Anglia Ruskin helps to launch Responsible Business Standard

Published: 13 June 2011 at 11:03

New award enables companies to embrace the social and environmental agenda

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Anglia Ruskin University has partnered the Essex Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB) to launch the Responsible Business Standard.

The Responsible Business Standard has been developed by ORB as a platform to allow Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across all sectors to develop responsible practices in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community.

The Standard is a driver for best practice and increased reputation and, although the focus is on responsible business, embracing the social and environmental agenda can ultimately help businesses become more profitable in the long term.

Academics from Anglia Ruskin have been supporting ORB in the Standard’s validation and Dr Beatriz Acevedo, Lecturer in Sustainable Management at Lord Ashcroft International Business School in Chelmsford, said:

“The ORB Standard is a well-designed accreditation with a robust delivery system.

“It is a useful instrument for a number of stakeholders, private and public procurement departments wishing to further relationships with responsible organisations; as well as customers who increasingly demand greater transparency from the companies they are dealing with.”

To obtain the Responsible Business Standard – which is available at bronze, silver and gold levels – a business will need to evidence to a Certified ORB Auditor that it ‘operates efficiently and ethically; meets and exceeds legislation; and always considers its impact on people (the workplace, the community and society at large) and the environment’.

Local businesses will be able to discover more about the Standard at a special event at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus on Wednesday 22 June, which will be attended by Cllr Peter Martin, Leader of Essex County Council and Cllr Kevin Bentley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development. 

The event, which will be held in the Michael Ashcroft Building, begins at 6pm with coffee and networking.  To register, please visit http://orblaunchchelmsford220611.eventbrite.com