ISO 2600, a voluntary international standard on social responsibility developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO), came into effect late last year. The IABC cafe2go has made a podcast available interviewing a contributor, IABC Social Responsibility Committee chairperson Michelle Bernhart.
With 99 countries and 42 liaison organisations involved in its development, ISO 2600 addresses 7 core subjects:
Organisational governance, human rights, labour practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, and community involvement and development.
The core principles of the guidelines are accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, respect for stakeholder interests, respect for the rule of law, respect for international norms of behaviour, and respect for human rights. The goal of any organisation practising these guidelines, says the ISO, would be “to maximise its contribution to sustainable development.”
In her interview, Michelle Bernhart stated that as many organisations will be using ISO 26000, it was incumbent upon IABC members to be familiar with what the guidelines are and how they are to be used.
More information on ISO 26000 can be found at the IABC social responsibility link and at the ISO homepage.