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ISO 26000

WHAT IS ISO 26000?

ISO 26000 is an international guideline for the implementation of CSR in an organization.It gives businesses a normative framework to determine their own social responsibilities and gives advice on the structural introduction of CSR.

Who is it for?

ISO 26000 provides broad guidance, but does not offer specific instructions or require specific outcomes. Businesses that implement ISO 26000 have opportunities to identify and act on their own priorities, and to build stronger business models in the spirit of “continuous improvement.” Implementers of ISO 26000 will develop their unique corporate social responsibility programs and become models for others.

Opportunities that ISO 26000 provides for its implementers

By adopting ISO 26000 into your core business model, you can;

● Identify paths to innovation - You may identify new products, services or manufacturing processes

● Reduce long-term risks - You may generate more effective promotion and marketing plans, focusing on the value-added social responsibility components of your business

● Increase your competitiveness - By reporting on your current situation in each of the core subject areas, you can earn trust and establish yourself as a business which is committed to social responsibility

How does ISO 26000 encourage sustainable development?

ISO 26000 provides information and decision-making tools for businesses to identify ways they can improve their impacts on the people and places they work and live in, and thereby become more valuable and valued members of society.

Core Subjects

ISO 26000 identifies seven core subjects that socially responsible businesses should address. Implementers of ISO 26000 should evaluate their actions in each of the core subjects, to identify what they are doing in their current practices, and to set priorities for improvements.

● Organizational governance – practicing accountability and transparency at all levels of your organization; using leadership to create an organizational culture which uses core values of social responsibility when making business decisions

● Human rights – treating all individuals with respect; making special efforts to help people from vulnerable groups

● Labor practices – providing just, safe and healthy conditions for workers; engaging in two-way discussions to address workers’ concerns

● Environment– identifying and improving environmental impacts of your operations, including resource use and waste disposal

● Fair operating practices – respecting the law; practicing accountability and fairness in your dealings with other businesses, including your suppliers

● Consumer issues – providing healthy and safe products, giving accurate information, and promoting sustainable consumption

● Community involvement and development – getting involved in the betterment of the local communities that your organization operates in; being a good neighbor

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