ISO 26000

ISO 26000:2010

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.

ISO 26000 provides guidance for all types of organization, regardless of their size or location, on:

1. Concepts, terms and definitions related to social responsibility 
2. Background, trends and characteristics of social responsibility 
3. Principles and practices relating to social responsibility 
4. Core subjects and issues of social responsibility 
5. Integrating, implementing and promoting socially responsible behaviour throughout the organization and, through its policies and practices, within its sphere of influence 
6. Identifying and engaging with stakeholders
7. Communicating commitments, performance and other information related to social responsibility.

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

1 > Forum discussion on ISO 26000:2010

2>  ISO 26000: Social Responsibility

3> Discovering ISO 26000

4>Multimedia press release for ISO 26000 launch