For businesses and organizations committed to operating in a socially responsible way, there’s ISO 26000.
It provides guidance to those who recognize that respect for society and environment is a critical success factor. As well as being the “right thing” to do, application of ISO 26000 is increasingly viewed as a way of assessing an organization’s commitment to sustainability and its overall performance.
When it comes to social responsibility, confidence has a nickname that’s recognized worldwide. Now you know it too: it’s ISO.
ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance rather than requirements, so it cannot be certified to unlike some other well-known ISO standards. Instead, it helps clarify what social responsibility is, helps businesses and organizations translate principles into effective actions and shares best practices relating to social responsibility, globally. It is aimed at all types of organizations regardless of their activity, size or location.
The standard was launched in 2010 following five years of negotiations between many different stakeholders across the world. Representatives from government, NGOs, industry, consumer groups and labour organizations around the world were involved in its development, which means it represents an international consensus.
Support for implementing ISO 26000
ISO 26000 was developed by a working group of about 500 experts. At the publication of this standard, the working group was disbanded.
Document(s) to support the implementation of ISO 26000:
- Communication Protocol – Describes appropriate wordings organizations can use to communicate about their use of ISO 26000
- ISO 26000 basic training materials in the form of a PowerPoint and training protocol guidance [PDF]
- Documents that link ISO 26000 with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the United Nations 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Goals)
Case studies from the ISO project to increase use and uptake of ISO 26000 in the SR MENA region.
A guide on how to use the GRI G4 Guidelines and ISO 26000 in conjunction