CSC Consulting's CSR Month
This month is the CSR Month for CSC Consulting, and we raise awareness on different topics in line with our values. We talk about Culture, Sustainability and Compliance.
June 5th - World Environment Day
In Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet, David Attenborough and Johan Rockström show the results of worlwide studies on the 9 planetary boundaries, assessing the current state of our planet and what is in our power to save it.
To reverse the curve and provide future generations with a viable environment, we all need to take actions to lower our carbon footprint and preverse biodiversity. At the company level, there are a number of frameworks and tools that enable us to measure and control our environmental impact. At all stages of your value chain, you can take actions to reduce your carbon footprint.
Core areas of actions are:
June 12th - World Day Against Child Labour
SDG 8. Decent work and economic growth
Target 8.7. Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms
Worldwide, 160 million children are engaged in child labour; 79 million of them are performing hazardous work. This number is increasing for the first time in the past 20 years. 2021 is the International Year of the Elimination of Child Labour, yet we have a long way to go to achieve full elimination.
Source: Child Labour - Global Estimates 2020, trends and the road forward - International Labour Organization
While most of child labour happens in Africa and Asia, European countries are not neutral in this matter. Due to unethical procurement processes, lack of due diligence and insufficient level of traceability in the supply chain for most goods sold in the european market, most consumers do not have access to the relevant information to make responsible purchasing decisions. When you as an individual or as a company make the decision to purchase a product, you have the power to demand transparency and traceability from your providers to eliminate slavery and child labour. Traceability in the supply chain is the most efficient way to avoid child labour. What measures can companies take to help ending child labour? Here are some examples of practices for sustainable supply chain management.
Strategy and management
Establish an organizational culture where all stakeholders are aware of human right concerns
Adapt organization’s management systems to enable human rights due diligence, and integrate the subject into decision-making processes and business operations
Involve stakeholders at all levels
Adopt a business model that supports better working conditions for workers and promotes respect of human rights
Leadership and human resources
Lead by example and encourage business leaders to speak up
Enable communication across teams and between all stakeholders, including suppliers
Instore a whistleblowing policy and grievance mechanisms to enable reporting and support to any victim, directly or indirectly, for all stakeholders
Supply chain management
Implement responsible purchasing practices, such as using traceability or chain of custody tolls
Design auditing and monitoring processes, particularly continuous monitoring practices which help avoid bias audits due to inaccurate responses, chosen workers’ representatives, and fraud in accounting and reporting.
Negotiate with suppliers and demand compliance to the organization’s commitments
Conduct a risk analysis and adopt a risk-based approach, acknowledging the practical limitations of supply chain management
Work with data and information, using for example online databases and self-disclosure information systems
Favor long-term contracts to suppliers to ensure decent working conditions and to encourage fair employment practices
Support and encourage ethical apprenticeship programmes with main suppliers to offer decent work alternatives for the youth
Governance and community
Engage with affected stakeholders, including workers and community members, via a two-way communication process, and sharing relevant information collected with decision-makers
Collaborate with multiple stakeholders such as governments, social partners and civil society to align with local projects and initiatives protecting human rights
Join global initiatives such as the UN Global Compact Decent Work in Global Supply Chains Action Platform, an “International Framework Agreement” or the Child Labour Platform
Work together with other companies from the industry to lobby in favor of human rights
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June 21st - World Music Day
Music is a universal language and has been an important part of all cultures since the beginning of human race. Accompanying rites of passage and community celebrations in all cultures, used as a communication tool during slavery, or simply helping individuals releasing their emotions in a healthy manner, music is part of our lives and our music tastes reflect who we are, which group we belong to and what we believe in.
Did you know that during the COVID-19 outbreak, the loss of income for musicians is estimated at 85%?
Music is helpful for individuals in many aspects:
Emotional benefits: Music elevates our mood. The amygdala, part of our brain regulating our mood and emotions, processes music directly to increase dopamine levels. Researchers mapped the 13 emotions evoked by music: Amusement, joy, eroticism, beauty, relaxation, sadness, dreaminess, triumph, anxiety, scariness, annoyance, defiance, and feeling pumped up.
Social benefits: in different contexts, music is a powerful tool to bring people together. Studies show that music helps people understand each other’s thoughts and feelings.
Learning benefits: Music facilitates the learning of mathematics, counting and timing. In musicians, auditory discrimination, finger dexterity, verbal ability and visual pattern completions are more developed.
Memory benefits: Various studies show that music strengthens memory skills. Music therapy can be used at early stages of Alzheimer disease or dementia to aid patients memory recalls, both through singing and music listening.
Physical benefits: Listening to music during a work-out session can boost physical performance and increase endurance. Runners are faster when listening to motivational music. Additionally, music increases activity levels in young children. Studies also show that music boosts the immune system, eases blood circulation and reduces heart rate.
Linguistic benefits: While children learn vocabulary through singing and musical stories, music helps people of all ages to learn a language or develop their vocabulary in their mother language, by hearing new words and expressions in the lyrics.
Mental health and brain related benefits: Music can decrease anxiety, loneliness and depression levels. It can also help recover from brain injuries such as stroke. Recent studies are also looking into music as a treatment for epilepsy.
Stress and pain coping benefits: The level of the stress hormone cortisol decreases while listening to music. This is one of the reasons why music is associated with relaxation. In relation, classical music improves the quality of sleep. Similarly, music eases pain, which is why music therapy is sometimes used in pain management.
Creativity benefits: Music is a powerful tool for individual expression and increases performance on overall divergent thinking.
On World Music day, CSC Consulting invites you to take action to support musicians, by donating, buying online music or simply sharing a song that you like on social media.
CSC Consulting supports Batch Gueye and we encourage our network to donate to the crowdfunding campaign for
You can also help him by following him on his different social media platforms:
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