Our sustainability advisors know that Portland businesses take pride in supporting our local community and their employees, and that you’re hungry for more ways to contribute. Sustainability at Work invited Sam Wright with the International Living Future Institute to share information about the JUST label – an exciting new tool for internal evaluation and sharing achievements in social responsibility.
What is a socially responsible business?
Businesses and other organizations are uniquely positioned to influence and advance social justice within their communities, but it is difficult to develop and communicate a comprehensive social responsibility program. How should organizations define the scope of their engagement? What exactly does a socially just organization look like?
To help answer these questions, the International Living Future Institute has launched the JUST program, an innovative transparency platform for organizations to reveal their commitment to social justice in these six areas:
- Worker benefit
- Local benefit
Measure your impacts, and learn where to take action
JUST is a social justice evaluation tool and voluntary disclosure program for all types and sizes of organizations. It is not a verification or certification; rather, the program provides a detailed framework for organizations to evaluate themselves and inform the public of the results.
The six JUST categories are subdivided into twenty-two indicator metrics, each with their own simple yet specific and measurable actions. Organizations can earn up to three stars for each metric. Scores for each indicator are summarized elegantly on a label, which is publicized through the JUST online database.
How to get started
There is no minimum threshold for participation. All that is required is that participating organizations have employees. Engaging is easy; the JUST site provides a simple webform for organizations to enter all required information and upload documentation in one place.
In the spirit of equity and inclusion, it’s free to register for JUST. To support the program, we request an optional tax-deductible donation when your label is published.
As you engage with the program, know that you aren’t alone. Responsive staff members of the International Living Future Institute are waiting to help you move beyond business as usual: join JUST today, and make social justice your business.