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Understanding ‘Social Responsibility’ in Your ESG Program


There is a great deal of potential for sustainability actions in an organization using ISO 26000:2010.ISO 26000 information is available from the ISO browser. This includes a list of the core subjects and their issues. However, I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of ISO 26000.Just like the other ISO standards, there is information in these documents that will allow you to establish programs to support your ESG activities. You can look at one of the tables featuring a list of core subjects covered by the standard and their “issues.”

This International standard provides guidance to all kinds of organizations, regardless of their size and purpose. Guidance provided includes the following:

  1. Concepts, terms, and definitions related to social responsibility

  2. Background, trends, and characteristics of social responsibility available

  3. Principles and practices relating to social responsibility

  4. Core subjects and issues of social responsibility

  5. Integrating, implementing, and promoting socially responsible behavior throughout the organization

  6. Identifying and engaging with stakeholders

  7. Communicating commitments, performance and other information related to social responsibility.

ISO 26000:2010 helps organizations contribute to sustainable development. It encourages them to go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with the law is a fundamental duty of an organization and an essential part of their social responsibility . It is intended to promote common understanding in the field of social responsibility, and to complement other instruments and initiatives for social responsibility, being careful not to replace them.


The ISO online browser offers some important articles for you to use:

These documents and the information found on the ISO on-line browser should help you realize how important the information in ISO 26000:2010 can be to get the “S” component of your ESG program matching the detail and information needed for a complete effort that is often missing in the old “stand-alone” sustainability programs.


Dr. Bob Pojasek

Sustainability Legend | ESG Reporting & Disclosures | Uncertainty Risk | Pollution Prevention Expert | Process Improvement | Organizational Sustainability Reporting | Sustainable Procurement Professor


Chairman, Education and Research Executive Board (EREB)

VCARE Academy Inc.

Managing Director

Center for Corporate Performance & Sustainability

📩 rpojasek@sprynet.com

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