The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on social responsibility. The purpose of this inquiry is to consult with Canadian stakeholders to develop a national position on the proposal, and to determine if there is interest in participating in the work should it be approved.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation), the ISO member body for France, is proposing the establishment of a new ISO technical committee on social responsibility. If a new committee is approved, AFNOR is proposing it would allow:
- upgrade to the ISO 26000 to integrate new concepts that have emerged over the last decade based on different ISO 26000 issues and other new concepts linked to global challenges, especially with regards to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also to the possible consequences and lessons learned from the present Covid-19 pandemic.
- promotion of all standards that can be used in a social responsibility approach and will enhance the visibility of the work of other related technical committees.
- ISO to maintain leadership and credibility in the field of social responsibility and provide the most efficient and essential International standards and tools on social responsibility for use by organizations to meet their own challenges.
- bringing consistency between the different ISO standards related to governance, social, economic or environmental aspects.
Scope of proposed technical activity
The scope of the proposal addresses standardization in the field of social responsibility to provide guidance and framework to all types of organizations, regardless of their size, activity or location. It allows organizations to challenge their own practices, define their corporate social responsibility and thus devise strategies to enhance their contribution to sustainable development.
Please see the AFNOR proposal for more information.
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders are invited to consider whether or not they agree with the proposal by completing this brief stakeholder feedback form no later than June 24, 2020.
Deadline for survey submission
June 24, 2020