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Communication protocol

How to communicate when applying ISO 26000?

Organizations that want to communicate about how they use the ISO 26000 standard should be careful in their choice of wording. This protocol has been developed by the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization (PPO) based on experiences, and it is intended to give guidance on appropriate wordings as well as wordings to avoid in communication regarding use of ISO 26000.

Appropriate wording

  • Using the ISO 26000 standard to integrate / implement social responsibility / socially responsible behaviour into the organization
  • Applying the ISO 26000 standard to integrate / implement social responsibility / socially responsible behaviour into the organization
  • Recognizing ISO 26000 as a reference document that provides guidance
  • Based on ISO 26000
  • Follow the guidance provided by ISO 26000
  • Inspired by ISO 26000

Inappropriate wording

  • certified according to ISO 26000
  • verified according to ISO 26000
  • in accordance with ISO 26000
  • conformance with ISO 26000
  • compliance with ISO 26000
  • assessed against ISO 26000
  • meets the requirements of ISO 26000

Note:

Although the expression “to implement a standard” is widely used and often understood as meaning “to use a standard”, the PPO understands that, from an English language point of view, it can be misleading when used in the context of a standard containing only guidance. Thus, even though the expression is not specified as being inappropriate in this document, it is nevertheless recommended that other expressions are used instead, if possible.

 

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