BS ISO 26000 Guidance on social responsibility

BS ISO 26000:2010

Guidance on social responsibility

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : November 2010



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BS ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on social responsibility

What is it?

BS ISO 26000:2010 outlines international recommendations for social responsibility. It covers organisational governance, human rights, working practices, environmental policies, sustainable development and community involvement. BS ISO 26000:2010 provides a framework for companies to build a robust and long-term corporate responsibility strategy – helping you gain competitive advantage and giving stakeholders greater confidence in the integrity the business. Social responsibility is a critical part of measuring business performance and in all industries, and BS ISO 26000:2010 can be adapted to different legal, cultural, political and sector environments.

How does it work?

BS ISO 26000:2010 highlights the importance of social responsibility across all sectors. These international recommendations help you improve industry reputation with a sustainable corporate responsibility strategy. And BS ISO26000:2010 enables you to attract and retain employees and customers through greater morale and confidence. The standard outlines ways to improve relationships with other organisations and communities as well as governments and the media. BS ISO 26000:2010 also provides guidance on identifying and addressing social issues specific to your business, sector and location.

Who should buy it?

  • All organisations with a social responsibility strategy
  • All organisations that want to implement a social responsibility strategy.

Contents of BS ISO 26000 include:

  • Scope
  • Terms and definitions
  • Understanding social responsibility
  • The social responsibility of organizations: Historical background
  • Recent trends in social responsibility
  • Characteristics of social responsibility
  • The state and social responsibility
  • Principles of social responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Ethical behaviour4.5 Respect for stakeholder interests
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Respect for international norms of behaviour
  • Respect for human rights
  • Recognizing social responsibility and engaging stakeholders
  • Recognizing social responsibility
  • Stakeholder identification and engagement
  • Guidance on social responsibility core subjects
  • Organizational governance
  • Human rights
  • Labour practices
  • The environment
  • Fair operating practices
  • Consumer issues
  • Community involvement and development
  • Guidance on integrating social responsibility throughout an organization
  • The relationship of an organization's characteristics to social responsibility
  • Understanding the social responsibility of an organization
  • Practices for integrating social responsibility throughout an organization
  • Communication on social responsibility
  • Enhancing credibility regarding social responsibility
  • Reviewing and improving an organization's actions and practices related to social responsibility
  • Voluntary initiatives for social responsibility
  • Examples of voluntary initiatives and tools for social responsibility
  • Abbreviated terms
  • Bibliography

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Standard NumberBS ISO 26000:2010
TitleGuidance on social responsibility
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date30 November 2010
Confirm Date15 September 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 14004, ISO 14067-1, ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004, ISO 10002, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 14063, ISO/IEC Guide 71:2001, ISO 14031, ISO Guide 64, ISO 10001, ISO 14050, ISO 9004, ISO 14069, ISO 14066, ISO 14065, ISO 14006, ISO 14051, ISO 14015, ISO 14025, ISO/TR 14049, ISO/TR 14047, ISO/TR 14062, ISO 14005, ISO 10993-2:2006, A/HRC/8/16, ISO/TS 14048, ISO 14067-2, ISO 14064-1:2018, BS EN ISO 14064-1:2019, ISO 22000:2018, ISO 14064-2:2019, BS EN ISO 14064-2:2019, ISO 14063:2020, ISO 19011:2018, BS EN ISO 14063:2020, BS EN ISO 22000:2018, BS EN ISO 19011:2018, ISO 14045, ISO 14021, ISO 14040, ISO 14024, ISO 9001, A/HRC/8/5, ISO 14044, ISO 14001, ISO 9000, ISO 10003, ISO 14020
International RelationshipsISO 26000:2010
Draft Superseded By09/30140724 DC
DescriptorsCommerce, Organizations, Sustainable development, Pollution, Environmental engineering, Social responsibility, Economic development, Consumers, Safety, People, Conditions of employment, Management, Enterprises, Consumer-supplier relations, Employment
Title in FrenchLignes directrices relatives à la responsabilité sociétale
Title in GermanLeitfaden gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung
ISBN978 0 580 55980 8
File Size2.096 MB

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