The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new work item proposal for the development of new standards on Social Responsibility. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
SIS, the ISO member body for Sweden, is proposing the development of a new ISO Technical Committee on Social Responsibility. If a new committee is approved, SIS is proposing that the following three areas be discussed as a preliminary list of standards to be developed:
- New Work Item Proposal: Self-declaration of Social Responsibility – Guidance
- New Work Item Proposal: Social Responsibility for SMEs and SMOs – Guidance
- New Work Item Proposal: Social Responsibility Audits – Guidance
SIS has identified six standards and guides that currently exist that relate to the work of Social Responsibility:
- ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility
- IWA 26:2017 Using ISO 26000 guidance on social responsibility in ISO Management systems
- ISO 20400:2017 Sustainable Procurement – Guidance (AFNOR/ABNT)
- ISO 20121:2012 Event sustainability management system (BSI)
- ISO Guide 82:2014 Guidelines for integrating sustainability in standards
- ISO Guide 71:2014 Guide for addressing accessibility in standards
The new ISO Technical Committee on Social Responsibility proposed by SIS would continue to build on the success of ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility, a standard that has been adopted as national standard in more than 80 of the ISO member countries. Social responsibility is defined in ISO 26000 as being the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that:
- contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society;
- takes into account the expectations of stakeholders;
- is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour; and
- is integrated throughout the organization and practised in its relationships.
Scope of proposed technical activity
This standardization project proposes to develop standardization in the field of social responsibility as defined in ISO 26000.
Statement from proposer regarding new and existing work
The following three core subjects are excluded from the proposed TC SR:
- Organizational governance (part of ISO/TC 309 Governance of organizations)
- Labour Practices (part of other work items in ISO, e.g. ISO/PC 283 Occupational health and safety management)
- The Environment (part of ISO/TC 207 Environmental Management)
The following four core subjects are proposed to be included:
- Human Rights
- Fair Operating Practices
- Consumer issues – only the issue of sustainable consumption is included
- Community Involvement and Development
Stakeholders are invited to consider the following when formulating a response:
Do you agree to the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If no, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the stakeholder feedback form at https://scc.sondages-surveys.ca/s/social-responsibility/ no later than September 26, 2017.
For more information, please contact Suzanna Ersoy, Program Manager, ISO, SCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Standards Council of Canada is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada with the goal of enhancing Canada’s economic competitiveness and social well-being. It also accredits standards development and conformity assessment organizations.