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What is the Impact Sourcing Standard?

The Impact Sourcing Standard is the first globally recognized standard for the business practice of Impact Sourcing. The standard defines the minimum requirements and voluntary best practices for providers of business products and services to demonstrate their commitment to inclusive employment.

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How Does it Work?

In order to conform to the Impact Sourcing Standard businesses need to meet requirements in five sections, covering the entire employee life cycle.

Each requirement includes a business policy, practice, or management system that Impact Sourcing providers must meet in order to ensure that people who are long-term unemployed or living under the national poverty line enjoy equal opportunities to enter the workforce and advance in their careers.

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Tools to Support Adoption

The Self-Assessment Tool is designed for Impact Sourcing service providers and assesses whether the company conforms to the requirements of the Impact Sourcing Standard. It is similar to an internal audit for a business.

The Reporting Template allows service providers that conform to the Impact Sourcing Standard to calculate and measure the number of Impact Workers in their organization.

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The Impact Sourcing Standard helps buyer companies incorporate Impact Sourcing into sourcing policies for suppliers and evaluate suppliers based on conformance with the Standard

  1. Establish Business Practice
  2. Communicate Consistently
  3. Evaluate Service Providers
  4. Increase Adoption
  5. Improve Lives

The Impact Sourcing Standard helps supplier companies offer Impact Sourcing as a service to buyers and provide assurance of quality Impact Sourcing in line with the Standard