The ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization has
- after analyzing the 2016/17 systematic review/survey to ISO member countries and
- having consulted with the 30+ strong stakeholder advisory group
sent the following recommendation to ISO Technical Management Board (TMB):
A revision of ISO 26000:2010 is needed:
Revision exclusively limited to updating and aligning the current text in ISO 26000: 2010
with recent changes in international authoritative documents. It is also recommended that
the following boundaries be set to the revision:
- any changes shall be permitted only when having a clear connection to such
international documents, and need to be fully justified and approved by the responsible
- any new recommendations need to be fully justified and approved by the responsible
- existing Recommendations should not be deleted, unless there is good justification
and this is approved by the responsible committee;
- maintain number and scope of principles, core subjects, issues and definitions;
- reasonably maintain size and tone of the document;
- if annexes are to be reviewed it should be in line with the existing criteria and
procedures in ISO 26000:2010.
International documents to be considered for this alignment should be a matter of
consensus by the responsible committee at the beginning of the revision process, but
would include in principle: The UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, UN
SDGs as set out in resolutions A/RES/70/1 (Agenda 2030), The OECD Guidelines for
Multinational Enterprises and the ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles for Multinational
Enterprises and Social Policy, and relevant ISO standards connected with to the core
subjects of ISO 26000. Other relevant international documents to be referenced during
the revision process other than these ones, can be included by the responsible committee,
if necessary, under the criteria of clear consensus among its members.
PPO urges ISO/TMB to decide that the revision process is carried out with at least as
strong procedures and balanced stakeholder engagement and regional balance that
characterized the development of ISO 26000:2010. This would greatly contribute to the
continued legitimacy of the standard and the process.
It is now up to the ISO TMB to decide if and how ISO 26000 is to be updated. Their next meeting is in Berlin in September.
PPO Secretariat met with the stakeholder advisory group on the topic “What do we recommend ISO to do based on the results of the systematic review 2017?”
The ISO member countries voted 11 CONFIRM (keep as it is) and 12 REVISE (update/change) with an additional 7 abstentions which are noted.
52 % in favour of revision is indeed a single majority, but a weak indication. Thus, the content of the technical comments sent together with the votes must be carefully analyzed and discussed before PPO Secretariat sends its recommendation to ISO TMB (who decides the next steps).
A preliminary interpretation of the stakeholder meeting advice taking the comments from the ISO member bodies:
- we should not recommend only a minor revision (editorial, minor update)
- we should not recommend only a partial revision (an amendment)
- we should recommend a revision with limitations based on the comments
Some of the technical comments affecting such limitations that were discussed:
- include updates made in key international instruments (NOTE: there are 170+ references in the bibliograph such as the ILO Conventions, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, OECD Guidelines
- include updates made in relevant ISO standards, e.g. ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement and ISO 37001 Anti-bribery management system
- include Agenda 2030 and the SGDs
In addition, the “New Work Item Proposal” that set out the scope of ISO 26000 in 2005 is still valid. This means that much of the tone, scope, structure is expected to be similar in a future revised version.
PPO Secretariat is now developing a statement capturing the boundaries of a proposed revision. If TMB, after consulting with ISO 26000 PPO and others, finds that ISO 26000 should be revised, the international work is likely to start at the end of 2017 or beginning 2018.
Valuable advice was given to the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization secretariat during the meeting held February 24. Around 25 stakeholders attended from almost as many countries. We discussed the latest developments regarding ISO 37001, ISO 20121, the systematic review of ISO 26000, the basic training material translated in to Spanish, the preliminary result of the 2016 PPO survey to the national standards bodies.
Over the past 4 years the national ISO member body in ISO, EOS, has published an ISO 26000 newsletters. More than 600 receive it and it goes to several countries. The January 2017 issues can be found here.
The basic training material has now been finalized thanks to the efforts of Adriana Rosenfeld and Karla Guerrera.
It is available here.
Part of the ISO 26000 work program is to develop linkage documents between ISO 26000 and other important standards/tools developed by organizations such as the OECD. So far linkage documents have been published in relation to UN Global Compact, GRI G4, IIRC and the UN SGDs.
Today ISO 26000 PPO published a new linkage document between ISO 26000 and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Hopefully those using one of these two documents will be inspired to use also the other document. The linkage document is available here.
A detailed analysis of how ISO 26000 recommendations relate to the UN Sustainable development goals and targets has been developed and is available here.
UNI in Italy has published an interesting document after extensive stakeholder consultation.
This is how it has been described:
” “UNI Prassi di Riferimento” (best reference practice) UNI/PdR 18:2016 “Social responsibility in organizations – Guidance to the application of UNI ISO 26000”.
This document provides a number of elements that support the application of UNI ISO 26000, with focus on the aspects of materiality, accountability, and stakeholder engagement. It outlines operational solutions applicable to different types of organizations and provides with some practical examples concerning the stages of implementation for the organizational governance of social responsibility.
Therefore it is a document which outlines a set of operational guidelines for those organizations wishing to address the issue of social responsibility by applying the principles and addressing the core subjects described in UNI ISO 26000. It has been designed with the idea of tracing a sort of path, an ideal roadmap that leads, in a modular and progressive, way to a mature and conscious approach to social responsibility.”
More information can be found at the UNI-website.
From email sent to ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization advisory groups SAG and NIN
ISO 26000 related highlights
- As agreed in the PPO work plan, a Spanish translation of the basic training material has been developed. Thank you Karla Guerrero and Adriana Rosenfeld. Draft attached and if you have (SAG and NIN) have any final comments please let us know before end of next week.
- The OECD/26000 Linkage document is with ISO for final editing and then to be published as a PPO document. Again, thank you Hans Kröder for hard work on this. Next step is to level up this document to a ISO/OECD joint publication.
- The document presenting detailed linkages between ISO 26000 and the SDG goals and targets have been finalized and is currently with ISO for final editing, then to be published as a PPO document. Thank you Adriana R and Cristina Lopez (and me, for the introduction text…)
- Next document we have discussed is a linkage document between ISO 26000 and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Dante Pesce will support us but PPO needs a volunteer to coordinate the technical work.
- The systematic review of ISO 26000 was launched by ISO January 15 and will close June 5th. We hope you /your national mirror committee have seen it. Jorge Cajazeira is managing systematic review issues in the PPO.
- The ISO 26000 PPO survey 2016 closed and Eduardo Sao Thiago is compiling the results. Preliminary indications: Angola, Iceland, Canada, Montenegro, Russia, Rwanda, India (tbc), have now adopted ISO 26000, i.e. more than 80+ countries. I try to keep track of these at http://iso26000.info/countries . BTW: so far 30 copies of ISO 26000 for free have been requested and delivered to individuals in companies/organizations with lack of funds through this website.
- IWA 26 on how to use ISO 26000 in the ISO high level structure for management systems is moving along. Sweden and Tanzania are twinning and approximately 50 expertts have signed up. First draft to be sent out early next week and then the first workshop will be in Stockholm 9-10 March. Join us! More info: http://www.sis.se/IWA-on-ISO-26000
- Global Child Forum recently found that ISO 26000 was the second most known CSR/SR tool among the companies in Asia.
- ISO (DIS2) 20400 Sustainable Procurement – Guidance: likely there will no FDIS and the final editorial comments can be treated soon. France/Brazil has done a great job finalizing this complex standard and I am looking forward to the launch within a few months.
- ISO 37001 Anti-bribery management systems has been published and is now managed as part of TC309 Governance of Organizations which has the scope “Standardization in the field of governance relating to aspects of direction, control and accountability of organizations”
- ISO (DIS) 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System is to be published in December this year.
- Guide 82 Addressing sustainability in standards is based on ISO 26000 and from what I hear more and more stakeholders/standardizers are using it with ISO, which is great news.
- Almost 15,000 members in the ISO 26000 LinkedIn group now.
- Tina Bohlin (email@example.com) has taken over after Ludvig Hubendick as Secretary of ISO 26000 PPO. I have had meetings with her and I am convinced she will be a great PPO catalyzer. Ludvig will leave SIS and start working for the Green Part in Sweden by the end of this month. Perhaps you can drop him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) before he leaves ? Personally I have emailed him a BIG thank you for all of his hard work and initiatives. He was key for the initiation of IWA 26 and the Stockholm conference. All throughout a great project leader with a personal passion for sustainability.
Swedish member to ISO, SIS, has initiated development of a quick ISO deliverable, IWA26, on how to apply ISO 26000 together with ISO high level structure on management system standards. All information is available at the project site:
“IWA26” will also be discussed at the LinkedIn group ISO 26000 and the hashtag #IWA26000