Corporate Social Responsibility CSR

More and more companies are taking on social responsibility. These companies promote and involve their employees, they stabilize the preservation of jobs and, at the same time, their own need for skilled labor. ISO 26000 provides guidance on how companies and organizations can act socially responsible. This means ethical and transparent action that contributes to the health and well-being of society.

The ISO 26000 is not certifiable. It is not reasonable to offer certifications according to ISO 26000 or to be certified to ISO 26000.

Implementation of a CSR culture

Responsible companies reduce or avoid real environmental pollution under public recognition, and ensure ethically and ecologically justifiable added value along the entire production and supply chain.

It is recognized that sustainable companies are more stable than competitors in competition.

Companies act in their own interest when, in the so-called internal dimension, the responsibility of the company towards the internal service providers increases. Corporate action in social engagement solidifies the identification and satisfaction of employees, and as a result, the culture of loyalty grows.

Through the sustained participation and participation of all stakeholders in the company culture, through measures such as Behavior-based safety and / or WHM will significantly reduce presentativeness and absenteeism.

In the so-called external dimension, the responsibility towards the corporate environment and the external stakeholders is mapped. See New Norman requirements from 2015 Context of organizing and involving relevant parties, e.g. 4.1 and 4.2 ISO 9001: 2015). This includes:


  • a resource-saving approach to production and services
  • Distancing image-endangering participations in profits / projects
  • Rejection of ethically questionable production or procurement procedures
  • Compliance with codes of conduct, conducting social audits and ratings or mapping sustainability reports
  • Respect for human rights
  • Responsible and culturally appropriate treatment of business partners, customers, suppliers and consumers

CSR is certainly a market-oriented instrument. Social and environmental performance of organizations should be implemented less through legal or contractual rules, but rather through market mechanisms.
Therefore, corporate social responsibility is based solely on a sustainable corporate culture. CSR initiatives are based on self-initiative and personal responsibility, which are quickly understood by the participants and should therefore reflect an actual declaration of intent on sustainability.

ISO 26000 is the first ISO standard on social responsibility, and thus the first guide explicitly addressed to all types of organizations. The standard represents an internationally adopted holistic reference framework for the complex topic of CSR

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