The future ISO 260000 standard
giving guidance on social responsibility has taken a
significant step forward with ISO deciding on the
structure and overall contents, as well as fixing a
target release date on last quarter 2008.
The ISO Working Group on Social
Responsibility laid the foundations of ISO 26000 at
its second meeting, 26-30 September 2005, in Bangkok,
Thailand. ISO 26000 will give organizations
harmonized, internationally agreed guidance for social
responsibility, drawing on best practice and
consistent with relevant declarations and conventions
by the United Nations and its constituents, notably
the International Labour Office (ILO). The standard
will not contain requirements allowing ISO 26000 to be
used for certification.