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Request for Input to Support ISO Conference on Social Responsibility

New York, May 12, 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. The ISO/Technical Management Board Strategic Advisory Group on Social Responsibility (ISO/TMB SAG) recently submitted a working report and recommendations to the ISO/TMB, and these documents will serve as a framework for discussions at the ISO International Conference on Social Responsibility in Stockholm, Sweden, June 21 and 22, 2004.

“All interested parties are encouraged to submit their written comments on these documents as well as their suggestions and information on original initiatives in the area of social responsibility, including information on national standards. Obtaining broad input, especially from those that cannot attend the conference, is very important,” said Steven Cornish, ANSI international policy program director.

The SR group’s report can be viewed on a new web site that was created by ISO in support of the Conference, It includes an overview of SR initiatives and identifies key issues that should be taken into account by ISO, as well as the group’s recommendations.

The report, recommendations from the advisory group and feedback from the conference and web site will assist ISO with its decision to proceed, or not, with the development of International Standards or other ISO tools addressing the social responsibility of organizations. The SR group is comprised of representatives from around the world and incorporates a broad spectrum of stakeholder interests including business, government, labor, consumers and the environment.

Participation in the conference, hosted by the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS), is free-of-charge and is open to ISO member delegations and invited international groups and organizations. Speakers at the conference include representatives of the U.N. Global Compact, the International Chambers of Commerce, Consumers International, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

All submitted comments are expected to be posted and publicly available at the following location:

For additional information and registration, please visit the ISO International Conference on Social Responsibility web site at

Download the working report here.