ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards

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ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards

iso 26000 graphic, community involvement, human rights, labor practices, environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, organizational governanceThe beginnings of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standards are chronicled in the briefing paper here.

From - 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 responsibility worldwide.

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

Clause title Clause number Description of clause contents
Scope Clause 1 Defines the scope of ISO 26000 and identifies certain limitations and exclusions.
Terms and definitions Clause 2 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 Clause 3 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 Clause 4 Introduces and explains the principles of social responsibility.
Recognizing social responsibility and engaging stakeholders Clause 5 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 subjects Clause 6 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 Clause 7 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 Annex A 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.
Abbreviated terms Annex B Contains abbreviated terms used in ISO 26000.
Bibliography Annex B Includes references to authoritative international instruments and ISO standards that are referenced in ISO 26000 as source material.

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