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ISO 26000

Strengthen your focus on CSR.

ISO 26000 is an international guidance document on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It provides an organisation with an outline of the principles and core areas it should manage to ensure it identifies and controls select social responsibility risks and impacts.

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Overview

As industry stakeholders and the media increasingly scrutinise issues such as fair operating practices and the supply chain, such areas may present a significant risk to an organisation. Moreover, as these areas underpin the figures on your balance sheet and the integrity of your reputation, it is critical to manage them, to safeguard the ongoing success of your business.

ISO 26000 follows a different approach to more typical certifiable standards and covers the following areas:

  • Organisational governance
  • Human rights
  • Labour practices
  • Environment
  • Fair operating practices
  • Consumer issues
  • Community involvement and development

While certain areas may already be covered by existing management system standards such as ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, there are several areas which may not be managed in a suitably structured or systematic manner.

ISO 26000 can help your organisation act in an ethical and transparent way that contributes to society.

Benefits of ISO 26000

Stakeholder confidence

The ISO 26000 standard helps organisations demonstrate corporate social responsibility, proving you are fulfilling your policy commitments to reassure stakeholders.

Reduce costs

Robust business decisions facilitate continual improvement while mitigating risks, enabling a more efficient deployment of resources and reduced costs.

Competitive edge

You can use the ISO 26000 principles to benchmark against competitors and develop measurable social responsibility targets.

Need help with ISO 26000?

Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) assessment services help you identify your organisation's strengths and weaknesses in relation to social responsibility. LR can also help review relevant data and information – such as sustainability reports produced with stakeholder confidence in mind.

Why work with us?

Technical expertise

LR's technical experts have been at the forefront of international standards development for decades. We recruit our assessors for their domain expertise, so you have confidence they understand the challenges you face alongside the opportunities at hand, whatever your industry.

Unrivalled experience

Our assessors carry out assessments against related standards such as SMETA, SA8000, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001; so they possess a wealth of knowledge across the breadth of standards.

Your business helps LR to help others

The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity which supports science and engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: Working together for a safer world.

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