In its seven years of existence, ISO 26000 has become one of the key references for implementing social responsibility practices in any organization.
It has been adopted nationally in 80 countries across more than 20 languages and was one of the sets of guidelines upon which the European Commission built its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy.
Business and organizations do not operate in a vacuum.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.
ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on Social Responsibility, provides guidance on how businesses and organizations can operate in a socially responsible way.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.