ISO 26000 - Social responsibility

Business and organizations do not operate in a vacuum. Their relationship to the society and environment in which they operate is a critical factor in their ability to continue to operate effectively. It is also increasingly being used as a measure of their overall performance.

ISO 26000 provides guidance on how businesses and organizations can operate in a socially responsible way. This means acting in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to the health and welfare of society.

Video: ISO and social responsibility
ISO and social responsibility

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ISO 26000:2010

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.

Cover page: Social responsibility - Discovering ISO 26000
Social responsibility - Discovering ISO 26000
This brochure gives a resume of the contents of ISO 26000 a basic understanding of the standard and what it can help organizations to achieve.

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. However, the leadership of the working group was retained to provide support and expertise for users. This is now called the Post Publication Organization, or PPO, for ISO 26000.

The ISO 26000 PPO has produced the following 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]
  • Those that link ISO 26000 with the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises and the UN Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals).​
  • Those for the Systematic Review of ISO 26000, due to begin 15 January 2017.

Contact ISO 26000 PPO

Tina Bohlin
Tina Bohlin
Secretary of ISO 26000 PPO
Swedish Standards Institute

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Publications

Cover page: ISO 26000 and OECD Guidelines - Practical overview of the linkages
ISO 26000 and OECD Guidelines - Practical overview of the linkages
A practical overview of how ISO 26000 can help organizations wishing to implement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (2011).
Cover page: ISO 26000 and SDGs
ISO 26000 and SDGs
Learn how ISO 26000 contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Cover page: Benefits in applying ISO 26000 - Selected case studies as a result of the SR MENA Project
Benefits in applying ISO 26000 - Selected case studies as a result of the SR MENA Project
Case studies from the ISO project to increase use and uptake of ISO 26000 in the SR MENA region.
Cover page: GRI G4 Guidelines and ISO 26000:2010
GRI G4 Guidelines and ISO 26000:2010
A guide on how to use the GRI G4 Guidelines and ISO 26000 in conjunction

Posters

Cover page: Social responsibility - 7 core subjects of ISO 26000
Social responsibility - 7 core subjects of ISO 26000
An A2 poster showing the seven core subjects of ISO 26000
Cover page: Social responsibility - Schematic overview of ISO 26000
Social responsibility - Schematic overview of ISO 26000
An A2 poster showing a schematic overview of ISO 26000

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