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Update on the start of the so-called “Systematic Review” of ISO 26000 on 15 October 2013.
ISO national member bodies are requested to provide their opinions on the possible revision of the text
of ISO 26000 by 15 March 2014 at the latest.


Fast and Flawed Inspections of Factories Abroad, NYT, 2 September 2013 This article is worthwhile reading
because it describes in detail various factual cases how problematic factory inspection in Asian countries is.
It also puts a light on the role of major inspection companies like SGS, Intertek and Bureau Veritas.
The conclusion is easy: if audits are flawed certificates don’t have any value.


“We’re ISO 26000 Certified.” Say What?! A most interesting and quick read on a real situation in Armenia,
by Nazareth Seferian, CSR Armenia


Since ISO 26000:2010 will be subject to an “ISO systematic review” from October 2013 onwards it seemed
worthwhile to deliberate about features to be kept and to propose features that should be changed.
An article is available in English, headlined “Is ISO 26000 Ready for Revision”.
Among other sources, you find this article also at


Update of this website’s author’s credentials who was nominated “ISO 26000 representative of IFAN”, the
International Federation of Standards Users, effective July 2013.


Implementing ISO 26000 in Bangladesh The High Commission of Canada/Canada Bangladesh Chamber of
Commerce and Industry supported the bilingual publication of this excellent book elaborated by Reed
Consulting Bangladesh Ltd. It was first published in April 2013 and quickly needed a reprint after the first
5000 copies were in the hands of their users.


The 26k-issue-tool is now also available in Serbian, thanks to Dušan Stokic, Serbian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry; this may be useful also for ISO 26000 users in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia


The description of the review process has been updated; many thanks to Staffan Söderberg, Vice Chair of
ISO 26000 PPO (Post Publication Organization), for double-checking this with ISO Central Secretariat.


SGS Germany presents another case of misconceiving ISO 26000; they offer services talking about
measure social responsibility, audits, tests and requirements.
How can this happen in a globally acting service company?


The essential steps for a possible “systematic review” of ISO 26000:2010, scheduled for the end of 2013,
are outlined, so that everyone may be best prepared


Conceptos Efectivos is a micro-organization in Mexico. The CEO provides a message on the
efficient use of the 26k-issue-tool to identify those ISO 26000 recommendations where contributions
to the development of society seem feasible


Marmot’s dZi FOUNDATION empowers underserved Himalaya communities, a really good example of
contributing to the development of society, without relevance of ISO 26000


QSI America is another case of ISO 26000 misconception: they offer lead auditor courses and list ISO 26000 under
certifiable management system standards; thereby giving the impression that you could become a
“ISO 26000 lead auditor”


Information on the 26k-select software, which realizes the ISO 26000 User Guide and makes the use of
ISO 26000 easy and most efficient (for now with German user interface; the English edition will follow)
Information zur 26k-select Software, die die ISO 26000 Nutzerhinweise umsetzt und damit die Anwendung
von ISO 26000 leichter macht und höchst effizient gestaltet.
Diese Information ist auch beim 26k-Handlungsfelder-Werkzeug verfügbar.
Die 26k-select-Software mit englischer Benutzerführung ist in Vorbereitung.
The english edition of the 26k-select software is currently under preparation.


ACI Accredited Certification International Limited, Hong Kong issues an ACI-SR26000 certificate and gives
the impression as if ISO 26000 was certifiable: another kind of misuse


AJINOMOTO, a Japanese enterprise, demonstrates by an “ISO 26000 Content List” how they follow the
ISO 26000 recommendations in their current activities and how this relates to GRI; a very good example


Challenges and concerns with ISO 26000, by NORMAPME, at the ISO 26000 Open Forum in Geneva on 7
and 8 November 2012


There are three main reasons to put ISO 26000 in the public domain instead of forcing everyone to
purchase it, by Adam GreeneFor preceding updates, please go to Updates History.

For preceding updates, please go to Updates History.

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