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Revision of ISO 26000 needed?

Wed 13 Sep 2017

Revise yes or no?

Is has been almost seven years since ISO 26000 has been published at 1 November 2010. The world is changing rapidly. The UN has issued the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Based on the second systematic review of ISO 26000 in 2017 a need has been expressed by countries to align ISO 26000 to the UN SDGs.

ISO Post Publication Organization has drafted an advice to the Technical Management Board of ISO for a limited revision of ISO 26000.

Main objective is to improve the alignment of ISO 26000 with:

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030,
  • UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights,
  • OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises,
  • ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles for Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy,and
  • relevant ISO standards connected with to the core subjects of ISO 26000, like ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement.

The advice also includes to define some controlled boundaries upfront:

  • any new recommendations need to be fully justified and approved by the responsible committee;
  • existing recommendations should not be deleted, unless there is good justification and this is approved by the responsible committee;
  • maintain number and scope of principles, core subjects, issues and definitions;
  • reasonably maintain size and tone of the document;
  • if annexes are to be reviewed it should be in line with the existing criteria and procedures in ISO 26000:2010.

The decision to revise Yes or No will soon be taken by ISO TMB during the meeting of 18-24 September 2017.

Personnaly I hope for a 'Yes', however what will your preference be?