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ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards
beginnings of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards are
chronicled in the
briefing paper here.
From ISO.org - The International Standard ISO 26000: 2010,
Guidance on social responsibility, provides harmonized,
globally relevant guidance for private and public sector
organizations of all types based on international consensus
among expert representatives of the main stakeholder groups, and
so encourage the implementation of best practice in social
The areas of focus include community involvement and
development, human rights, labor practices, the environment,
fair operating practices and consumer issues. The story is that
representatives from 90 countries spent a decade to construct
these standards. Imagine what could be done if these were shared
and woven into the corporate fabric today. This is how grass
roots efforts make a difference in the world.
Companies and organizations aren't evil or malevolent in
their practices intentionally. Oftentimes the rush to get to
market or seize market share for stakeholder benefits overrides
the common sense of the people. Paychecks and bonuses do a lot
to affect the decision-making process of employees who feel they
need to follow the pack or risk the security of their job. Now
there is another possibility for those who've felt disempowered
by the authority-driven corporate structures.
Outline of ISO26000
Description of clause contents
Defines the scope of ISO 26000 and identifies certain
limitations and exclusions.
Terms and definitions
Identifies and provides the definition of key terms that are
of fundamental importance for understanding social
responsibility and for using ISO 26000.
Understanding social responsibility
Describes the important factors and conditions that have
influenced the development of social responsibility and that
continue to affect its nature and practice. It also describes
the concept of social responsibility itself – what it means and
how it applies to organizations.
The clause includes guidance for small and medium-sized
organizations on the use of ISO 26000.
Principles of social responsibility
Introduces and explains the principles of social
Recognizing social responsibility and
Addresses two practices of social responsibility: an
organization's recognition of its social responsibility, and its
identification of and engagement with its stakeholders. It
provides guidance on the relationship between an organization,
its stakeholders and society, on recognizing the core subjects
and issues of social responsibility and on an organization's
sphere of influence.
Guidance on social responsibility core
Explains the core subjects and associated issues relating to
social responsibility. For each core subject, information has
been provided on its scope, its relationship to social
responsibility, related principles and considerations, and
related actions and expectations.
Guidance on integrating social
responsibility throughout an organization
Provides guidance on putting social responsibility into
practice in an organization. This includes guidance related to:
understanding the social responsibility of an organization,
integrating social responsibility throughout an organization,
communication related to social responsibility, improving the
credibility of an organization regarding social responsibility,
reviewing progress and improving performance and evaluating
voluntary initiatives for social responsibility.
Examples of voluntary initiatives and
tools for social responsibility
Presents a non-exhaustive list of voluntary initiatives and
tools related to social responsibility that address aspects of
one or more core subjects or the integration of social
responsibility throughout an organization.
Contains abbreviated terms used in ISO 26000.
Includes references to authoritative international
instruments and ISO standards that are referenced in ISO 26000
as source material.
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