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1 © CSR Asia 2010 ISO 26000 Richard Welford CSR Asia

2 ISO26000: Now we know what CSR is not It is not about: 1.Giving away money 2.Planting a few trees 3.PR photo opportunities 4.Feeling good and being a “caring company”

3 Seven principles of Social responsibility Accountability Transparency Ethical behaviour Respect for stakeholder interests Respect for the rule of law Respect for international norms of behaviour Respect for human rights Recognizing social responsibility Seven core subjects Organizational governance Human rights Labour practices The environment Fair operating practices Consumer issues Community Involvement & development Related actions and expectations (issues) Relationship of the organization’s characteristics to social responsibility Understanding the social responsibility of the organization Voluntary initiatives on social responsibility Communication on social responsibility Reviewing and improving the organisation’s actions and practices related to social responsibility Enhancing credibility regarding social responsibility Stakeholder identification and engagement Practices for integrating social responsibility throughout the organization Integrating social responsibility into the organization

4 Principles: Accountability Accountability for its impacts on society and the environment The organization should accept and encourage scrutiny Accountability imposes an obligation to be answerable to stakeholders An organization should account for: –the results of its decisions and activities, including significant consequences, even if they were unintended or unforeseen; and –the significant impacts of its decisions and actions on society and the environment

5 Principles: Transparency An organisation should be transparent in its decisions and activities that impact on society and the environment Clear, accurate and complete disclosure of policies, decision-making and activities The organization should be transparent with respect to: –the purpose, nature and location of its activities –the manner in which decisions are made, implemented and reviewed –the impacts of its activities on society and the environment

6 Principles: Ethical behaviour An organization should behave ethically at all times based on principles of honesty, equity and integrity The organization should promote ethical conduct by: –developing governance structures that promote ethical conduct –identifying, adopting and applying its own standards of ethical behaviour –encouraging and promoting good standards of ethical behaviour –establishing oversight mechanisms –establishing mechanisms for reporting of violations

7 Principles: Respect for stakeholder interests An organization should respect, consider and respond to the interests of its stakeholders The organization should: –Identify its stakeholders –Respond to the needs of its stakeholders –Recognize the legal rights and legitimate interests of stakeholders –Consider the views of stakeholders that may be affected by a decision even if they have no formal role in the governance of the organization

8 Principles: Respect for the rule of law An organization should accept that respect for the rule of law is mandatory The organization should: –comply with legal and regulatory requirements –ensure that is relationships and activities fall within the intended and relevant legal framework –remain informed of legal obligations –periodically review compliance

9 Principles: Respect for international norms of behaviour In countries where national law or its implementation does not provide for minimum environmental or social safeguards, an organization should strive to respect international norms of behaviour In situations of conflict with international norms of behaviour, and where not following these norms would have significant consequences, an organization should, as feasible and appropriate, review the nature of its activities and relationships within that jurisdiction

10 Principles: Respect for human rights An organization should respect human rights and recognize their importance and their universality

11 Recognizing core subjects Organizational governance Human rights Labour practices Fair operating practices Consumer issues The environment Community involvement and development Materiality: Identification of relevant issues Assess significance of impacts Consider impacts on stakeholders Consider ‘sphere of influence’

12 Not included Communicate focus: Including performance indicators and measurement Impact clarified in communications Policy clarified in communications Relevance/importance to business Importance to stakeholder Materiality Matrix Crucial Little importance Crucial

13 Consider your ‘sphere of influence’ Core business activities Supply chains Community interaction Public policy & advocacy

14 Communication on social responsibility Characteristics of information relating to social responsibility Understandable Responsive Accurate Balanced Timely Available Demonstrate accountability and transparency Disclosure of information relating to corporate responsibility Demonstrating how the organization meets it commitments Raising awareness inside and outside the organization Providing information about the impacts of the organization’s operations Helping to engage and create dialogue with stakeholders Facilitating benchmarking among peer organizations Enhancing the organization’s reputation The role of communications in social responsibility

15 Questions for the future What is the implication of ISO26000 for CSR? ISO26000 represents the next CSR “revolution” How can ISO26000 guide CSR programmes? Emphasis on transparency, accountability and disclosure. What is the best way to communicate our social responsibility efforts?

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