Social Responsibility

Two brochures and two posters have been published by ISO as free aids to understand and use ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on Social Responsibility.

The brochures are:

  • ISO 26000 Project Overview. This brochure provides answers to questions such as: How did the project come about? How does ISO 26000 relate to existing work on social responsibility? Who developed ISO 26000?
  • Discovering ISO 26000. This brochure is a summary of the contents of ISO 26000, providing a basic understanding of the standard and what it can help organizations to achieve.

The posters are:

  • Social Responsibility: 7 Core Subjects. This poster depicts the seven core subjects of social responsibility addressed by ISO 26000 (organizational governance, human rights, labor practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, and community involvement and development).
  • Schematic overview of ISO 26000. This poster consists of a graphic providing a schematic overview of ISO 26000 and is intended to assist organizations in understanding relationships between the various clauses of the standard.

The brochures and posters can be downloaded for free as PDF files.

ISO 26000 is intended to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development. It is meant to encourage organizations to go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with law is a fundamental duty of any organization and an essential part of their social responsibility.

ISO 26000 is intended to promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility, and to complement other instruments and initiatives for social responsibility, not to replace them.

For more information on ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on Social Responsibility, see this article in my November 2010 newsletter.