Five months after the publication of the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility (SR), the March 2011 issue of ISO Focus+ magazine looks at some of the most recent developments on the subject and provides some exclusive insights.  

More and more, an organization’s impact on society, the economy and the environment is becoming a critical element in the measurement of its overall performance. Both organizations and their stakeholders are seeing the benefits of socially responsible behaviour as a means of contributing to sustainable development.  

The March 2011 issue of ISO Focus+ looks at how ISO 26000 “tells social responsibility like it is”. Already organizations large and small in both developed and developing countries are implementing the standard, as can be seen from the case studies included in this issue’s Special Report.

Similarly, key players in the field of sustainability and SR, have, or are publishing, linking documents to align efforts (e.g. AccountaAbility, Global Reporting Initiative, UN Global Compact). The issue also features articles from the leadership and some of the stakeholder groups that participated in the development of ISO 26000.

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele comments, “Our television screens, blogs, tweets, mobile phones and newspapers amplify the same message. The world demands social responsibility. ISO 26000, the first internationally approved standard to provide guidance on social responsibility, is a global response to this global challenge.

“It is with great pride that I look ahead into the future, confident of the role that ISO 26000 will have in helping make this world a better place.“

The March issue of ISO Focus+ features an interview with Sergei A. Ordzhonikidze Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), who provides an update on the UN Millennium Development Goals and talks about the long history of cooperation with ISO. He says, “The value of collaboration between ISO and the UN is underwritten within the mandates of both organizations. Many of the values include knowledge sharing, coordination of activities, joint research and publication efforts, and ensuring effectiveness and efficiency as we respond to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable.”

Readers will also discover the winner of the social media (Facebook, Twitter) contest in which members of the general public were challenged to write an article on social responsibility and ISO 26000. To learn more on what the world has to say about ISO 26000, follow the hashtag #ISO26000 on Twitter.

ISO Focus+, March 2011

Social responsibility