New Standard on Social Responsibility Launched

The International Organization for Standardization launched on November 1, 2010 the new ISO standard on social responsibility--ISO SR26000. The SR 26000 is a voluntary guidance standard focussed on seven principles of social responsibility (accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, stakeholder interests, rule of law, international norms of behaviour, and human rights) applied to seven core subject areas (organizational governance, human rights, labour practices, environment, fair operating practices, consumers, community involvement and development). The Standard targets small and large organizations, profit and non-profit, in developing and developed countries. Although the Standard is not meant for certification, the Government of Canada strongly encourages Canadian companies and other organizations to align their operations and practices with the guidance provided in it.

For more information on the standard, please visit ISO site.