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ANSI Call for Participation on ISO Social Responsibility Group


New York, Jan 14, 2005

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Management Board (TMB) has prepared and circulated for review and comment by the ISO member bodies a new work item proposal for an ISO Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility. In anticipation of a successful outcome of the ISO member countries voting on this proposal, the first meeting of the ISO/TMB Working Group to develop the proposed ISO SR standards is planned for March 7-11, 2005 in Brazil.

ANSI supports the approval of the new work item proposal on social responsibility and invites interested U.S. parties to participate through ANSI in the development of this project. The Institute will be using the ANSI ISO Council Ad Hoc Group on Social Responsibility on an interim basis to help prepare for this first ISO/TMB Working Group meeting. Those interested in participating as ANSI experts in this Working Group meeting may contact Steven P. Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (scornish@ansi.org) by close of business on Friday, January 28, 2005. An ANSI experts preparation meeting is being planned for February in New York City; the date is still undetermined.

Interested stakeholders are also invited to submit proposals for possible consideration regarding the proposed contents of the standard, terms of reference of the WG, publication schedule of the standard, or how to make the WG’s work available to the general public, for example. Proposals must be submitted by February 4, 2005 (scornish@ansi.org) and will be considered at the ANSI experts preparation meeting.

Additional information, including the new work item proposal, report of the ISO Advisory Group on Social Responsibility, TMB resolution and comments submitted in advance of the June 2004 Stockholm SR conference is available at www.iso.org/sr.

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