ISO 26000 (CSR Guidance)
What's New in ISO 26000 (CSR Guidance)?
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an issue that is working its way into many policy debates and corporate agendas. CSR is an evolution in the approach towards sustainable development: while the 1992 Rio Earth Summit focused on environmental management, the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) focused on a broader set of issues, including poverty reduction and social development.
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As part of its participation in the work of the SAG on CSR, IISD has committed itself to helping other organizations get involved and become aware of the implications of ISO work in this area. In turn, we have engaged in a partnership with leading NGOs from around the world. These organizations are:
* The International Institute for Environment and Development (U.K.);
* IUCN – The World Conservation Union (Switzerland);
* Development Alternatives (India);
* Recursos e Investigación para el Desarrollo Sustentable (Chile); and the
* African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (South Africa).
Through their collaboration, this wider group is providing advisory input to IISD while working to build understanding on key issues surrounding ISO's potential entry into CSR. A key objective is for each of the partners to begin to build a debate in their own countries and among their own constituencies on the pros and cons of engagement and the substantive content of any ISO CSR standard.
There is an urgent need to widen discussion and engagement around ISO's role in CSR. Each partner recognizes a need for ISO's engagement in the agenda to be conditional on progress in a number of key areas, including:
* equitable representation of civil society from the South and the North—to include voices of community-based organizations that are often excluded from the development of CSR standards;
* equitable and effective engagement of producers based in developing countries, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises that are so important in the economies of many low- and middle-income countries;
* that any standard should not discriminate against small producers, become a discriminatory barrier to market access or restrict innovation; and
* that a standard must be flexible in its ability to respond to the rapid pace of developments in the CSR agenda more broadly, without locking in a "status quo" that is likely to become quickly outmoded.
Together, and with the support Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs...