ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility

The international standard ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility is developed by the international standardization body ISO. Over 400 experts, representing different stakeholder groups, from 99 countries, participated in the process.

Furthermore, over 40 international organizations such as OECD, WHO, GRI and UN Global Compact, gave their views and contribution to the standard.


This International Standard provides guidance to all types of organizations, regardless of their size or location.

ISO 26000 assists an organization in addressing its social responsibilities.  ISO 26000 is an umbrella document. It is consistent, and not in conflict, with existing documents, treaties, conventions and other ISO standards.

The standard emphasizes performance results and improvements. It is intended to increase customer satisfaction and confidence.


ISO 26000 provides practical guidance related to:

  • Operating social responsibility
  • Identifying and engaging with stakeholders
  • Enhancing credibility of reports and claims made about SR


According to the standard an organization should address the following core subjects:

  • Organizational governance
  • Human Rights
  • The Environment
  • Fair operating practices
  • Consumer issues
  • Community involvement and development


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