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Best Prices for ISO 26000

     The document ISO 26000:2010 needs to be purchased. Here you find sources and prices. Thanks go to Bart Slob and his LinkedIn Group on ISO 26000, who collected this data, see the original Excel sheet at http://www.scribd.com/doc/51062761/2011-12-ISO-26000-prices, and his permission to reproduce them here.

       Rather than paying up to €171 to ANSI (USA) or €157 to ISO, you can buy the English version as the South African national standard SANS 26000, which is identical to ISO 26000:2010, from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for only €30.  
INTECO in Costa Rica  offers the official Spanish version at the bargain price of only €31.  
The "cheapest" French version is available as NF ISO 26000 at AFNOR for €121.

    It seems to be worthwhile mentioning here that ISO Council was approached twice by the working group ISO 26000 (WG SR) with the request to make the guidance standard available for free or at least for printing and shipping costs only. This was twice denied because ISO didn't want to make a specific exception from its pricing policy for a standard on "social responsibility". On the one hand, this policy can be understood, on the other hand the decision is a lost opportunity to promote the use of ISO 26000 globally.

      Adam Greene, representative of IOE (the International Organization of Employers) and chairman of the ISG (Industry Stakeholder Group of the ISO 26000 project) has summarized in a perfect way the three main reasons why ISO is well advised to reconsider its pricing policy, as contribution to the LinkedIn discussion in November 2012:

“There are three main reasons to put ISO 26000 in the public domain:

> The first is that it stands alone as the only international resource on SR that must be purchased - ALL the rest (OECD, UN, GRI, GSCP, etc.) are publicly available.

> The second is that the vast majority of the substantive content of ISO 26000 is drawn from authoritative inter-governmental documents (UN conventions, declarations, etc.) that are all publicly available - so ISO 26000 uses text drawn from public sources and then copyrights it. Indeed, UN and other governments can't (or shouldn't) even promote ISO 26000 since it is a private product for sale.

> And third, ISO's business model is based on commercial standards where the users have a commercial interest in both developing and using the standard, so selling the output makes sense. That is not the case with ISO 26000, which is why
ISO's normal pricing model has become a serious barrier to widespread dissemination and use of the guidance.
 

You find the addresses of ISO member bodies (column 2 in this table) at http://www.iso.org/iso/home/about/iso_members.htm?membertype=membertype_MB. There you click on e.g. SABS if you want to see the details of the South African Bureau of Standards including the source of purchasing ISO 26000.
It should be mentioned that so-called “national implementations” of ISO 26000 (like “UNI ISO 26000:2010” in Italy) are in substance identical with the ISO document.

Country

Standards body / organization

Language

Price (excl. VAT)

 US dollars

 Euros

Standard number

Argentina

IRAM

Spanish

 ARS                       418

 USD                         97

 EUR                          75

IRAM-ISO 26000

Austria

ONR

German

 EUR                         93

 USD                      121

 EUR                          93

ONR ISO 26000

Austria

ONR

English

 EUR                         93

 USD                      121

 EUR                          93

ISO 26000:2010

Belgium

NBN

Dutch

 EUR                      130

 USD                      169

 EUR                       130

NBN ISO 26000 NL : 2011

Belgium

NBN

French

 EUR                      130

 USD                      169

 EUR                       130

NBN ISO 26000 : 2011

Brazil

ABNT

Portuguese

 BRL                       196

 USD                      106

 EUR                          81

ABNT NBR ISO 26000:2010

Canada

SSC

English

 CAD                      231

 USD                      223

 EUR                       171

ISO 26000:2010

Chile

INN

Spanish

 CLP               49.500

 USD                         94

 EUR                          74

NCh-ISO 26000:2010

Costa Rica

INTECO

Spanish

 CRC               20.500

 USD                         41

 EUR                          31

INTE-ISO 26000:2010

Denmark

DS

English

 DKK                      780

 USD                      137

 EUR                       105

DS/ISO 26000:2010

Finland

SFS

Finnish

 EUR                      120

 USD                      156

 EUR                       120

SFS-ISO 26000

Finland

SFS

English

 EUR                      169

 USD                      220

 EUR                       169

ISO 26000:2010

France

AFNOR

French

 EUR                      121

 USD                      157

 EUR                       121

NF ISO 26000

Germany

DIN

German

 EUR                      119

 USD                      155

 EUR                       119

DIN ISO 26000

Germany

DIN

English

 EUR                      149

 USD                      194

 EUR                       149

DIN ISO 26000

Ireland

NSAI

English

 EUR                         80

 USD                      104

 EUR                          80

I.S. ISO 26000

Italy

UNI

English

 EUR                         91

 USD                      119

 EUR                          91

UNI ISO 26000:2010

Italy

UNI

Italian

 EUR                      109

 USD                      141

 EUR                       109

UNI ISO 26000:2010

Netherlands

NEN

English

 EUR                      119

 USD                      155

 EUR                       119

NEN-ISO 26000:2010 en

Netherlands

NEN

Dutch

 EUR                      139

 USD                      181

 EUR                       139

NEN-ISO 26000:2010 nl

Norway

SN

English

 NOK                     900

 USD                      151

 EUR                       116

NS-ISO 26000.2010

Norway

SN

Norwegian

 NOK                 1.043

 USD                      175

 EUR                       134

NS-ISO 26000.2010

South Africa

SABS

English

 ZAR                       324

 USD                         39

 EUR                          30

SANS 26000:2010

South Africa

SABS

English

 ZAR                  1.076

 USD                      129

 EUR                          99

ISO 26000:2010

Sweden

SIS

Swedish

 SEK                   1.255

 USD                      182

 EUR                       140

SS-ISO 26000:2010

Switzerland

ISO

English

 CHF               192,00

 USD                      205

 EUR                       157

ISO 26000:2010

Switzerland

ISO

French

 CHF               192,00

 USD                      205

 EUR                       157

ISO 26000:2010

Switzerland

ISO

Spanish

 CHF               192,00

 USD                      205

 EUR                       157

ISO 26000:2010

Turkey

TSE

English

 TRY                294,00

 USD                      156

 EUR                       120

ISO 26000:2010

UK

BSI

English

 GBP                      100

 USD                      155

 EUR                       119

BS ISO 26000:2010

USA

ASQ

English

 USD                      169

 USD                      169

 EUR                       130

ASQ/ANSI/ISO 26000-2010

USA

ANSI

English

 USD                      223

 USD                      223

 EUR                       171

ISO 26000:2010

USA

ANSI

French

 USD                      223

 USD                      223

 EUR                       171

ISO 26000:2010 [F]


 

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