Launched in November 2010, ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on social responsibility has been adopted, or is planned for adoption, in at least 53 countries worldwide. In little more than a year, ISO 26000 has become one of the world's most important and widely accepted initiatives on social responsibility.
ISO 26000 provides guidance on social responsibility to both business and public sector organisations. The Standard:
- comprises seven principles: accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, respect for stakeholder interest, respect for the rule of law, respect for international norms of behaviour, and respect for human rights
- has seven core subjects: organisational governance, human rights, labour practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, and community involvement and development.
Read more about ISO 26000.
- Social responsibility – European Commission backs ISO 26000, Touchstone, December 2011
- Standard for social responsibility launched, Touchstone, November 2010
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