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ISO 26000 is a social responsibility standard that provides guidance for organizations on how to operate in a socially responsible manner. The standard is not intended for certification, but rather as a tool to help organizations improve their social responsibility practices and communicate their efforts to stakeholders.


ISO 26000 can be applied to any organization, regardless of sector or size. However, some sectors that may benefit from its implementation include:

  1. Corporate organizations – ISO 26000 can help corporations develop and implement socially responsible practices related to human rights, labor practices, the environment, fair operating practices, consumer issues, and community involvement.
  2. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – NGOs often work on social and environmental issues and can benefit from using ISO 26000 to develop and communicate their social responsibility practices.
  3. Government organizations – ISO 26000 can help government organizations improve their social responsibility practices, particularly with respect to human rights, fair operating practices, and community involvement.
  4. Supply chain management – ISO 26000 can be used to develop socially responsible practices for supply chain management, including issues related to labor practices, human rights, and the environment.
  5. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – SMEs may face unique challenges in implementing socially responsible practices due to limited resources, but ISO 26000 provides guidance that can help them improve their practices in a cost-effective manner.
  6. Overall, any organization that wants to operate in a socially responsible manner can benefit from the guidance provided by ISO 26000. By implementing socially responsible practices, organizations can improve their reputation, build trust with stakeholders, and contribute to sustainable development.