Standard sets requirements for social responsibility

A new standard, BS ISO 26000, sets out internationally agreed standards for company social responsibility.

BSI Director of Standards Mike Low explains: "This standard will enable businesses to bring together best practice in terms of workforce, customers, neighbours fair trade and the all important demands on our natural resources and our climate. Through the BSI standards process we have made an excellent input from UK stakeholders to ensure this is a practical and effective approach".

Benefits claimed include boosting the reputation of a business and the securing of long-term customer, client and employee loyalty. In addition, moves towards increased efficiency sidestep the costs of wasted energy or waste removal fees. This also enables a company to cope with any new laws or restrictions that may be introduced in an increasingly 'green' world. Finally, the overall competitiveness of a business is amplified, as investors are more willing to place their money in reputable and sustainable reserves.

BSI will be hosting an event on the new standard which will take place on 24th November at the CBI Conference Centre, in London. Committee members, key stakeholder groups and organizations who are leading the way in their social responsibility practices will come together to discuss and debate the new standard at this event. Sessions will outline how the standard was developed and the role it will play in improving social responsibility at an international level. Case studies will be presented by progressive organisations leading the way with their socially responsible behaviours.

Those interested in the new standard and in attending the event organized by BSI in London should contact Chiara Carella, PR Manager, BSI Group, at

Tom Shelley

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