ISO 26000:2010, Guidance for social responsibility

Organizations around the world, and their stakeholders, are becoming increasingly aware of the need for and benefits of socially responsible behaviour. The objective of social responsibility is to contribute to sustainable development. In the long run, all organizations' activities depend on the health of the world's ecosystems. Organizations are subject to greater scrutiny by their various stakeholders. 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.

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How Geopolitical Change Alters Social and Environmental Standards

By Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland (University of Applied Sciences, Konstanz )

With the design of the ISO 26000 norm, the ISO picked up suggestions proposed by their own consumer organizations pertaining to social responsibility in companies operating in global markets. In June 2002, the consumer policy committee met to discuss this subject. In the run-up to this meeting, a report entitled The Desirability and Feasibility of ISO CSR Standards was created. The first ISO meeting was held in 2004 in Sweden and determined that the standard would not be a corporate social responsibility (CSR) but an SR standard.  more[...]  login_required


The long history of cooperation between ISO and the UN

By Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze (United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG))

Interview with Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze. He was Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) from March 2002 until March 2011.  more[...]  login_required


The Power of Voluntarism

By Dr. Elmer Lenzen

In today’s corporate responsibility debate, so-called soft laws are omnipresent. They seem to be the best solution to combine a maximum of social responsibility with a minimum of public interference. Their rise is closely connected with the age of globalization.  more[...]  login_required





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