What is ISO 26000 Certification?

ISO 26000:2010 provides guidance instead of requirements, so it can’t be certified, unlike other well-known ISO standards.

Instead, it helps in getting clarification of what social responsibility is, helps businesses and organizations translate principles into effective actions, and shares best practices concerning social responsibility, globally.

It focuses on all kinds of organizations no matter their activity, size, or location.

The standard was launched in 2010 after five years of negotiations between a number of stakeholders across the planet.

Delegates from government, NGOs, industry, customer gatherings, and work associations around the world were engaged with its making, which proposes it speaks to a world concurrence on this.

ISO 26000 is a world guidance document on social responsibility.

It provides an organization with an overview of the principles and core areas it should improve and also makes sure it identifies and controls select social responsibility risks and impacts.

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ISO 26000 involves the following seven core principles:
  • Ethical behavior: Behavior implies’ honesty, ethics and integrity and in accordance with accepted principles of right or good code of conduct.

  • Respect for the rule of law: This is applicable to all laws and regulations.

  • Respect for international norms of behavior: Applicable to international laws and regulations.

  • Respect for and consideration of stakeholder interests: Taking into consideration the rights, claims, and interest of all stakeholders.

  • Accountability: Being in charge of decisions and activities and their impacts on society, the economy and therefore the environment.

  • Transparency: Openness about decisions and activities of the organization regarding the relevant social, economic, and environmental aspects of its operations.

  • Respect for human rights: Respect and foster the rights covered within the international Bill on Human Rights.


  • Stakeholder confidence: The ISO 26000 standard helps organizations to demonstrate corporate social responsibility, keeping in mind that one has fulfilled all the necessary policy commitments to reassure stakeholders.

  • Reduce costs: Robust business decisions facilitate continual improvement while lessening the effect of risks, enabling a more efficient deployment of resources and reduced costs.

  • Competitive edge: you’ll use the ISO 26000 principles to benchmark against competitors and develop social responsibility targets.

How to Apply for Accreditation.

The application for accreditation starts with the filling of the form and submit it duly filled. The accreditation process is followed by an assessment- onsite and offsite.

The conclusion on the process of issue of accreditation finishes off with the decision-making for the accreditation.
The applicant can apply by filling out the online/offline application.

The application form can be downloaded through the below link.
IOA Services Accreditation is granted to an organization that can demonstrate compliance with national/international standards.

The details of the standards can be obtained from the relevant website of ISO or the national standard organizations.

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