The Mission of Q-RES is:
“To promote, together with participating organisations, a management framework for corporate social and ethical responsibility based on the idea of the social contract between the firm and its stakeholders, by developing a new type of quality standard, externally verifiable”.
The underpinning idea is that socially responsible organisations will develop better relationship with their stakeholders and will gain a competitive advantage in terms of better reputation, trust and reliability.
To achieve this aim, the Q-RES Project has defined a CSR Management Framework, witch can be adopted by any private corporation or public organisation willing to govern in a fair and efficient way its relationships with stakeholders.
At present we are developing the Q-RES Norm, which translates the Q-RES Management Framework described in the Guidelines into a management standard, certifiable by independent third parties.
The Q-RES Guideline, published in ‘October 2001’, present the Q-RES Management Framework, an integrated approach to corporate social and ethical responsibility that defines Content, Function, Development Methodology and Excellence Criteria for the adoption of the following six CSR tools:
• Corporate Ethical Vision
• Code of Ethics
• Ethical Training
• Organisational Systems of Implementation & Control
• Social & Ethical Accountability
• External Verification
The Q-RES Project arises in 1998 from an original idea by Lorenzo Sacconi and Simone de Colle, which has been developed in following years by the Q-RES Team of CELE - Centre for Ethics Law & Economics at LIUC University of Castellanza, Italy, in collaboration with a group of companies, professional associations, service providers and NGOs who gathered together in a permanent discussion Forum – the Q-RES Forum – established in December 1999 at CELE.
“To be ethical because it is profitable is not ethical.
But to be ethical is profitable”.
Norman E. Bowie