Communication on Progress- the WolfGroup Consultants

Participant
Published
  • 2014/08/14
Time period
  • August 2013  –  August 2014
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.

  • To our stakeholders:

    I am pleased to confirm that the WolfGroup reaffirms its support of the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption.

    The WolfGroup Consultants has been committed to the ten principles of the Global Compact since 2012, and is continuously working on integrating sustainability criteria into its business processes. The company actively promotes compliance with internationally adopted standards and regulations in the fields of human rights, occupational standards, environmental protection and the fight against corruption. The WolfGroup ensures that its contractors to adhere to the same standards.

    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.

    Sincerely yours,

    Raj RANA
    Director, the WolfGroup Consultants

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.

  • Our company faces limited Human Rights related risks and impact in the humanitarian and development sector in which we work. Our work is in advising UN agencies, INGOs, Foundations, MSIs and Boards on how their strategic focus and effort can further enhance their respect and promotion of human rights.

    We have adopted a human rights policy on 15 September 2013 which outlines our commitments to employees, suppliers and contractors, local communities and society. This document includes appropriate to references to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions on Labour Standards.

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

  • Our due diligence practice in ensuring respect and promotion of Human Rights is focused on the vetting of contractors. To ensure human resource polices and procedures supporting Human rights, our contracting agreements are developed in line with Swiss legislation, in particular to Part Five of the Swiss Civil Code (“Obligationenrecht”).

    We are actively developing policies that will address: Women and Gender Equality; Children's Rights; Indigenous Peoples; Persons with Disabilities; and, combating Human Trafficking.

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

  • The Senior Management Team conducts a biannual review of policies in light of operating performance. Where gaps in performance are found, mitigation measures are identified and a plan of action is agreed, implemented and results monitored. Progress against the 10 principles of the Global Compact is charted in year end review.

    In terms of progress, we have adopted a human rights policy on 15 September 2013 which outlines our commitments to employees, suppliers and contractors, local communities and society. This document includes appropriate to references to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions on Labour Standards.

    As we explore adherence to additional sustainability standards and indexes, we will progressively develop a comprehensive tool to conduct regular and systematic audits of our performance about these benchmarks.

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.

  • Our due diligence practice in ensuring respect and promotion of Human Rights is focused on the vetting of contractors. To ensure human resource polices and procedures supporting Human rights, our contracting agreements are developed in line with Swiss legislation, in particular to Part Five of the Swiss Civil Code (“Obligationenrecht”). Compliance with Swiss law aligns with protection of the freedom to association and collective bargaining and the elimination of forced labour, child labour and employment discrimination.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions taken by the company to implement labour policies, address labour risks and respond to labour violations.

  • In terms of progress, we have adopted a human rights policy on 15 September 2013 which outlines our commitments to employees, suppliers and contractors, local communities and society. This document includes appropriate to references to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Core Conventions on Labour Standards.

    We are actively developing policies that will address: Women and Gender Equality; Children's Rights; Indigenous Peoples; Persons with Disabilities; and, combating Human Trafficking.

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

  • At the current staffing levels of the company, we can report gender parity.

    The Senior Management Team conducts a biannual review of policies in light of operating performance. Where gaps in performance are found, mitigation measures are identified and a plan of action is agreed, implemented and results monitored. Progress against the 10 principles of the Global Compact is charted in year end review.

    As we explore adherence to additional sustainability standards and indexes, we will progressively develop a comprehensive tool to conduct regular and systematic audits of our performance about these benchmarks.

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.

  • The WolfGroup adopted an environmental policy on 05 September 2012. This document is a pledge to accepting responsibility for any harmful effects its operations nave on local and global environment and a commitment to reduce them. It equally obliges the company to measure its impact on the environment, set targets for ongoing improvement and comply with all relevant environmental legislation.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement environmental policies, address environmental risks and respond to environmental incidents.

  • The nature of our work is in the provision of advice and facilitation to UN agencies, INGOs, Foundations, MSIs and Boards; as such, our operations by their nature risk very limited environmental impact.

    That said, we have successfully undertaken initiatives to reduce our impact. These include:
    - reducing travel and particularly flights through the promotion of e-tools, webex and teleconferences in lieu of organising physical meetings
    - encouraging our clients to provide documentation in electronic format to workshop and conference participants
    - successfully migrated to a near paperless office policy in 2014
    - policy and purchase of IT materials that meet the highest standards (ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 requirements and Gold Rating from EPEAT_

    Our contracting procedures extend the same commitment and obligations of our environmental policy to our contractors.

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

  • The Senior Management Team conducts a biannual review of policies in light of operating performance. Where gaps in performance are found, mitigation measures are identified and a plan of action is agreed, implemented and results monitored. Progress against the 10 principles of the Global Compact is charted in year end review.

    In our measurement of outcomes, we are able to quantitatively track reductions in our environmental impact through the measures presented under implementation:

    - substantial reduction in the kilometres traveled, in particular flights taken (60% reduction over the reporting period)
    - reduction in office costs through migration to paperless office
    - purchase of IT material in compliance with our procurement and environmental policies

    As we explore adherence to additional sustainability standards and indexes, we will progressively develop a comprehensive tool to conduct regular and systematic audits of our performance about these benchmarks.

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.

  • The nature of our work is in the provision of advice and facilitation to UN agencies, INGOs, Foundations, MSIs and Boards; as such, our operations by their nature have a low risk of corruption.

    In terms of progress, we have adopted an anti-corruption policy on 20 October 2013 which outlines acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours in compliance with anti-corruption laws, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Pratices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. This includes compliance with all laws, domestic and foreign, prohibiting improper payments, gifts or inducements of any kind to and received from any person, including officials in the private or public sector, customers and suppliers. 
It provides clear and practical guidance to all staff of the WolfGroup Consultants, including key definitions, possible forms of corruption and books/records/internal control requirements.

  • Implementation
  • Description of concrete actions to implement anti-corruption policies, address anti-corruption risks and respond to incidents.

  • In terms of progress, we have adopted an anti-corruption policy on 20 October 2013 which outlines acceptable and non-acceptable behaviours in compliances with anti-corruption laws, such as the US Foreign Corrupt Pratices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. This includes compliance with all laws, domestic and foreign, prohibiting improper payments, gifts or inducements of any kind to and received from any person, including officials in the private or public sector, customers and suppliers. 
It provides clear and practical guidance to all staff of the WolfGroup Consultants, including key definitions, possible forms of corruption and books/records/internal control requirements.

    To date there have been no reported instances of corruption of corrupt practice.

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

  • The Senior Management Team conducts a biannual review of policies in light of operating performance. Where gaps in performance are found, mitigation measures are identified and a plan of action is agreed, implemented and results monitored. Progress against the 10 principles of the Global Compact is charted in year end review.

    Our contracting agreements with suppliers are developed in line with Swiss legislation, in particular to Part Five of the Swiss Civil Code (“Obligationenrecht”). Compliance with Swiss law aligns with our anti-corruption policy and ensures that we respect the relevant national legislation and standards that further reinforce our books/records/internal control requirements under the law of Switzerland.

    As we explore adherence to additional sustainability standards and indexes, we will progressively develop a comprehensive tool to conduct regular and systematic audits of our performance about these benchmarks.