“There is no conflict between profit and social responsibility”
Peter Drucker, Wall Street Journal, 1975
The American Society for Quality defines ‘social responsibility’ as people and organizations behaving and conducting business ethically and with sensitivity towards social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. Striving for social responsibility helps individuals, organizations and governments have a positive impact on development, business and society.
Smart business decisions are not just a matter of counting short term dollars and cents. Wise decision-makers look at the future impact of today’s choices – on people, on the community and on the opinions of customers. While business results, investment, free enterprise and other traditional economic forces continue to drive U.S. industry, organizations’ reputations and their ability to compete effectively around the world depend on them integrating social responsibility efforts into business leader decision-making and enterprise performance.
The American Society for Quality was selected by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) the official United States member to ISO, to create and administer the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Social Responsibility.
ASQ’s initial role is to assemble a group of experts from a variety of industries to represent a balanced, cross section of stakeholders in developing this new standard.
Development of an SR standard serves to extend ASQ’s current involvement in standards activities which can be implemented across all sectors in all organizations. ASQ currently administers four TAG’s:
The following link provides an overview of ASQ’s role within the standards world – http://standardsgroup.asq.org/about/overview.html
The scope of the International Standard includes the following:
This Standard is not intended to reduce government’s authority to address the social responsibility of organizations.
The target publication date of the standard is the fourth quarter of 2010.
You are encouraged to join the U.S. TAG which is comprised of six interest categories including
The membership fee is $500.00. A member may be, for example, a company, an organization, a government agency or an even an individual representing themselves. Membership includes access to all TAG communication and requires active participation in the standards development activities related to the initiative. Members will be expected to attend a limited number of meetings throughout the year, review proposals and working documents, and respond to information or voting requests via e-mail.
ASQ’s need is immediate, so if you are interested in shaping the U.S. position of the standard or would like more information, please contact ASQ’s Standards Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.asq.org/social-responsibility.