This SMART module is based on BRE's Ethical Labour Sourcing standard (ELS) BES 6002.
The standard specifies the requirements for organisational management to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the principles of ethical labour sourcing in relation to the provision of products and services
SMART_BES 6002 provides an easy-access, menu-driven module for understanding the twelvemain elements of the standard and self-assessing against its requirements. Each self-assessment questionnaire allows the organization to rate and describe its current level of compliance with requirements and also to record improvement actions. Each clause and self-assessment questionnaire has Help screens and Guidance links from the web.
Add-on e-Learning modules can optionally be subscribed to where the organization requires more comprehensive and detailed support for implementing elements of the ethical labour sourcing standard.
InvestAssure is licensed by BRE to use the standard in its original form on the SMART platform. The license also authorizes the use of SMART_BES 6002 as the basis for verification. This means that a self-assessment completed on SMART will be accepted by accredited BES 6002 verifiers, within the context of the overall methodology set out in Section 4 of the standard.
The BES 6002 standard is published by BRE who introduce it as follows:
"Human Rights due diligence and overall ethical approaches to organisational & supply chain management are being recognised as strategically significant for many organisations. This standard has been created to recognise those who wish to seek third party assurance of their practices and provide a maturity pathway to make improvements continuously.
This BRE Environmental and Sustainability Standard provides a framework for the verification of Ethical Labour Sourcing (ELS) and to give a route to verification of an organisation's internal practices and procedures. The key objectives of this standard are to:
This BRE Environmental and Sustainability Standard has been structured so that compliance can be demonstrated through a combination of meeting the requirements of other recognised certification schemes, establishing written policies, setting objectives and targets and engaging with relevant stakeholders. The standard can be used as a business improvement tool without a business seeking verification. The ELS is primarily intended for those organisations that work (by providing products or services) in the UK whilst recognising these connected supply chains are often global."