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Relationship UNGC and ISO about ISO 26000


Thanks to twitter we have been able to learn quickly about the concerns of UNGC related to the future ISO 26000 and exchanges of point of views between the UNGC (United Nation Global Compact) and the ISO (International Standardization Organisation).

Hereafter is part of an article by the Global Compact Critics website on "ISO gently responds to terse letter from Global Compact".

(letters and related documents are attached here below)


The secretary-general of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has responded to a letter from the Global Compact Office. In the letter, the executive director of the Office requested ISO to remove the reference to the Global Compact from the annex of the ISO 26000 standard – an international standard that provides guidance on social responsibility.

In his reply to the Global Compact Office, ISO's secretary-general Robert Steele says that he views as "unfortunate" that the Office wishes there not be any mention of the Compact in the ISO 26000 standard. According to Mr. Steele, the current draft of the standard is "at least consistent with the ten universal principles" of the Compact. He also states that the Global Compact Office has been involved in different levels of the working group that is drafting the standard, and that the Office has "indeed been able to contribute and indicate [its] perspectives on the evolution of this ISO standard."


As Mr. Steele correctly states in his letter, the current version of ISO 26000 is consistent with the principles of the Compact. However, it is clear that the Global Compact expected to feature as a main character in the new ISO 26000 standard.


 For the fulloriginal article, please refer to the Global Compact Critics website.




Download this file (16741502-Letter-to-Mr-Robert-Steele-June-2009-on-ISO-26000.pdf)16741502-Letter-to-Mr-Robert-Steele-June-2009-on-ISO-26000.pdf[Letter to Mr Robert Steele June 2009 on ISO 26000 (downloaded from]38 kB
Download this file (16780542-Explanatory-Note-MoU-between-ISO-and-Global-Compact.pdf)16780542-Explanatory-Note-MoU-between-ISO-and-Global-Compact.pdf[Explanatory Note MoU between ISO and Global Compact (downloaded from]24 kB
Download this file (16810157-Memorandum-of-Understanding-between-ISO-and-UN-Global-Compact.pdf)16810157-Memorandum-of-Understanding-between-ISO-and-UN-Global-Compact.pdf[Memorandum of Understanding between ISO and UN Global Compact (downloaded from]721 kB
Download this file (17028048-Letter-to-Georg-Kell-from-ISO.pdf)17028048-Letter-to-Georg-Kell-from-ISO.pdf[Letter to Georg Kell from ISO (downloaded from]50 kB

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