A Non-Profit Organisation: having that edge
FORTES’ mission has always focused on the social, cultural and economic integration of individuals and over the years it has strengthened its commitment to achieving its founding values through concrete operational systems.
This path led FORTES to be recognised as a Non-profit Organisation (Impresa Sociale) at the beginning of 2013, a significant qualification and legal status for organisations which, even if they are private and guided by entrepreneurial criteria, have an evident social purpose and as a result produce direct benefits for an entire community and disadvantaged subjects.
Consistent with this, FORTES at the same time draws its inspiration from the European principles of Corporate Social Responsibility, which are evident in its code of ethics, and in 2013 it published its first Report of Corporate Social Responsibility (the former ISO 26000 Protocol).
What is CSR? The Corporate Social Responsibility is the voluntary implementation, by enterprises, of social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their relations with stakeholders – Green Paper, 2001
The ISO 26000. It defines the Guidelines of Corporate Social Responsibility, whose intent is to “help organizations to contribute to sustainable development, to encourage them to act beyond the mere compliance with laws, to promote a common understanding in the field of social responsibility and to integrate other tools and initiatives which aim to corporate social responsibility, but do not mean to act as a substitute for them”.
What is the Code of Ethics? It is often referred to as the “Constitution of the enterprise”: in fact, it outlines all our rights and moral duties, and it is defined as the ethical and social responsibilities of each member of the company. The Code of Ethics is therefore the most effective way to carry out preventive work against unlawful or irresponsible behavior from a person (might it be a partner, employee, or contractor) acting on behalf of the Company.
What we want to share? A. Rules (laws and regulations) B. Values (intergenerational solidarity, gender equality, etc.) C. Styles (promotion of teamwork, transparent behaviour, etc..) D. Visions (believe in a fair distribution of wealth, etc.)
What are our benchmarks? A. Accountability to account for the impact of our activities on society, environment, economy B. Creation of collaborative networks and attention to stakeholder expectations C. Initiative for innovation processes and services offered D. Teamwork and autonomy in the daily office E. Long life learning for people F. Compliance with laws and rules of honesty, fairness, integrity G. Commitment to the principles of equal opportunity H. Commitment to the Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work I. Environmental protection and social commitment J. Resources used by FORTES