ISO 26000 CSR Guidelines

Improve and validate your Corporate Social Responsibility strategy

Improve and validate your Corporate Social Responsibility strategy

ISO 26000 provides you with a corporate social responsibility (CSR) blueprint

In 2005, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) first published its ISO 26000 guidelines on environmental, social and corporate governance. ISO 26000 aims to offer guidance and recommendations on how to improve CSR and how to build a socially responsible organisation. Companies need to focus on societal, environmental, legal, cultural, and organizational diversity while implementing ISO 26000 guideline. ISO 26000 is not a management system standard, but a social responsibility guideline for which TÜV SÜD can do assessments.

The core subjects addressed by ISO 26000 are as follows:

  1. Organizational governance
  2. Human rights
  3. Labour practices
  4. Environment
  5. Fair operating practices
  6. Consumer Issues
  7. Community Involvement and development


Why is ISO 26000 important?

ISO 26000 provides an internationally recognised and standardised way to measure your organisation's CSR. The importance of corporate social responsibility has never been more pronounced, and consumers expect the highest standards of companies.

ISO 26000 provides you with:

  • A number of internationally agreed upon expectations of what constitutes 'responsible behaviour'.
  • Principles and core subjects of social responsibility.
  • A way to integrate socially responsible behaviours into the strategies, systems, practices and processes of your organisation.

  • Elements which maximize the contribution towards sustainable development of your operations and further integrate sustainability issues in your daily activities.

  • Tools for social responsibility reporting.

  • A way to improve relations with customers, investors, the media and government agencies.


TÜV SÜD is a global expert in CSR standards

Increased importance of corporate social responsibility demands demonstrated social and governance performance by organisations against global frameworks like ISO 26000. The guideline is designed to be international, flexible and applicable to any organisation, anywhere. Consequently, the overall recommendations need to be translated as per your organisation's specific context and activities.

TÜV SÜD has wide ranging experience in the assessment of organisations against CSR frameworks like ISO 26000. Our experts work closely with you to see how ISO 26000 applies to your activities, supply chain and environment. Based on the suggested action points for your company, you can build a socially responsible business to fulfil stakeholder’s expectations.


TÜV SÜD's ISO 26000 CSR services

TÜV SÜD provides assessment services against the ISO 26000 social responsibility guideline.

When we work with you, you can expect:

  • Support from a team of qualified CSR experts.
  • We conduct workshops to understand your organisation, customers, activities and value chain.
  • We work with you to design an ad hoc assessment project according to the needs of your organisation.
  • We can support you with ongoing ISO 26000 assessments and annual check-ups.
  • We can also offer combined assessments of GRI with ISO 26000 and other international sustainability standards.


For more information about ISO 26000, or to find out more about our services, please contact us today.


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