Does your business STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
Stand out from the crowd

How do you achieve and maintain

Demonstrating that your business is a RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS is an essential element of standing out from the crowd and maintaining competitive advantage.

THE RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS STANDARD has been developed by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB) specifically for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

The full requirements of the Responsible Business Standard are detailed in the Responsible Business Workbook.

Because The Standard is for SMEs it has also been designed to be affordable, attainable and of value both internally and externally.


  • Internally it will become a driver for best practice helping to attract, retain and motivate employees; reduce overheads; and increase operating efficiency.

  • Externally it will increase the reputation of the company by demonstrating to all stakeholders that the company is transparent, ethical and considerate of their responsibility to society.

  • Throughout the supply chain questions are increasingly being asked relating to social and environmental practices. If a business cannot satisfy those questions they will not gain / maintain contracts.

  • In the procurement process businesses need to satisfy specific criteria. Much of this is covered in The Standard. A tender application to any organisation but particularly at local authority level is more likely to be successful if the company has third party certification to demonstrate they have met the required criteria.

  • The Standard is an indication that the business is playing a pro-active role in combating the challenges society currently faces – something all business owners should be very proud of!

The Standard is available at three levels: bronze, silver and gold. To achieve The Standard at any level a certified ORB Auditor will attend the business premises and conduct an audit. Audit fees are designed to be affordable for even the smallest business.

The Standard covers a wide remit covering the social and environmental agenda, but essentially this is embraced in best practice, systems and continual development.

It is, of course, essential that businesses meet legislative requirements but ticking the compliance boxes alone is insufficient

To attain The Responsible Business Standard you will need to evidence that your business:

“Operates efficiently and ethically; meets and exceeds legislation; and always considers its impact on people (the workforce, the community and society at large) and the environment.”


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