International standards

There are a number of national and international standards on social responsibility and sustainable development:

  • OHSAS 18001 – Occupational health and safety management sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management good practice
  • ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management systems is presently under development. IOSH members can find out more about ISO 45001 under MyIOSH
  • ISO 26000:2010 – Social responsibility provides guidance on integrating, implementing and promoting socially responsible behaviour throughout an organisation
  • ISO 27500:2016 – The human-centred organization sets out the principles of, and makes recommendations for, policies for executive board members to optimise performance, minimise risk to organisations and individuals, maximise wellbeing in the organisation, and enhance customer relationships
  • ISO 20400: 2017 – Sustainable procurement identifies procurement as a key aspect of social responsibility and aims to provide guidance on how to achieve sustainable objectives with your supply chain
  • Social Accountability International (SAI) has produced SA8000, which aims to provide an auditable voluntary standard, based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights and ILO Conventions, to improve workplace conditions.