India adopts ISO 26000: Guidance on Social Responsibility as a national standard. (https://iso26000.info/iso26000/india-adopts)
ISO 26000 has the distinction of taking the longest time to be approved as a standard- 8 years! ( from 2002 – 2010) There were 436 Experts involved – 37% of them women! Moreover, as if that number was not large enough, there were also 195 observers from 99 member countries – 69 from developing countries (India contributed profoundly to bring out this Standard) and 30 from developed countries! To compound the complexity further, there were six stakeholder groups and 42 organizations in liaison.
It has taken 9 years since – and now, on March 13th, 2019, India has adopted ISO 26000 as a national standard. This strategic decision will influence the way India understand CSR. For starters – the #company secretaries, CSR Directors, and Independent Board Directors, Finance & CSR functions now have #ISO26000: Guidance to identify stakeholders and plan projects which are sustainable over some time. Most importantly, there are clear guidelines for #transparent and #accountable CSR reporting aligned to GRI G4, Integrated Reporting, Business Responsibility Reporting #BRR @Bluesky, We have developed a proprietary CSR assessment checklist based on ISO 26000 and India’s National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct 2018. The scorecard helps grade CSR project – silver, gold, platinum based on the impact of the CSR Project. Our social auditors have global experience of doing #CSR #Assessment for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and are experts in identifying best practices and red-flag the #brandrisk of poorly constructed CSR projects. Check us out on. www.blueskycsr.com