Making Social Responsibility the Standard

Abstract:In 2003 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) responded to pressure from large multinational enterprises by forming an advisory group to consider the need for a corporate social responsibility (CSR) standard. The result is ISO 26000: Guidance on Social Responsibility. Although the standard does not have requirements and will not be a certification standard, its scope has been expanded from CSR to social responsibility, thus applying to all organizations, not just corporations. The proposed standard has been met with a mixture of enthusiasm and reluctance from stakeholders representing various interests. For ISO 26000 to succeed, it must provide the same level of value offered by ISO 14000 and …

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