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.
ISO26000 Stakeholders Global Network – Statement of Vision, Mission and Goals, approved Nov.2018
Vision: When every organization and each individual strives to act responsibly, with consideration for their impacts on society and the environment, we will successfully move toward a sustainable future. We see multi-stakeholder engagement as the strongest force to create a sustainable economy and world.
Mission: We encourage every organization to maximize its contribution to sustainable development, by using ISO 26000 and involving a wide variety of stakeholders in its decisions. We leverage power from all over the world to support socially responsible management and practices We seek to provide information, inspiration, linkages to other global documents, and user-friendly tools for implementation, through our global network
- To promote ISO 26000 as the leading standard in regards to Social Responsibility worldwide, supporting awareness, distribution and usage.
- To promote ISO 26000 as an integrated practical approach for all public and private organizations, including those that are applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- To remain as a link to ISO and to ISO member bodies, as the institutional memory of the making of this standard through the unique multi-stakeholder and balanced process.
- To broaden our Network to actively recruit new members, especially younger members, always keeping in mind the value of diversity and multi-stakeholder involvement.
- To consider Global Balance (involvement from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Middle East, Oceania, and Indigenous People) as an important part of multi-stakeholder involvement.
- To organise quarterly webex meetings to co-ordinate and discuss activities.
- To organise a bi-annual face-to-face event, such as the International Open Forum held in Bali October 2018, to get people together to share good practices, hold sessions on implementation, etc.
- To further develop the linkage documents connecting ISO 26000 with international norms of behavior of the UN, Responsible Business Conduct Guidelines of OECD, and different reporting initiatives, like GRI and Integrated Reporting Framework.
- To pay special attention to support Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
- To explore market mechanisms and tools to promote application of ISO 26000.
To feed communication channels https://iso26000.info and the LinkedIn Group on ISO 26000 so that a wider audience can participate and be informed.
Informal Update to Members of ISO 26000 Stakeholders Global Network 29 October 2018, from the first meeting at Bali:
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: Consumers, Government, 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. Membership will be asked to re-confirm their commitment every two years. (next in October 2020). Members can join or leave at any time