Tools

Title & Link Description
A Framework for Ethical Decision Making Ethical decision-making is a process, best done in a caring and compassionate environment. This framework is to be used as a guide, rather than a “recipe”.
A Measure of Integrity A Measure of Integrity can help companies answer these critical questions: What does the value of integrity mean in our organization? Where does our company want to be on A Measure of Integrity? Where is our organization now? What are the gaps? What can we do to close the gaps? What limits our organization’s capacity to close the gaps?
A Measure of Integrity Scorecard A companion tool to “A Measure of Integrity”, the Measure of Integrity Scorecard can be used by companies to guide conversations with their key stakeholders.
Aboriginal Engagement & Sustainability A CBSR compendium of leadership practices based on the Building Sustainable Relationships conference hosted in Vancouver on February 8-9, 2005
Aspen Institute Web Resources The Aspen Institute Center for Business Education (CBE) equips business leaders for the 21st century with a new management paradigm—the vision and knowledge to integrate corporate profitability and social value.
Catalogue of Social Practices in the Canadian Minerals and Mining Industry The catalogue presents the efforts of Canadian mining companies who practice social responsibility in their project planning and administration, and in their activities outside the mine sites.
Codes of Conduct in the Private Sector: A Review of the Academic Literature since 1987 Sponsored by EthicsCentre CA and authored by Dr. Mark Baetz, Dr. A. Scott Carson, and Ms. Shelley McGill, this report is the definitive bibliographic source for research on the subject of Codes of Conduct in private sector workplaces.
Compendium of Ethics Codes This document identifies and assembles the most significant and influential codes and other instruments of corporate responsibility in a globalized economy.
Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) This 12th edition of the database, with current information as of June 30, 2011, contains 1,363 organizations divided among the following 15 categories.
Corporate Social Responsibility Monitor 2004 The CSR Monitor is a syndicated annual survey of global public opinion, covering a variety of corporate responsibility issues. It provides global decision-makers with critical insights and comparative country metrics needed to better understand the trends shaping their international business and policy environment.
Corporate Social Responsibility: An Implementation Guide for Business Adapted from “CSR: An implementation Guide for Canadian Businesses”, the IISD has produced a guide for international businesses. This guide provides an overview of the basic steps to and instruments for implementing a CSR strategy adapted specifically to your business or organizational context.
Ethics Glossary Even among those who believe they know ethics, there is not total agreement on the meaning of the terms that are used.
Ethics Resource Center Toolkit Includes tips and guidelines for writing codes of ethics, an ethics glossary, values definitions and other short articles on the practice of organizational ethic.
EthicsAssurance Self Assessment Tool EthicsAssurance is a principal self assessment tool in assessing ethics within organizations. The enterprise ethics assurance tool looks not only at ethics but also environment, human resources, community responsibilities, fiscal probity and other modules.
ethipedia.net – Online Encyclopedia ethipedia.net is an online encyclopedia and knowledge network of replicable sustainable business practices.
ethiquette.ca – Online Directory ethiquette.ca is an online directory of socially and environmentally responsible products and services to help individuals consume more responsibly
Five Questions That Corporate Directors Should Ask This paper presents five questions any board member can ask to begin a dialogue that will mitigate the risks presented by principle-agent relationships in larger organizations.
Globethics.net – Digital Library on Ethics A global electronic platform on ethics created with the goal of ensuring that people in all regions of the world are empowered with knowledge resources to reflect and act on ethical issues.
Government of Canada – Sustainability Reporting Toolkit This Sustainability Reporting Toolkit was developed in response to an industry identified need to have more information and guidance on practices related to corporate sustainability reporting.
Guide to Instruments of Corporate Responsibility This document profiles 16 leading standards, codes, guidelines and principles of corporate responsibility. In addition to providing an overview of the purpose and operation of each instrument, the Guide draws on concrete examples to illustrate how institutional investors and labour pension funds have employed these instruments in promoting corporate responsibility in their equity holdings.
Human Rights in the Mining & Metals Industry: Handling and Resolving Local Level Concerns & Grievances This publication builds upon ICMM’s overall work to date on ‘business and human rights’ and is one of a number of good practice guidance publications and toolkits that ICMM has produced to encourage improved sustainable development performance.
Human Rights in the Mining and Metals Industry: Integrating Human Rights Due Diligence into Corporate Risk Management Processes This publication is a comprehensive guide focused on integrating human rights due diligence into corporate risk management processes. It introduces and explains what is meant by human rights due diligence and the central role it plays in delivering on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.
Industry Canada – 10 Ways to start or enhance your sustainability purchasing strategy Industry Canada has compiled a 10-step reference for businesses to start or enhance sustainability purchasing strategy.
Industry Canada – Other CSR Tools Industry Canada has compiled links to various tools and vehicles that can be employed by a corporation to advance and encourage effective progress on CSR performance.
Industry Canada – Principles and Guidelines for Pursuing CSR A selection of principles, guidelines and codes of conduct that companies can use to develop their statements of commitment.
Industry Canada – Resources on Management Systems Management frameworks and systems are another avenue for improving corporate performance with regard to economic, social, and environmental objectives. The most useful tools available to businesses with respect to management systems appear to be management system specifications or standards as well as related implementation guides that have been developed on a voluntary basis by industry and other stakeholders at international or domestic national levels. The IC website provides a list with links to some of the more popular management system tools.
Integrity in Organizations – Newsletters from EthicScan This newsletter is intended to help integrity officers who work for governments, businesses and civil society organizations to share professional resources.
Integrity Tools: Integrity Bridges Resource Centre The Integrity Resource Centre shares practical bridge-building tools, ideas and inspiration.
International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Mine Closure Toolkit ICMM’s toolkit, “Planning for Integrated Mine Closure”, provides practical guidance for a key challenge to mining: closing a mine in a sustainable manner.
International Council on Mining and Metals Resource Library contains material published by International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
Investing for the Soul – Resource Website A comprehensive website with resources for spiritually or ethically oriented investors and investment professionals.
Mining & Health: A Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit This Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit will help members of mining-affected communities conduct their own assessment of the health of their community and guide them in taking steps towards supporting and improving the conditions for health in their communities.
Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities The Information Kit structure is designed to explain the mining cycle — from prospecting and exploration — through mining operations — to mine closure and reclamation. It contains four modules that match the main phases of the mining cycle.
Mining: Partnerships for Development Toolkit The Toolkit focuses on six thematic areas where previous work has indicated the potential for partnerships between companies and other stakeholders to enhance the positive contribution and minimize negative impacts.
Natural Resources Canada – Best Practices Examples of sound practices in social management, environmental management, and reporting are described in the pages linked below.
Natural Resources Canada – CSR: Lessons Learned The study was part of a larger federal Policy Research Initiative (PRI) on sustainable development, being undertaken to look at key policy issues facing Canada in the short and long term.
NBS Systematic Review: Climate Change This systematic review synthesized the entire body of research on business adaptation to climate change, reviewing thousands of studies from academia and practice. Provides a helpful list of the risks and opportunities for many of the leading sectors dealing with climate change. Includes case studies on how several of the world’s leading companies are adapting to climate change.
NBS Systematic Review: Consumerism This systematic review synthesizes 30 years of research on whether consumers are willing to reward firms for their positive sustainability actions either by changing their behaviour or by paying a price premium. Provides a helpful model that illustrates the factors that influence consumers as they consider socially conscious consumerism.
NBS Systematic Review: Decision-making This tool will help you work through the policy development process, highlighting key success factors and red flags unique to the environmental policy sphere.
NBS Systematic Review: Environmental Impacts Systematic review of more than 180 applied and academic studies and 20 tools. Provides an actionable four-step process for measuring your organization’s environmental impacts. Identifies the pros and cons of the most common tools enabling managers to select among them depending on their specific needs.
NBS Systematic Review: Environmental Policy Systematic review of more than 204 applied and academic studies. Provides an environmental policy framework that outlines the key areas to be considered in the development of any policy.
NBS Systematic Review: Organizational Culture Systematic review of 179 studies spanning 15 years of applied and academic research. Summarizes all proven and potential practices for building sustainability into organizational DNA. Includes a gap analysis tool for assessing your existing culture and identifying areas of improvement.
NBS Systematic Review: Stakeholder Engagement Systematic review of more than 200 applied and academic studies. Provides a guide for identifying your stakeholders and planning how and why to engage them. Includes tools for planning, implementing and measuring your engagement strategy.
NBS Systematic Review: Valuing Sustainability Synthesizes the entire body of research on valuing sustainability including over thousands of studies from both academia and practice. Provides a useful list of recommended sustainability valuation resources that help managers put metrics into practice.
Reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility Performance: Results of a Survey of Canadian Companies 2001 Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting has emerged onto the Canadian business landscape in recent years.
Resource Endowment Toolkit: The Challenge of Mineral Wealth The objective of the methodology presented in this document is to develop an overview of the impacts that mining projects and industries have on their host communities and countries. The objective is not a methodology for ex-ante social impact assessment, which is a much more detailed and lengthy process.
Socially Responsible Shareholdership: A Handbook for Institutional Investors This document discusses why decision-makers at institutional investment funds are under growing ethical and financial pressure to adopt social screens and active shareholdership policies. It also helps institutional investors and other groups and organizations with the processes involved in developing proxy voting guidelines, corporate dialogue, shareholder proposals and divestment.
Sustainable Development Strategies Sustainable Development Strategies (SDS), prepared by federal departments and agencies under 1995 amendments to the Auditor General Act, are a key element of the Government of Canada’s approach to sustainable development (SD).
Systematic Review: Environmental Impacts The most comprehensive and credible evidence to date on how to measure an organization’s environmental impacts.
The Evolving Role of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Report on the knowledge, skills, personal attributes, education, professional qualifications and experience required by ethics and compliance officers.
The PLUS Decision Making Model The traditional decision making model taught in most ethics programs is beyond the reading comprehension level of an estimated 25% of the employee population.
The Sustainable Finance Toolkit Aims to help banks implement robust environmental and social risk management approaches which are also consistent with the Equator Principles and international good practice.
Tools for Sustainability Purchasing The Sustainability Purchasing Network (SPN) is a learning resource for corporate, not-for-profit, academic, government, public sector, labour, and co-operative organizations in their sustainability purchasing efforts.
Transparency International Canada Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist The Transparency International Canada Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist (TI-Canada ACC) is a tool for those Canadian corporations seeking to significantly enhance their risk management processes.
Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights A set of tools designed to help companies, their employees, and contractors implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. This first-of-its kind set of tools is designed to help companies implement the Voluntary Principles (VP) on Security and Human Rights.
Web-Based Self-Assement Tool This is a tool for managing ethics, integrity and trust systematically.