These standards discribes, governance, human rights, labor practices, environment, and ethical business practices, customers and local community development. determining the activity of the institution to do under each heading and describes the application process.
What is Social Responsibility?
Business and organizations do not operate in a laboratory environment. Organizational relationship to the society and environment in which they operate is a critical factor in their ability to continue to operate effectively. In most market, public relationship is major factor for marketing. Social Responsibility factor is also increasingly being used as a measure of organizational overall performance.
ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Management System standard provides guidance on how businesses and organizations can operate in a socially responsible way. In this framework, organization is acting in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to the health and welfare of society.
Social Responsibility Management System Principles
Standard has some principles. There are;
– Ethical behavior,
– Respect for stakeholder interests,
– Respect for the rule of law,
– Respect for international norms of behavior,
– Respect for human rights
ISO 26000 provides guidance for social responsibility. Social responsibility management system helps organization to clarify what social responsibility is. It also helps businesses and organizations translate principles into effective actions and shares best practices relating to social responsibility, globally. It is not limited to some sectors but aimed at all types and sizes of organizations regardless of their activity.
Social responsibility standard is designed to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development, encouraging them to go beyond basic legal compliance, and to promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility, complementing other instruments and initiatives for social responsibility.
The standard was launched between many different stakeholders across the world. Representatives from government, NGOs, industry, consumer groups and labor organizations around the world were involved in its development, which means it represents an international consensus.
An organization’s performance in relation to the society in which it operates and to its impact on the environment has become a critical part of measuring its overall performance and its ability to continue operating effectively.
This is, in part, a reflection of the growing recognition of the need to ensure healthy ecosystems, social equity and good organizational governance. In the long run, all organizations’ activities depend on the health of the world’s ecosystems.
Organizations are subject to greater scrutiny by their various stakeholders. The perception and reality of an organization’s performance on social responsibility can influence, among other things:
– its competitive advantage;
– its reputation;
– its ability to attract and retain workers or members, customers, clients or users;
– the maintenance of employees’ morale, commitment and productivity;
– the view of investors, owners, donors, sponsors and the financial community; and
– ts relationship with companies, governments, the media, suppliers, peers, customers and the community in which it operates