Why does CAP conseil host this website?

CAP conseil is the only private actor that followed the drafting process of the guidelines ISO 26000 in the Belgian delegation from 2005 to 2010.

CAP was nominated as ISO official presenter for Belgium and is still part of the post-publication organisation of ISO on the international scene.

CAP was mandated by the Belgian Public service on Sustainable development to organise the Belgian launching conference on ISO 26000  on April 1st, 2010. Click here to find the highlights of this conference: programme, speakers, videos.

How can I progress with ISO 26000?

The goal of ISO 26000 is to encourage organizations from all over the world to change their operating practices to improve their environmental and social impacts.

Unfortunately, the text of the ISO 26000 Guidelines on Social responsibility is not available for free. You can purchase it on www.iso.org/sr . We encourage you to buy your own licensed copy to start your work, the text, even if 100 pages long, is well written and fluent to understand, with a lot of illustrations, suggestions and references to other tools and standards.

If you would like to be accompanied in your progress, CAP conseil proposes you various services related to ISO 26000:

  • Diagnostic : a overview of your current activities and SR policies, benchmarked with the recommendations of the ISO 26000 guidelines.
  • Policy and strategy : the definition of the most material axes of your strategy in order to include the core issues of ISO 26000
  • Action plan : the choice of the most important actions to undertake in order to align your current practices with the guidelines
  • Reporting : definition of the dimensions to monitor, choice of the adequate indicators, link with the GRI reporting and the UN Global Compact COP – Comunication on progress
  • Training : in-house or during public sessions

How did ISO 26000 emerge?

ISO 26000 is the fruit of a 6-year Working Group (www.iso.org/wgsr) piloted by ISO – the International Standards Organisation, based in Geneva. This Working Group managed to concentrate the views and consensus of 6 categories of actors: government, industry, labour, consumers, NGOs, and consulting/academic organizations (“SSRO” – support, service, research and others)

It was the biggest multi-stakeholder process ever, gathering over 400 experts and observers from 2005 to 2010 from almost 100 countries. Each member country of ISO was asked to send a delegation composed of the same 6 categories. Those were then part of these categories in the international Working Group. The national experts went to the international sessions and reported back in their country through a « mirror-committee ».

How is it organised in Belgium?

In Belgium, the mirror committee was directed by the NBN – Belgian Standards Organisation. It had to give feedback on the progress, emit text modifications and eventually vote on the draft standard.

Belgium struggled with the setting up of its mirror committee and of it delegation. The most active members in the delegation were :

  • Government :  the PODDO  – public service for sustainable development
  • Industry : Exxon, CAP conseil (representing SMEs)
  • Consumers : CRIOC
  • SSRO : CAP conseil

Belgium voted « YES » to the publication of the guidelines.

Since 2010, many trainings and projects have started in Belgium. Private companies find in ISO 26000 an interesting way to check whether their current (CSR) practices and policies are ambitious and focused enough, and public authorities use I as a reference to organise progress in their own organisations! (Ministries of Social Affairs, Finance, Sustainable Development, Justice,  Economy).

To this day, we are waiting for NGOs, universities, trade unions and federal organisations to embark on the journey!

Latest news

In November 2012, ISO gathered a meeting to analyse the uptake and reactions 2 years after the publication of the Standard.