ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility
ISO 26000: 2010 is the first guideline on social responsibility from the International Standards Organization (ISO), launched in November 2010. ISO 26000:2010 is set to become the new global benchmark for corporate social responsibility. All types of organizations irrespective of their size or sector can use ISO 26000:2010 guidance standard to develop their approach to corporate social responsibility.

Companies that are serious about sustainability have already started aligning their sustainability policies, strategies, and initiatives with ISO 26000:2010.

ISO 26000:2010 provides a practical framework for formulating and implementing effective corporate social responsibility policies that address social, environmental and governance issues. Companies can use the framework to identify material issues, engage with stakeholders and boost credibility of their sustainability reports.
ISO 26000:2010 advocates the following principles of social responsibility:
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Respect for stakeholder interests
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Respect for international norms of behaviour
  • Respect for human rights
ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance on the following social responsibility
core subjects:
  • Organizational governance
  • Human rights
  • Labour practices
  • The environment
  • Fair operating practices
  • Consumer issues
  • Community involvement and development
How can CSRWorks help?
We can assist you in aligning your CSR policies, programs and practices with ISO 26000 Guidance Standards. We do so by evaluating your organization's existing sustainability performance against ISO 26000 Guidance to identify gaps and potential areas for improvement. We then assist you in developing and implementing solutions to integrate ISO 26000 guidance standards into your overall sustainability strategy.

Our services include advising you on how to align your Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Reports with ISO 26000. When used together, ISO Guidance and GRI Framework can significantly enhance the depth and credibility of your sustainability reports. We also provide ISO 26000 training.
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