Social responsibility

ISO 26000 helps organizations effectively assess and address social responsibilities that are relevant and significant to their mission and vision; operations and processes; customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders; and environmental impact.


The ISO 26000 standard provides guidance on

  • Recognizing social responsibility and engaging stakeholders
  • Ways to integrate socially responsible behavior into the organization

The seven core subjects and issues pertaining to social responsibility are:

  • Organizational governance
  • Human rights
  • Labor practice
  • The environment
  • Fair operating practices
  • Consumer issues
  • Community involvement and development

The seven key underlying principles of social responsibility are:

  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Ethical behavior
  • Respect for stakeholder interests
  • Respect for the rule of law
  • Respect for international norms of behavior
  • Respect for human rights