Ten years after the official launching of the United Nations Global Compact the ISO working group on Social Responsibility has wind up discussions on a new norm regarding social responsibility, ISO 26000 2010 that considerably deepens and complements the UN initiative.

The draft has been voted on and approved on 14 September, 2010; this is the first of a fourth generation ISO norms. While the first generation dealt with specifications on products, the second with rules for the production of these products and the third with the management systems of production, we are now dealing with guidelines rather than norms concerning attitudes of all social actors rather than solely business organisations.

Based on a consumer associations initiative launched ten years ago ISO 26000 is likely to be the most important social development of the current year at World level. This will be the first world level significant set of guidelines that will come out of a gathering of social stakeholders including political representatives at national and international level.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been around for some time, and a majority of the most well-known companies as well as a growing number of the “not so well-known” and “not so big” ones have developed CSR programmes. Both organisations with ongoing Social Responsibility (SR) policy, and those without, will have to pay attention to the coming challenge. A new holistic intuitive perception of the developing world social norms in many different domains as human rights or biodiversity, a sense of strategy to understand what as to be chosen as the leading flag of the organisation and a perception of the crucial emergent governance rules to face these challenges.

At Lessmeansmore– Land and Energy Sustainable Systems we have political experience in the critical domains of Social Responsibility and we think we can help organisations to establish and implement their SR strategy.

Our proposal to an organisation wishing to adapt or to start a social responsibility programme includes an assessment of (1) its present and potential level of social responsibility commitment, including management and stakeholders; (2) definition of a strategy, upgrading level, key areas of concern and best instruments; (3) implementation, from organisation of general training courses to specific ones, building a road map, monitoring its application and communication strategy.

We are available to have a first discussion and evaluation with you.

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