Here you find the older updates, just for chronicle reasons.
2012-11-08 The most frequently asked questions and answers are here in English and German
2012-11-14 The “10 golden points on how to use ISO 26000” are available in French.
2012-10-17 Los “10 puntos de oro para usar la guía ISO 26000” estan ahora disponible también en español .
2012-10-16 Die “10 goldenen Punkte zur ISO 26000 Anwendung” gibt es nun auch auf Deutsch.
2012-10-14 The “10 golden points on how to use ISO 26000” are available in English.
2012-10-10 “ISO 26001, a management standard on social responsibility?” Perla Puterman, a widely known
management systems standards expert, has written this excellent article. It is available here in both
English and Spanish.
2012-09-25 CSR Europe held a workshop on ISO 26000 to exchange experiences made so far with its effective use.
The presentation “Using ISO 26000 in a structured way” was well received and can be downloaded.
Please see item 11 on the sub-site for slides.
2012-09-25 Certification failure: In Pakistan a factory burned down and caused over 300 dead workers; the factory had
been audited by the Italian Group RINA on behalf of SAI Social Accountability International and given an
2012-09-17 Addition of the ISO 26000 strengths and weaknesses in French.
2012-09-16 The description of the 26k-issue-tool in Czech language has been added.
2012-09-10 If you are interested in knowing more about the ISO 26000 strengths and weaknesses...
2012-09-03 The 26k-user-guide and its inherent 26k-issue-tool are now also available in Czech language.
2012-07-28 Step Ahead AG is a typical SME. With permission, their application of the completed 26k-issue-tool is
published here and may serve as a prime example for effectively using ISO 26000.
2012-07-25 DEKRA has certified shimadzu (Austria) to DIN 26000, a standard that does not exist. Another evident case of
misusing ISO 26000, and interesting to see the creativity of certification bodies.
2012-07-21 Another case of misconception of ISO 26000 is VORERST AG, Germany
2012-07-18 Different religions, different cultures and understandings show the limits of CSR/SR harmonization:
How an 8 years old boy is punished in Iran.
2012-07-17 INUR e.V. in Germany hands over to Quanteo a DIN ISO 26000 Certificate, another evident case
of misuse of ISO 26000
2012-07-07 SGS Austria, as another case of misconception, talks about “measurement of an organisation’s engagement”,
“auditing” and “requirements” of ISO 26000
2012-06-25 El documento “Tentaciones de la ISO 26000, Guía de Responsabilidad Social - Tentaciones, y por qué la
certificación es contraproducente para la Responsabilidad Social Sustancial” esta disponible ahora.
2012-06-18 Versuchungen des ISO 26000 - und weshalb Zertifizierung für substanzielle gesellschaftliche
Verantwortung kontraproduktiv ist
2012-06-04 Temptations of ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility − Temptations, and why
certification seems counter-productive to substantive social responsibility
2012-05-25 Fokus Prinzip, Austria, advertises ISO 26000 certification like an ONR 192500 certification: another case of
2012-05-24 Limasa in Malaga, Spain, received an ISO 26000 certificate (or an ISO 26000 evaluation certificate from BV,
another case of misconception
2012-02-14 ConceptosEfectivos, a Mexican micro-organization uses ISO 26000 successfully as orientation, another
good example applying the 26k-user-guide
2012-01-04 You may recall that the WG SR had been disbanded at the end of the Copenhagen meeting in May 2010. As a
replacement the PPO (Post Publication Organisation) was established in order to follow up the use and possible
misconceptions of ISO 26000, and to encourage the involved stakeholder groups to maintain their internal
In its November 2011 meeting the PPO has discussed the notified cases of misconceptions and misuse.
This feedback has how now been added to the related cases.
Further, two new cases of misconceptions have been identified and notified to ISO: Fuchs&Consorten (Germany) promoting a declaration of conformity, and WESSEM (The Netherlands) announcing that they will soon be
certified to ISO 26000.
2012-01-03 The 26k-issue-tool and its easy basic logic is now available also in Spanish
2011-12-27 A brilliantly summarizing article on the status of the project, written by William d’Allesandro, has been
additionally published on this website, with his permission.
2011-12-23 The 26k-issue-tool and its basic easy logic is now also available in French.
2011-12-22 The information on best prices to purchase the ISO 26000 guidance standard has been updated.
2011-12-20 The 26k-issue-tool and its basic easy logic are described in English and German; Spanish and French
2011-12-08 The European Commission's final draft "A renewed EU strategy 2011 - 2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility”
2011-12-07 The section on assessment and self-assessment has been restructured. Deliberations and practical
recommendations are now available in English, French, Spanish, and German.
2011-11-02 Bureau Veritas had included the non-certifiable ISO 26000 into a larger "single and global" certification package
for AIF-KLM, Air France Industries; misuse notification to ISO
2011-10-23 Expressing our sincere thanks to SSC, on behalf of the 26k website team, for the appreciation of the website’s contents.
2011-10-02 The site on "Assessment – Self-assessment" has been amended: the English version is now available.
2011-10-02 An Austrian misconception: Austrian Ferngas (OÖ. Ferngas Netz GmbH), a gas pipeline company, states to be
"ISO 26000 certified". This seems to be a cunning way: to be audited and certified against the Austrian national
standard ONR 192500, which transposes the ISO 26000 guidance into certifiable requirements, and thereafter
claim to be "ISO 26000 certified".
It will be interesting to see whether ISO tolerates this because it discredits the essence of ISO 26000 and any
further "ISO guidance standard".
See the details here.
2011-09-19 Deliberations and explanations on “Assessment - self-assessment” are now available in German, including a logo
for the indication of the successful use of ISO 26000.
The English and Spanish versions will follow soon
2011-09-18 Misconception: DNV gives the impression as if there was an ISO 26000 assessment and that
ISO 26000 is part of a certifiable package called "CSR performance Ladder”
2011-09-06 NEC prefers an ISO 26000 oriented stakeholder dialogue, not certification, a very good example
2011-09-04 Found a valuable article on Synergies between the new ISO Standard 26000 Guidance for social Responsibility and
the Earth Charter”.
2011-09-02 An extra page has been added for the 26k-issue-tool, a tool that allows to easily identify those ISO 26000
recommendations which would be worthwhile to follow.
2011-07-25 For the “NORMAPME ISO 26000 user guide for European SMEs” an English set of slides can be downloaded.
It may be helpful for getting a quick orientation.
Readers of this website may feel free using the slides for their own purposes.
2011-07-23 The "NORMAPME ISO 26000 user guide for European SMEs" is now also available in French and Spanish.
2011-07-22 The “NORMAPME ISO 26000 user guide for European SME” is available. It addresses only those ISO 26000
recommendations that may be relevant for European SME.
2011-07-22 Die “NORMAPME ISO 26000 Nutzerhinweise für europäische KMU” sind verfügbar. Sie sprechen nur die
ISO-26000-Empfehlungen an, die für europäische Kleine und Mittlere Unternehmen relevant sein können.
2011-07-17 Publication of an article on “Trying to position ISO 26000”, resulting from an interview with the VDMA (Verband
Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) is one of the key association service
providers in Europe and offers the largest engineering industry network in Europe.
2011-07-14 Preparation for presenting the NORMAPME ISO 26000 user guide for European SME (small and
2011-07-06 Sorry for any inconveniences caused by broken links, so that downloadable files could not be downloaded any
more. That has now been fixed throughout the website.
2011-06-13 The good example of NCRCL, India, in helping ISO 26000 users applying the “guidance standard” correctly
has been added
2011-06-12 Restructuring the site on “Good examples, correct use of ISO 26000” into a main and three sub-sites for easier
access and maintenance
2011-06-07 For German readers: BWRMedia warnt vor ISO 26000 Zertifizierungen (English: BWRMedia cautions
against ISO 26000 Certification)
2011-04-22 The sheet on Best Prices for ISO 26000 has been updated
2011-04-03 German position paper on non-certification of ISO 26000, dated 2010-12, by government and industry; in view of
a uselessly continuing discussion of ISO 26000 certification this paper seems to be useful to know.
2011-03-30 Addition of a comprehensive ISO 26000 price list, where to get the document cheapest
2011-03-18 “Kinds of ISO 26000 misuse” are now also available in Spanish, thanks to the generous
support from Miguel in Buenos Aires
2011-03-17 In applying the 26k-User-Guide and its inherent 26k-Issue-Tool, there are two good examples of checking the
ISO 26000 recommendations with the reality of a micro-organization. It is a German pharmacy and a
German dental clinic. The main recognition is that the ISO 26000 may not maintain its claim to be really useful for
micro-organizations, when be reviewed in 2013. in other legal spaces this may be different but for Germany these
examples may be considered a benchmark.
2011-03-14 The ISO 26000 User Guide, including the 26k-issue-tool and related documents are now also available in
2011-03-07 Good example: Keidanren, the important Japanese Business Association, includes the relevant ISO 26000 parts
into their Charter and Implementation Guide, a brilliant solution for Keidanren, its members and everyone in the
world who wants to use this Charter and Implementation Guide.
2011-02-27 The slides on “Correct use of ISO 26000” are now available, thanks to the colleagues at IFAN (the world’s
Federation of standards users), in French language “Pour une bonne utilisation de la norme ISO 26000”.
2011-02-16 Inclusion of the ASQ price in the US for ISO 26000:2010, which is 128 Euro (169 US$), see Best Prices
2011-02-13 Four cases of misrepresentation and the Role of the ISO 26000 PPO Post-Publication-Organization;
with permission of Victor House, William D’Alessandro
2011-02-07 SAS, the Swiss accreditation services management systems group met and raised awareness to the SAS
accredited certification bodies that ISO 26000 is not for certification. Swiss TS, having issued such a certificate,
attended the meeting. See details.
2011-02-04 Thoughts on the future development of society related standards are open for discussion.
2011-02-04 The website has got a new structure, with the development phase of the ISO 26000 as “history”.
2011-02-04 Austrian Standards Institute offers ISO 26000:2010 in German or English for 98,40 Euro
2011-01-12 The language of ISO 26000 user guide in French has been reviewed and finally cleaned.
2010-12-30 The article “ISO 26000 applicability” is available in English
2010-12-20 Update of the Swiss TS case, see the “Final notes” at the end of this entry
2010-12-16 NSAI, the National Standards Authority of Ireland informed that their price for the ISO 26000 is 50 Euro,
the best price known so far
2010-12-16 Swiss TS with Co-op Winterthur (Switzerland) is a paramount example that shows how the guidance standard
is misused for certification; in the Swiss TS case ISO acted along the IAF/ISO communiqué promptly and
requested to withdraw the certificate
2010-12-16 reference is made to the ISO press release of 30 November 2010: It's crystal clear. No
certification to ISO 26000 guidance standard on social responsibility
2010-12-11 The 26k-User-Guide is now available in perfect French (thanks to Nuria for having corrected the preceding
Google translation. Please go to 26k-guide-d’utilisation.
2010-11-16 The IAF/ISO joint communiqué on acting against misuse of ISO 26000: IAF and ISO have decided to jointly
act against the misuse of ISO 26000 for certification; a really good development! IAF says that there will not be
any accredited certification, ISO will list certification bodies that promote or offer ISO 26000 certification.
2010-11-11 Die aktuelle deutsche Fassung der Nutzerhinweise einschließlich des Werkzeuges zum Identifizieren und
Selektieren der realistischerweise machbaren Handlungsfelder ist nun verfügbar.
The updated 26k-User-Guide is now available in German, including the 26k-issue-tool for identifying and
selecting those issues that can be readily achievable.
2010-11-10 A headline in Chile talks about ISO 26000 as a standard for certification
2010-11-08 Three prices found, varying between 139 and 195 Euro for one copy of ISO 26000
2010-10-29 The 26k-User-Guide with its inherent 26k-Issue-Tool are available now also in Spanish;
La 26k-Guia-del-Usuario, con su inherente 26k-Asuntos-Herramienta, estan disponibles ahora tambien.
2010-10-29 Best Price: 165€ was found for FDIS 26000, offered by DIN
2010-10-25 The WSBI (World Saving Banks Institute) comments on ISO/FDIS 26000 are available. Key statement:
The WSBI is not in a position to express its full and formal backing to FDIS 26000.
2010-10-17 The IOE (International Organisation of Employers) comments on ISO/FDIS 26000 are available for download.
Key statement: .... Thus, the IOE is unable to provide its full and formal backing for ISO (FDIS) 26000
and must withhold it support.
2010-10-17 The ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) comments on ISO/FDIS 26000 are available for download.
Key statement: ICC is unable to provide its “full and formal backing” of ISO (FDIS) 26000, and therefore
must withhold its support.
2010-10-16 Ahora tambien pueden descargarse las diapositivas sobre el “Uso correcto de la guía ISO 26000”.
2010-10-11 The updated 26k-User-Guide is available in English; it is based on ISO 26000 as published on
1 November 2010 and contains 18 concrete tips.
2010-10-07 Preparing a site for best prices to purchase ISO 26000, and one for listing organizations having expressed
their support for the 26k-User-Guide
2010-09-23 Availability of the slides on “Correct use of ISO 26000” in Norwegian language
2010-09-22 Ein Foliensatz “Korrekte Anwendung des ISO 26000” soll helfen, dass ISO 26000 ein wirklicher
2010-09-22 Availability of a short set of slides “Correct use of ISO 26000”; it may help making ISO 26000 a real success
2010-09-20 Inclusion of the final scope wording on non-certification into the site on “ Misconception and misuse”, and update
of the presentation of ACI Ltd., Hong Kong, as a most prominent case of misuse
2010-07-29 der NORMAPME-Entwurf zur Kommentierung des ISO/FDIS 26000 ist hier verfügbar, mit der
Kernaussage in deutscher Sprache; der NORMAPME-Entwurf ist Englisch. Die Abstimmungsfrist
läuft von 12. Juli bis 12. September 2010
2010-07-29 NORMAPME has made its draft comments on ISO/FDIS 26000 available; the two-months
voting period lasts from 12 July to 12 September 2010
2010-05-18 The User Guide is now available in French as “Manuel d’Utilisation ISO 26000” jointly with the
check tool as “Outil de Vérification”.
2010-05-10 Showing the way how to get the “ISO 26000 User Guide” in other languages than
English, Spanish, French or German
2010-05-05 Misconception and misuse: The Corporativo Grupo Tampico informs that
“Now, it will be our objective to obtain an ISO 26000 certificate...”
2010-05-04 The Vanheede Envirnomental Group misconceives ISO 26000 by envisaging an ISO 26000 audit
2010-05-03 Mondial Movers receives ISO 26000 Leader Award, from DHV, an interesting case of
misconceiving and thereby misusing ISO 26000
2010-05-03 The “ISO 26000 User Guide” and its “Check Tool” are now also available in
German as “Nutzungshinweise” mit zugehöriger “Checkliste” and in
Spanish as “Guía del Usuario ISO 26000” y su “Herramienta de Empleo”
2010-04-17 The “Lean Swing”; or: Will ISO 2600 cause an increase of (over-)administration or an increase of
substantial contributions to Social Responsibility? (English, Spanish, German)
2010-04-07 Availability of the “ISO 26000 User Guide” and its “Check Tool”
2010-04-05 Amendment of chapter “The main misconceptions about ISO 26000”
2010-03-24 Added a good example: The carpenter on the Swabian Alps
2010-03-06 A few examples of incorrect announcements or use have been added under Misuse of ISO 26000
2010-03-01 The introduction to the BIAC comments on ISO/DIS 26000 are now also available in Spanish; the comments in
detail are in English
2010-02-24 The BIAC comments on ISO/DIS 26000 are available in English and German; BIAC is the Business and
Industry Advisory Committee of the OECD; the DIS is not supported to advance towards FDIS.
2010-02-21 Introduction of “categories” or KINDS of MISUSE of ISO 26000, which are open for discussion.
2010-02-21 Availability of the IFAN comments on ISO/DIS 26000. Also the International Federation of Standards Users
proposes a second DIS, see the English, Spanish or German site.
2010-02-16 Availability of the IOE position on ISO/DIS 26000, which expresses also not to support advancing the
document to the next FDIS stage. De facto, IOE proposes a second DIS. See the English, Spanish and
2010-02-14 Availability of the ICC position on ISO/DIS 26000, which expresses not to support advancing the document to
the next FDIS stage. The International Chamber of Commerce proposes a second DIS. See the English,
Spanish or German site.
2010-02-xx Redesign of the site on “Misuse” and adding sites on “How to use ISO 26000”, which will be completed in time
2010-01-25 Updates on the misuse site: Reminder to ACI Hong Kong; the NSAI (ISO member body of Ireland) website
is now correct as regards ISO 26000
2010-01-22 Who are the experts and who will finally approve the guidance standard; and why is this
important to know? Observations by Rolf Schneider, US Industry expert to WG SR.
2010-01-18 NORMAPME is the European association of SMEs for Standardization and represents over 12 million
enterprises in all European countries. NORMAPME calls for the rejection of the current DIS text. The
information is available in English, Spanish and German.
2010-01-18 An ISO 26000 sales estimation is available, summing up at 1 billion Euro in the first 3 to 5 years
2010-01-12 There is a Swedish Letter sent to various ISO member bodies, judging the DIS sufficiently mature and
announcing the Swedish vote in favor; it deserves a comparison with known facts, please see the English,
Spanish or German entry
2010-01-13 Paul Hohnen, GRI, has published an interesting article that the passage of the DIS is by far not certain, please
see the English, Spanish or German entry
2010-01-03 Amendment of proposed comments on ISO/DIS 26000 by describing features of an “ISO 26000 compact” in
English, Spanish, and German, a condensed document that wouldn’t exceed 30 pages