Kiwa offers services that provide transparency to your efforts in sustainable business practices. Through these services, your stakeholders can witness your commitment in this domain. In collaboration with other certification bodies, Kiwa has developed the CSR Performance Ladder, the certification standard for socially responsible entrepreneurship.
When is it needed?
There is a growing awareness and necessity to take action in CSR. The CSR Performance Ladder allows companies to certify a CSR management system, inspired by ISO 26000. Businesses focusing on comprehensive CSR in their operations can showcase their progress on the CSR Performance Ladder.
Why Choose Kiwa?
From the sector, there is an increasing demand to quantify and visualize CSR efforts objectively. The CSR Performance Ladder is in effect in the Netherlands from 2010 onwards and is internationally recognized from 2015 onwards. CSR and sustainability are valued by major clients and the government in their invitations to tender.
Additionally, governments are more and more committed to sustainable business operations and are gradually transitioning to sustainable procurement. Companies collaborating with the government must demonstrate their commitment to CSR. The CSR Performance Ladder, along with the corresponding certificate, fulfills this requirement.
How does the certification process work?
The CSR Performance Ladder is a management system that focuses on the development, implementation, and alignment of policies across 31 themes categorized under Environment, Social and Governance. These themes include topics such as discrimination, energy, and contributions to the local economy, covering the entire business operations. Formulated policies need to be aligned with the organization's stakeholders.
The CSR Performance Ladder comprises 5 levels. Levels 1 and 2 serve as initial steps to progress to level 3, which leads to a broadly achievable implementation of themes within the industry. From level 3, companies can ascend the ladder to levels 4 and 5 by specifying and distinguishing themes and broadening their alignment.
CSR certification logo
Each level on the CSR Performance Ladder comes with a certificate, allowing companies to display the certification logo. This logo, along with the mention of the achieved level, serves as evidence of adherence to the objective norm of socially responsible business practices.
Kiwa and CSR
The CSR Performance Ladder is one of Kiwa's services in the field of CSR. Kiwa's CSR services aim to assist organizations in elucidating their efforts and achievements in sustainable business practices.
But we do more: we also have our own goals and ambitions to ensure a bright future for everyone, brought together in our CSR strategy: Setting ambitious goals for CSR | Kiwa