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ISO Issues New Work Item Proposal for Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility

New York, Oct 14, 2004

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established an advisory group on social responsibility in 2003, and assigned to the group the task of investigating and evaluating existing initiatives and programs in corporate social responsibility to determine whether or not ISO could add any value in that area. In June 2004, ISO held an international conference on social responsibility in Stockholm, and the ISO Technical Management Board has now prepared a formal proposal that ISO undertake the preparation of an International Standard giving guidance on social responsibility.

The standard would, among other goals, assist organizations in addressing their social responsibilities while respecting cultural, societal, environmental and legal differences and economic development conditions; increase confidence and satisfaction in organizations among their customers and other stakeholders; and promote common terminology in the social responsibility field.

Because ISO will engage new groups of stakeholders in this area of standardization it is issuing a broad call for participation. ISO member bodies wishing to participate in this work are invited to nominate up to six experts to serve on the working group, one for each of the following stakeholder categories: industry, government, labor, consumers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others.

As the U.S. member body of ISO, the American National Standards Institute via the ANSI International Council (AIC) Ad Hoc Group on Social Responsibility will develop a recommended ANSI position on the new ISO Work Item and submit it for the AIC's approval and subsequent submittal to ISO. Comments may be sent to Steven Cornish, ANSI international policy director at by close of business on Friday, December 3, 2004.

The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (US/TAG) to be established for this activity will decide on the set of ANSI experts assigned to this working group. Those interested in serving as an active or observer member or the Administrator of the US/TAG to be established for this project, may also contact Steven Cornish ( by close of business on Friday, December 3, 2004.

See related article: ISO To Develop Guidelines for Social Responsibility

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