Title / definition
ISO 26000 – Social responsibility.


ISO 26000 is owned by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.ISO is a non-governmental organizationthat forms a bridge between the public and private sectors.


Source: ISO.org

Brief history and description
The need for ISO to work on an SR standard was first identified in 2001 by ISO/COPOLCO, Committee on consumer policy. In 2003, the multi-stakeholder ISO Ad Hoc Group on SR which had been set up by ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) completed an extensive overview of SR initiatives and issues worldwide. The International Organization for Certification (ISO) has made the following statement of how ISO 26000 relates to other existing work in this field:

“The guidance in ISO 26000 draws on best practice developed by existing public and private sector SR initiatives. It is consistent with and complements relevant declarations and conventions by the United Nations and its constituents, notably the International Labour Organization (ILO), with whom ISO has established a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure consistency with ILO labour standards. ISO has also signed MoUs with the United Nations Global Compact Office (UNGCO) and with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to enhance their cooperation on the development of ISO 26000.”


Source: ISO.org


When approaching and practicing social responsibility, the overarching goal for an organization is to maximize its contribution to sustainable development.

ISO 26000 contains voluntary guidance, not requirements, and therefore is not for use as a certification standard.


ISO 26000 addresses seven core subjects of social responsibility:

  1. Organizational Governance
  2. Human Rights
  3. Labor Practices
  4. The Environment
  5. Fair Operating Practices
  6. Consumer Issues
  7. Community Involvement and Development

Target Audience
Private and public sector organizations of all types, in developed as well as in developing countries.

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Official publisher
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Standards and all other related and supporting documentation can be purchased from the official ISO site.

Accreditations and qualifications
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issued an official statement that ISO 26000 is not intended or appropriate for certification.

 “ISO 26000 is not a management system standard. It is not intended or appropriate for certification purposes or regulatory or contractual use. Any offer to certify, or claims to be certified, to ISO 26000 would be a misrepresentation of the intent and purpose and a misuse of this International Standard. As ISO 26000 does not contain requirements, any such certification would not be a demonstration of conformity with this International Standard.”


source: iso.org



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