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ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Social Responsibility”

ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Social Responsibility”


ISO proposal for the creation of a new technical committee on “Social Responsibility”


The national standards body of Sweden (SIS) submits to ISO a proposal for the creation of a new Technical Committee on “Social Responsibility”.


Scope: Standardization in the field of social responsibility.


The Committee will develop standards and standardization documents in social responsibility areas that are outside the scope of other existing ISO Technical Committees. Therefore, the main focus areas that will be subject of consideration and creation of standardization documents are general methods for social responsibility management and the main characteristics of social responsibility such as Human Rights; Fair Operating Practices; Consumer issues; Sustainable Consumption and Community Involvement and Development. Three of the core subjects of social responsibility (Organizational governance; Labour Practices and The environment) are excluded from the proposed TC as they are subject of standardization in existing ISO TCs (ISO/TC 309 “Governance of organizations”; ISO/TC 283 “Occupational health and safety management”; ISO/TC 207 “Environmental Management”).


Because of the holistic integrated approach applied to the social responsibility management and the necessity to consider all core subjects and issues in their interdependence it is possible to discuss some issues that are currently within the scope of other TC in order to produce standardization documents that are within the scope of the new TC.


The initial work programme of the new committee will include the development of international standards and standardization documents by starting with the following work items:

  1. Self-declaration of Social Responsibility – Guidance
  2. Social Responsibility for SMEs and SMOs – Guidance
  3. Social Responsibility Audits – Guidance


In case of national interest, BDS can approve the creation of ISO/TC on “Social responsibility”. If the establishment of ISO/TC is accepted by the national standards bodies – members of ISO, Bulgaria can obtain P- or O-membership in the work of the newly established committee.


The national stakeholders can provide their position on the proposal for this new field of ISO technical activity by 25 of September 2017 to expert Petar Lozev, e-mail:, tel: +359 2 81 74 529.


For more information about the proposal see: here

27 Jul 2017