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.
ISO 26000 is the international standard developed to help organizations effectively assess and address those social responsibilities that are relevant and significant to their mission and vision; operations and processes; customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders; and environmental impact.
Benefits of ISO 26000
- Assist organizations in addressing their social responsibilities while respecting cultural, societal, environmental, and legal differences and economic development conditions
- Practical guidance related to making social responsibility operational
- Emphasized performance results and improvement
- Increased confidence and satisfaction in organizations among customers and other stakeholders
- Consistency with existing documents, international treaties and conventions, and existing ISO standards
- Common terminology in the social responsibility field
Principles of ISO 26000
- Ethical behavior
- Respect for stakeholder interests (stakeholders are individuals or groups who are affected by, or have the ability to impact, the organization's actions)
- Respect for the rule of law
- Respect for international norms of behavior
- Respect for human rights
- Organizational governance
- Human rights
- Labor practices
- Fair operating practices
- Consumer issues
- Community involvement and development