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Norm on responsibility and Responsibility of norms: the ISO 26000 case

The ISO 26000 standard is the first international standard that may be qualified as fourth generation. After a long elaboration process which involved 80 countries and 40 international organizations, it should be published next year. Its precise designation is “guidance on social responsibility”.

It concerns not only the firms but also the place and the role of any kind of organizations inside the society. It is based on universal principles and imposes a set of core subjects. This article deals with the legitimacy of ISO to address such issues as human rights, labour practices, environment, community involvement and development. Neither ISO structures nor elaboration process offer guarantees that one is supposed to require from a democratic institution.

Table of content:

  • the current version of the ISO/CD 26 000 "guidelines related to societal responsibility"
    • Identification of the societal responsibility
    • Need for a dialogue with the stakeholders
  • ISO 26000, first norm of the fourth generation
  • ISO 26000, a political norm ?
  • Bibliography



Source: part of an article published in "Management et Avenir", special issue on HERMES-OSR findings and results, by Jacques Igalens from IAE Toulouse (Toulouse, France).

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