Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

In the course of the debates concerning ISO 26000 an alliance of the stakeholder groups consumers, labour and NGOs has been formed in Austria. These groups have strongly rejected the ISO standard as a feeble “vendor’s tray of options”. The recommendations of the standard (there are no requirements) are at the lowest level and constitute in fact a step backwards compared to existing legal provisions in europe. The Austrian rule ONR 192500 based thereupon has little more to offer as regards content.

In the period March 2011 to April 2015 the head of the department Consumer Council was chairman of the Network Social Responsibility (Netzwerk Soziale Verantwortung, NeSoVe) in the period March 2011 to April 2015, an alliance of civil society and trade union organisations which has a rather critical stance to CSR. Among other he has initiated a price for the most irresponsible organisation (person, institution, enterprise) of the year — the “eyesore” (“Der schandfleck”). it was awarded for the first time in February 2013. www.schandfleck.or.at.