IFU has developed a number of tools and templates to support the project companies in their sustainability work.
CSR self assessment
The tool is a questionnaire that helps to determine to what extent a company meets the most fundamental rights and requirements regarding significant sustainability issues. The tool can be used to identify any areas requiring further attention and to prioritise sustainability activities, and can be a part of a learning process for both managers and employees. The tool was developed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights in cooperation with IFU, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, and its official name is the Global Compact Self Assessment Tool. A short version of the tool can be downloaded here.
Sustainability policy and communication guidelines
IFU encourages all our investments to be transparent and informative about business and sustainability performance in order to create the best possible platform for a continuous and proactive dialogue with stakeholders.
Like most other investors, IFU requires that IFU financed projects have a written policy that explains what you want to achieve within your sustainability work.
Disclosure of relevant information will help stakeholders understand the impacts and opportunities of your business. Transparent communication and a systematic approach to handling concerns and complaints will strengthen stakeholders' confidence in you, improve your reputation and ensure good community relations. Visible external communication about your sustainability performance can maintain motivation and help you to stay focused on ensuring on-going improvements.
These guidelines help you in taking the first step and adopt a sustainability policy as well as plan your further sustainability communication.
The Sustainability policy and communication guidelines can be downloaded here.
Guidelines on supply chain management
These guidelines provide recommendations for how project companies can work towards ensuring acceptable sustainability conditions in their supply chain. The tool describes how the company can prioritise its suppliers, how the company can use codes of conduct and establish screening routines, how dialogue and partnerships can be organised and what the company can do if it identifies critical sustainability issues in its supply chain.
Guidelines on supply chain management can be downloaded here.
Template for the annual sustainability status report
This tool provides guidance for a project company when preparing the annual sustainability status report for the company's board. The tool is a reporting template that helps ensure that the status report reflects the company's performance, that it is in accordance with IFU's sustainability policy and can be used as a management tool to work to continuously improve sustainability issues.
IFU's template is available upon request.
These guidelines describe what an HIV/AIDS policy should include. Project companies are required to adopt an HIV/AIDS policy and actively contribute to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, offer HIV tests and prevent the illness from being stigmatised. Project companies must consider providing antiretroviral treatment to infected employees.
IFU's HIV/AIDS guidelines are available upon request.
A number of tools and standards developed by industrial organisations, consultancy firms and NGOs are also available. IFU can assist the project company in getting an overview of the many tools and their use and to choose the tools that correspond to the situation and the level of ambition of the project company.