Do you remember that joke – how many engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
But what if I asked you – How many experts did it take to make a CSR standard – specifically ISO 26K: Guidance on Social Responsibly.
The answer is 436 Experts – 37% of them women! And as if that number was not large enough, there were also 195 observers from 99 member countries – 69 from developing countries (India contributed deeply to bring out this Standard) and 30 from developed countries!
To compound the complexity further, there were 6 stakeholder groups and 42 organizations in liaison. No wonder this ISO standard took the longest in making – 8 years – from 2002-2010.
But in spite of India’s involvement in developing this standard, it was one of the 5 countries in 2011 which voted “no” for its adoption. (Get in touch with us to know why)
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 majorly influence the way India understand CSR. For starters – the company secretaries, CSR and independent Directors, Finance functions, CSR functions will have clear unambiguous guidelines to help us choose who, what, why and how much to invest for CSR projects. Benchmarking and comparing on social impacts of CSR projects will lead to transparent reporting as per global standards- GRI G4, Integrated Reporting, Business Responsibility Reporting.
BlueSky is one of the only consultancies in India having certified ISO 26000 for verification (ISO 26000 is not a certifiable standard). We have a web-based CSR assessment Checklist based on ISO 26000 and India’s Voluntary Guidelines 2011, which helps benchmark CSR project based on their impact. The CSR assessment checklist identifies CSR best practices and red-flags the brand risk of poorly constructed CSR projects. We have e-learning modules on ISO 26000 – so that you can upskill yourself to take decisions which are good for the planet and the society. For more info check out – https://www.blueskycsr.com