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AFNOR (France) proposes a Technical Committee for ISO 26000

AFNOR, the ISO National Standard Body of France, has proposed to found an ISO 26000 Technical Committee.

The purpose is to develop a set of standards to become the “ISO 26000 series”:

  • Standard ISO 26000
  • Implementation standard(s)
  • Specific social responsibility issues: standards, technical specifications, technical reports

Download AFNOR proposal for ISO 26000 TC

 

ISO 26000 SGN welcomes every initiative to put ISO 26000 into the spotlights. However SGN leadership emphasizes the importance of maintaning a balanced multi-stakeholder approach (like in the former Working Group) for any revision or new activities regarding ISO 26000.

During the ISO 26000 SGN webinar at 30 April 2020 the members gave their opinion, which led to several conclusions:

  • there is need for revision of ISO 26000, for example the connection with the SDGs;
  • a revision needs to build on the current standard, without deleting or shortening text;
  • the multi-stakeholder approach is key, including intergovernmental organizations like UN, ILO and ITUC;
  • a list of issues of the PPO regarding previous Systematic Reviews should be taken into account;
  • a strong doubt and even objection for more ISO 26000 standards, like certification and/or sector standards.
  • doubt if a TC is needed.

SGN members are being asked to discuss the AFNOR proposal in their countries. The closing date for voting by NSBs is 15 July 2020.

SGN Leadership also emphasizes the regular way forward, by asking ISO for a new Systematic Review of ISO 26000. It is possible to re-open the Systematic Review after July 2020.