ISO 26000 „Guidance on social responsibility“

ISO published the third draft (WD3) of ISO 26000 “Guidance on social responsibility”. A joint position paper of the stakeholder groups consumer, labour and NGOs was developed in Austria, which heavily criticises the document. In particular, the lack of minimum requirements and the modest substance as well as the poor verifiability of the recommendations is deplored. Altogether the authors of the position paper conclude, that the draft standard is suitable for marketing purposes but is unlikely to stimulate socially responsible action. The comprehensive criticism is available here as PDF-file (ISO 26000.3 comments AT C-L-NGO, 320KB). The ISO documents are accessible under: iso.org/wgsr (here go to N numbered document list, WD3 = N113)