Volunteers' presence does not negatively influence the access of local residents to resources

What does this mean?

  • This is related to point B2 above and so the business needs to ensure that volunteers also in no way negatively influence the local resident’s access to resources.
  • In this case resources could refer to water, energy, food, natural resources grown in the area, etc.
  • This should also be dealt with in the Code of Conduct.

What do I do?

  • As explained in B2, the business needs to first establish what the impact of its volunteer programme on the community could be.
  • In order to do this you need to consult with the local community to establish what they feel the negative impact could be on their access to resources.  Records need to be kept of these meetings.
  • Once the negative impacts have been identified an action plan is written on how to mitigate them and any action taken is also documented.