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ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Guidelines

Improve and validate your 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 organization. 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. Labor practices
  4. Environment
  5. Fair operating practices
  6. Consumer Issues
  7. Community Involvement and development

ISO 26000 provides an internationally recognized and standardized way to measure your organization'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 behavior'.
  • Principles and core subjects of social responsibility.
  • A way to integrate socially responsible behaviors into the strategies, systems, practices and processes of your organization.

  • 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 organizations against global frameworks like ISO 26000. The guideline is designed to be international, flexible and applicable to any organization, anywhere. Consequently, the overall recommendations need to be translated as per your organization's specific context and activities.

TÜV SÜD has wide ranging experience in the assessment of organizations 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 fulfill stakeholder’s expectations.

Our 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 organization, customers, activities and value chain.
  • We work with you to design an ad hoc assessment project according to the needs of your organization.
  • 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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