committed to Human Rights Principles internally inside the organization and externally towards the community.
    • Projects implementation, for example NSCE has participated in a project named “Technical Assistance for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, Civil Society and Support to Political Development and Good Governance”.
    o The overall objective of this project is to assist the Project Management Unit at the Egyptian Ministry for International Cooperation in the monitoring and implementation of the Human Rights and Political Support Programmes carried out under the umbrella of the bilateral Association Agreement between the EU and Egypt signed in 2004 for the protection of human rights, together with the promotion of pluralistic democracy and effective guarantees for the rule of law and the fight against poverty.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • The company evaluates and monitors the performance through specific tools:
    1. Regular feedback forms of events attended and experience gained through different events/workshops.
    2. Employee performance appraisal and individual improvement with regard to this specific subject.
    3. The existence of a specialized unit monitoring all the activities of Human Rights and actions, activities and practices inside the organization.

Labour
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of labour rights for the company (i.e. labour rights-related risks and opportunities). Description of written policies, public commitments and company goals on labour rights.

  • No answer provided.
  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • NSCE builds on a long tradition of establishing trust in its collaborations with social partners to create stable and open relations. The company respects the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining for all its employees. As far as national legislation allows, NSCE promotes this fundamental right by applying its own Code of Business Conduct to all employees.

    Besides emphasizing its clear commitment to the Code of Business Conduct, in which NSCE and all employees commit to ‘complying with all employment and labor laws including those related to the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor under applicable laws. NSCE is regularly audited by the specialized authorities in relation to labor and work conditions “Ministry of labor”. NSCE by any means is not involved and in any activates related to forced or compulsory labour.

    This principle of Child Labor does not apply to the condition of NSCE as a consultancy company.

    Besides emphasizing its clear commitment to the Code of Business Conduct, in which NSCE and all employees commit to ‘complying with all employment and labor laws including those related to the fair chances of employment and occupation. NSCE is following and applying a strict office manual of procedures with regard to the above-mentioned principle.
    NSCE follows fair employment procedures as per its internal manual, which gives every incumbent the chance to apply fairly to any position in NSCE without any discrimination in color, religion, gender or Nationality.

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates performance.

  • No answer provided.
Environment
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of environmental protection for the company (i.e. environmental risks and opportunities). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on environmental protection.

  • No answer provided.
  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • PRINCIPLE 7: BUSINESSES SHOULD SUPPORT A PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES;
    IMPLEMENTATION
    • NSCE benefits of the implementation of Energy efficient and environmentally green solution in terms of equipment and material usage.
    o Power Saving machines (Computers, Servers, Printers, Photocopy Machines)
    o Reuse of and recycling printing papers.
    • NSCE is planning to have a written procedures manual with regards to environmental challenges and having clear instructions to employees and partners in this regards.
    PRINCIPLE 8: UNDERTAKE INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE GREATER ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY; AND
    IMPLEMENTATION
    • NSCE benefits of the implementation of Energy efficient and environmentally green solution in terms of equipment and material usage.
    o Power Saving machines (Computers, Servers, Printers, Photocopy Machines)
    o Reuse of and recycling printing papers.
    • NSCE is planning to have a written procedures manual with regards to environmental challenges and having clear instructions to employees and partners in this regards.
    PRINCIPLE 9: ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT AND DIFFUSION OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGIES.
    IMPLEMENTATION
    • The intensive us of Power Saving machines (Computers, Servers, Fax, Printers, Monitors, Photocopy Machines)
    • Reuse of and recycling printing papers.
    • NSCE follows and assessment policy for the technological equipment depreciation and its life cycle. NSCE is very much aware of the hazardous effect on environment in this regards.
    • Eco-designed offices and the use of environmental friendly material (ex. Use of wooden partitions in all NSCE offices).

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates environmental performance.

  • No answer provided.
Anti-Corruption
  • Assessment, policy and goals
  • Description of the relevance of anti-corruption for the company (i.e. anti-corruption risk-assessment). Description of policies, public commitments and company goals on anti-corruption.

  • No answer provided.
  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • 1. Prohibition Of Bribery
    a. Charitable Contributions
    b. Gifts, Hospitality and Expenses
    c. Facilitation Payments Recognizing
    d. Political Contributions

  • Measurement of outcomes
  • Description of how the company monitors and evaluates anti-corruption performance.

  • 1. Prohibition Of Bribery
    a. Charitable Contributions
    i. The enterprise should ensure that charitable contributions and sponsorships are not used as a subterfuge for bribery, and all charitable contributions and sponsorships should be transparent and made in accordance with applicable domestic law.
    b. Gifts, Hospitality and Expenses
    i. The enterprise should prohibit the offer or receipt of gifts, hospitality or expenses whenever such arrangements would be in violation of applicable domestic law.
    c. Facilitation Payments Recognizing
    i. That facilitation payments are prohibited under the anti-bribery laws of most countries, enterprises should eliminate them.
    ii. Facilitation payments, also called ‘facilitating’, ‘speed’ or ‘grease’ payments are small payments made to secure or expedite the performance of a routine action to which the enterprise is entitled.
    d. Political Contributions
    i. The enterprise, its employees or intermediaries, should not make direct or indirect contributions to political parties, party officials, candidates, organizations or individuals engaged in politics, as a subterfuge for bribery.
    ii. All political contributions should be transparent and made only in accordance with applicable law. The Program should include controls and procedures to ensure that improper political contributions are not made.