The ISO 26000 series represents a unique top-down protocol in corporate social responsibility standards, created by the International Organization for Standardization to implement consensus on sustainable management standards across borders and to provide practical implementation of the ISO 19011 series, the ISO 14000 series, and the GRI standards. It is a voluntary guidance standard adopted locally and nationally by various countries since 2010.
The series demonstrates how to apply the 7 core principles of socially responsible behavior: accountability, transparency, ethical behavior, respect for stakeholders’ interests, respect for the rule of law, respect for international norms of behavior, and respect for human rights. The ISO 26000 series implements sustainable management practices for all stakeholders: media, regulators, suppliers, clients, investors, NGOs, local community development organizations and others.
International Standards for Business, Government and Society. ISO 26000 – SR – Resources. Retrieved September 8, 2011 from http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/management_and_leadership_standards/ social_responsibility/sr_resources.htm
Global Reporting Initiative. Research and Development Publications, Tools. Retrieved September 8, 2011 from http://www.globalreporting.org/LearningAndSupport/GRIPublications/Research Publications/
TriplePundit. ISO 26000 and the Definition of Social Responsibility. Retrieved September 8, 2011 from http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/03/iso-26000-definition-social-responsibility/