In September 2018 a group of ISO 26000 stakeholders decided to build on the momentum that had been created by the disbanded ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization 2010-2018. The new ISO 26000 Stakeholders Global Network (SGN) had its first constitutional meeting October 28th 2018. The network is an independent initiative and not a formal body (e.g. working group, committee) in the ISO-system. It is not connected to any of the National Standards Bodies.

Informal Update to Members of ISO 26000 Stakeholders Global Network 29 October 2018:
At our seven-hour meeting in Bali yesterday, the founding group established the framework within which we will move forward together. This is a prompt informal update going out to all of you who showed your support in joining when you did, and providing us with a sense of legitimacy for this project. One of the Terms of Reference for us as the new leadership is to practice transparency between ourselves and the larger membership.

NOTE: If anyone has any questions about the reasoning behind any of the decisions, feel free to contact me or anyone else in attendance for more explanations. There will be additional clarifications in the formal minutes and Terms of Reference, which will go out in November. Content on priorities and activities will also be included in the November communication
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Present from former PPO: Noerman Suharman, Martin Neureiter, Carolyn Schmidt,Hans Kroder, Annette Kleinfeld, Divya Kirti Gupta , Ken-ichi Kumagi , Khawla al-Muhannadi, Gefei Yin

Others invited and present: Elena Mocchio UNI – NSB, Italy; Lisanne Zoet, CFCD Indonesia; Xinyuan Lu, Golden Bee, China; Axel Jungwirth, Porsche University, Austria Summary of Decisions Taken

1. We are a self-constituted group. We make decisions with the ISO-type consensus approach and share them with transparency. We have flexibility to create anew since we are not bound by working within the ISO-defined frameworks or hierarchy. We will earn our credibility and achieve influence by our own actions and expansion going forward

2. Name: ISO 26000 Stakeholders Global Network (ISO 26000 SGN)

3. Membership open to: all members of former PPO-SAG and NIN. Invitations will also be extended to all participants in former WGSR. Process for admitting new members: invitation from an existing member. People participate as individuals, but we make pro-active efforts at recruitment to ensure balance.

4. Balance is defined in three cross-cutting categories: Gender,Stakeholder, and Global. For Stakeholder we will use the present 7 ISO categories: Consumer, Government, Industry and Commerce, Labour, NGO, Academic and research bodies, and Standards application. All members will be asked to self-declare the category that most fits them at this time. Global Balance replaces the “developed/developing country” distinction. So we consider Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Middle East, Oceania, and Indigenous People when analyzing current membership and seeking new members.

5. Leadership structure: 12 total positions: 5-person Team – Chair, 2 Vice Chairs, 2 Secretaries,plus 7 Stakeholder Ambassadors. Terms: 2-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms. Decision-making structure: by consensus, with transparency and flexibility, not focused on hierarchy but on cooperation, promptness and results. Members will have frequent opportunities to take active roles. Initial leadership positions will be filled from among those in personal attendance at Bali

6. Leadership (October 2018 – October 2020): Chair: Martin, Vice-Chairs Hans and Noerman, Secretaries Carolyn and Gefei. Stakeholder Ambassadors: NGO – Khawla, Academic – Annette and Divya (shared/twinned!), Standards – Elena. Labour – selection process is underway. Consumer, Government and Industry – open; choices to be made from among current members in those categories.

7. Membership will be asked to re-confirm their commitment every two years. (next in October 2020). Members can join or leave at any time

8. We affirm the value and uniqueness of ISO 26000 – the document itself, its various forms of applications and adaptations, and the multi-stakeholder process of the WGSR which is at its heart.

9. Specific Terms of Reference, vision and mission statements, and a list of priority projects and applications coming out of this meeting – will be drafted and circulated among Leadership by November 15, then out to members before the end of the month, along with formal minutes approved by the leadership team.

10. An extremely productive and groundbreaking meeting, thanks to all in attendance, all who have already joined as Members to support us, and to Noerman for arranging and supporting the extremely timely opportunity for this meeting. Carolyn takes full responsibility for this informal update. Any errors or omissions will be corrected by the rest of the leadership – for sure ! – and will be reflected in the formal communication going out to all of you by the end of November

List of Members as of 29 October 2018: Sandra Atler Aron Belinky Tina Bohlin Olivier Cartigny Michael Chaim Kim Christiansen Ornella Cilona Peter Colley Anne Gadegaard Daira Gomez Karla Guerrero Divya Kirti Gupta Jonathon Hanks Linda Hendy Adrien Henriques Andrea Santini Henriques Ismael Higareda Sufyan Al-Irhayim Choong-Ho Kang Annette Kleinfeld Hans Kroeder Ken-ichi Kumagi Cristina Lopez Anthony Miller Elena Mocchio Khawla Al-Muhannadi Ratna Devi Nadarajan Martin Neureiter Adriana Rosenberg Carolyn Schmidt Staffan Soderberg Nurman Suharman Kernaghan Webb Gefei Yin Tami Zilberg

E-mail: cschmidt@ecologia.org