The world’s first standard on Social Responsibility was launched by The ISO (International Standards Organisation) at the beginning of November. The standard, ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility will assist companies in their efforts to operate in a socially responsible manner. It provides companies in both the public and private sector with best practice guidance in social responsibility, taking into account societal, environmental, legal, cultural, and political and organisation diversity, as well as differences in economic considerations. ISO 26000 explains what Social Responsibility (SR) means, what issues a company needs to address in order to operate in a socially responsible manner, and what is best practice in implementing SR.
A recent survey of 100 of Ireland’s top CEOs has revealed that 86% believe that Corporate Responsibility can play a major role in rebuilding Ireland’s corporate reputation. The Ipsos MRBI survey carried out on behalf of Business in the Community Ireland, showed that 65% of companies plan to continue investing in Corporate Responsibility over the coming years, with two-thirds believing that, in a tougher business environment, Corporate Responsibility is providing a competitive advantage over other companies. (source)
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