Determine the Related Governmental Rules and Requirements
The directives are set forth under the codes for business ethics and corporate social responsibility in the state or city and country in which the business operates. If the product is to be exported, include the laws of the country to where the product will be marketed.
Find related and relevant information from the following databases: (Links can be found n the reference section of this article).
BELL – The Business Ethics Link Library – this is a comprehensive resource for the codes of ethics that govern U.S. companies, including their social responsibilities for environmental stewardship.
ISO – International Organization for Standardization – The globally recognized developer and publisher of international standards instituted in 162 countries. The standards were established on the consensus that they meet both the needs of the business and that of the society. Find information about internationally recognized standards for:
- Social Responsibility (ISO 26000)
- Environmental Management (ISO 14000)
Risk Management – (ISO 31000)
- Quality Management (ISO 9000)
- ISO Standards Catalogue
ISO Concept Database – This resource is an online platform that furnishes users with fresh concepts based on ISO standards. ISO’s purpose in providing this database is to facilitate research and development initiatives and at the same time stay within the bounds of the entire ISO standards portfolio.
EPA – CREM – Environmental Protection Agency’s Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling:
This online database furnishes information for (1) development (2) conceptual basis, scientific detail and innovation (3) technical requirements and usage (4) input and output requirements (5) links for additional information, covering 147 EPA supported models to ensure consistency among eco-innovators.
EPA Toxic Release Inventory – A database resource for gathering information for over 600 toxic chemicals being used by U.S. firms and other facilities as it provides guidelines for waste disposal and management of releases, through recycling initiatives, energy recovery programs and remediation treatments.
Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) – Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
The GRI sustainability reports coming from business organizations from all over the world. They serve as comparative references based on the GRI’s standards as a means to measure organizational performance and compliance with the environmental laws and societal standards for global businesses.
European Multilateral Environmental Agreements – National Pages – This reference material contains overviews of environmental protection for every European country by way of governmental, legislative and educational policies, including case-laws.