Other social irresponsibility
A company or product may easily cause annoyance or disturbance with stakeholders. These stakeholders may be employees, suppliers, customers, people living in the vicinity of the company or even the general public.
The Oiconomy Standard considers causing such disturbances unethical and irresponsible behaviour.
There are many ways to cause disturbance, which are very hard to measure. Therefore the Oiconomy standard measures the quality of the social responsibility management system of the company and bases the preventive costs and unsustainability score on the costs needed for a perfect social responsibility management system in a socially sensitive industry.
This management system should minimally include the following type of disturbances:
- Discrimination in personnel policy, advertising or other communication in the field of sexes, health, handicapped people, belief, race, area of origin, age, political conviction, pregnancy or migrants.
- Lack of efforts to stimulate participation to the process of labour of minorities, disabled and underprivileged. However this standard does recognize the necessity that personnel are well qualified.
- Physical or mental violence and harassment within the organization.
- Publication of pornography, nude or other communications that could be taken offensive.
- Advertising without respect for groups of the society, such as stereotyping groups of people.
- Late payment of suppliers or employees.
- Illegal use of a brand name, knowledge, domain, design or intellectual property of others.
- Violation of property rights of both tangible goods and intellectual property.
- Under-market compensation for acquired property.
- Disrespect for not well defined traditional property (for instance of indigenous people).
- Advertising with potential wins, prizes or profits without publishing how large the chance actually is or advertising subscriptions with temporary reductions without mentioning the durance of the reduction and what cost may be expected after the reduction period.
- Advertising pharmacological products that should be reserved for medics or for smoke.
- Use of claims that are not solidly and scientifically proven.
- Not consequently communicate the sustainability as it is determined by the use of the Oiconomy Standard together with any advertising about or including aspects of sustainability.
- Incomplete, ambiguous, or insufficient transparency of vital information on packaging, information leaflets, contracts, prospectus and other ways of communication about the product.
- (Risk of) violation of privacy.
- Spam, uninvited telemarketing or other methods of violating the privacy of private persons.
- Keeping personal data without a proper reason or without their knowledge.
- Insufficient protection of personal data.
- Disclosure of private data, to others or publicly.
- Nuisance of noise (>50 decibels in living areas), tremors, smell, dust, traffic in living areas or other nuisances to people.
- Damage of cultural heritage.
- Lack of easy access for complaints and grievances.