In a corporate society, businesses are a very powerful component where every organization has a self-regulatory model incorporated into their business model. Business and organizations do not operate in a state of vacuity as their relationship to the society and environment in which they operate is a critical factor in their ability to continue to operate effectively. Nowadays, it is also increasingly being used as a measure of their overall performance.Almost every organization today, have understood the important of corporate social responsibility and are in a search to identify effective ways that assimilatesviable business practices into their core operations. Sustainable business for organizations means not only providing products and services that satisfy the customer and doing so without jeopardizing the environment. It is also about operating in a socially responsible manner.Businesses that neglect to incorporate socially responsible behavior into their strategies, systems and practices are likely to fall behind their competitors.
ISO 26000 provides guidance pertaining to concepts and core issues relating to Social Responsibility, ways to achieve Sustainable Development by engaging with all Stakeholders, and formulating and implementing Socially Responsible Policies and Practices throughout the organization.Social responsibility is an organization’s legal and voluntary duty to consider its social and environmental impact of its decisions and activities. A corporate responsibility strategy outlines the ways that an organization contributes to sustainable development, engages with its stakeholders and behaves ethically. The standard by all means, contains information and recommendations to assist companies in adopting socially responsible practices which enablestranslatingthe specified framework into daily practices through a set of policies and procedures with the aim of acting in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to the health and welfare of society.The ISO 26000 standard provides guidance on:
In brief, ISO 26000 is developed to help organizations effectively assess and address those social responsibilities that are relevant and significant to their mission and vision; operations and processes; customers, employees, communities, and other stakeholders; and environmental impact.
Social responsibility has become a major topic in the recent years, arising from mounting pressure from the public sphere and stakeholders at large. The need for credible business practices that demonstrates social responsibility, performance, as well as achieving outstanding results, is clearly required. The standard ISO 26000 sets the guidance to ensure for Health, Safety, Environmental, Ethical Trade Practices and Principles for the ultimate business objectives to achieve Sustainable Development. If you want existing and potential customers, stakeholders and employees to understand your organization’s activities and be able to benchmark its achievements, the ISO 26000 Standard guidance on social responsibility should be your guide which helps you operate in the socially responsible manner that society demands.
Adopting ISO 26000 guidance enables organisations to:
It offers best practices where organizations can adapt the guidelines to their own operation, supply chain and markets. The guideline goes far beyond corporate social responsibility (CSR) which is based on a holistic approach for assisting organizations in contributing to sustainable development.
ISO 26000, the internationally recognised standard for Social Responsibility is intended for use by organizations of all types, in both public, private and nonprofit sectors, whether large or small, in developed and developing countries, as well as in economies in transition. Its objective is to assist them in their efforts to operate in the socially responsible manner that society increasingly demands.Its objective towards every businesses and organizations is to translate principles into effective actions and shares best practices relating to social responsibility on a global scale. The scope of ISO 26000 towards any organization, regardless of their size or location is to:
One of the components that make ISO 26000 different from most of the standards under ISO is that it lays down guidance, not on requirements which has a number of benefits on an organization. With increasing customers, staff, stakeholders, investors, business partners, governments and communitiesdecision not to support companies that care little for the planet and the well-being of the people in it, the organization would certainly witness a fall. Another strength is that ISO 26000 is very compatible with other social responsibility initiatives and frameworks (Henriques, 2012). ISO 26000 is consistent with International Labour Organization standards, the Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to name a few.
International Organization for Standardization launched the first voluntary guidance on Corporate Social Responsibility that aims to actively promote credible reporting, company accountability and improve market performance. Some of the keys benefits offered by the ISO 26000 for an organisation are:
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TRAIBCERT’s experienced and highly-skilled auditors would listen to you and perform an initial assessment to understand audit issues and maximize your chances of being certified.The audit focuses mainly on the areas of the system that needs further improvements inline with the standard’s requirements, in order to achieve the business objectives. Once identifying and eradicating potential vulnerabilities in the management system, the actual audit in relation to the certification begins.
This phase is comprised of a stage 1 and stage 2 audit consists of detailed review where, TRAIBCERT’s auditors with expertise and vast knowledge on the industry sectors, assess your documentation, interviews your teams, analyzes your practices, your data against the requirements of the standard inview of fulfilling the requirements. We strive to reveal observations that can add value through reduced costs, increased efficiency, and decreased time to market.
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