Understanding ISO 26000. A Practical Approach to Social Responsibility
Edited by Adrian Henriques
There can be no doubt that great expectations are now being placed on all organizations to take responsibility for the impact of their decisions and activities. Transparency is called for, ethical behaviour is required as a minimum, and the consequences for failing to meet the demands of stakeholders are severe. But where do you start?
ISO 26000 takes the pioneering step of setting out an internationally agreed set of principles and guidelines for the social responsibility of all organizations, whether they be multinational companies, small businesses, charities, or governments. It is set to become the standard used by organizations around the globe as the foundation of their social responsibility practices.
With a Foreword from Kevin McKinley, Deputy Secretary-General of ISO, and a Preface from Jorge Cajazeira, the Chair of the Working Group that developed the standard, this book provides the background and some deeper insight into the interpretation and implications of ISO 26000, as well as into how it might be used.
Aimed at both specialists and non-experts alike, this definitive guide should be the first point of reference for all those working on responsibility issues within companies and other organizations as well as those working in the field of standardization and in academia.
With chapters from:
- Khawla Al-Muhannadi, Bahrain: Social responsibility and cultural difference
- Sandra Atler, Sweden: Human rights and social responsibility
- Aron Belinky, Brazil: ISO 26000 implementation – a Brazilian perspective
- Alan Fine, South Africa: International norms and stakeholder engagement
- Jonathon Hanks, South Africa: ISO 26000 and other standards – the relationship between ISO 26000, the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative
- Adrian Henriques, UK: Should we take responsibility for the environment – or for ourselves?
- Dwight W. Justice, Belgium: Labour practices
- Gwenann Manseau, USA: Trade implications of ISO 26000
- Martin Neureiter, Austria: Organizational governance
- Bart Slob, the Netherlands: A standard for companies or a standard for communities?
- Chen Wang, China: Standards and the state
- Miles Watkins, UK: Integrating social responsibility into a commercial organization
- Stepan Wood, Canada: The meaning of ‘sphere of influence’ in ISO 26000
- Lucy Yates, UK: Consumer issues