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Vision & Purpose Consultation

The Social and Ethical Auditing Institute is being revitalized. We are the new members of SEAI and its future. Your participation in this discussion today will directly inform the new Board's planning for the Institute. By the end of 2003 the Board aims to have identified two or three flagship projects for 2004 as well as established a longer-term vision for the organization.

To provide inclusive and structured input the members meetings in Victoria, NSW and Queensland are asked to provide responses to the following four questions.

  1. What is the Institute's purpose?
    Objectives previously identified are presented below as a starting point for discussion:

    • Establish and promulgate a set of standards to be used by social and ethical auditors and by organisations engaging social and ethical auditors
    • Accredit and register social and ethical auditors
    • Provide public access to a register of accredited auditors
    • Provide public education on social and ethical accountability issues

  2. What are the measurable indicators that will deliver this purpose?
    What is important to deliver in terms of our purpose and how are we going to measure that we are delivering?

  3. What are the two or three key activities in 2004 that will deliver the objectives?
    The Questionnaire conducted in late 2002 during the process of revitalizing the Institute identified these as the potential primary functions of the body. They are presented below, in order, as a starting point for discussion:

    • Issue professional accreditation
    • Standards setting for Australian context
    • Promote the field of social auditing and contribute to public policy debate
    • Training, support and professional development
    • Debate and discussion forum, facilitate connecting others in the field, Australian reference point
    • Research

    Other functions cited included: act as a disciplinary board of review for accredited members; track international developments; accredit social auditing courses; authenticate the work of social auditors; referral body for those working in the field; verify auditor's statements; and be a conduit for thought leadership issues relevant to social auditing.

  4. What does the organization look like in three years?
    A realistic vision is needed that acknowledges the largely voluntary nature of the Institute's administrative resources for the first years. That considered how does our organization look, what is it saying, who is listening and other vision questions in three years time?