IQNet SR 10 - 

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The publication of the ISO 26000 International Standard Guidance on Social Responsibility has had a definite impact on society and, in particular, in the way in which organisations relate to their stakeholders. ISO 26000 is an extremely useful guide that details the basic principles
on which all organisations’ social responsibility must be grounded.

However, this standard does not contain provisions for determining the minimum requirements for the practical implementation of the social responsibility principles and cannot be certified by organisations that are willing to demonstrate compliance with such principles. Organisations need models to support them integrating the recommendations, guidelines and principles of ISO 26000 in their daily business.

IQNet SR 10 is an international specification, developed by IQNet Association and its Partners based on the RS10 specification issued by AENOR Spain. It is aimed to integrate social responsibility management into organisations’ business strategy and to communicate the achievements obtained through certification.

The success of these tools is due to its features meeting all of organisations’ expectations, large ones and SMEs, public and private, and from all sectors; both for companies that are starting to implement their corporate social responsibility strategy, and those who are already halfway there and now need to integrate the actions they have been working on into their daily operations. This tool is extremely useful for organisations that wish to move forward from generating employment and wealth to also developing sustainably, from customer focused to focused on their stakeholders, and from merely drafting and executing social responsibility plans that stand alone from the rest of their business policies and strategies towards integrating social responsibility into their organisations' global strategy.

In addition to those mentioned above, other characteristics that contribute to the success of IQNet SR 10 are:
  • It is based on the principles and directives detailed in the international recommendations made by the ILO, UN, EU and on the general principles of social responsibility, which integrates financial-economic management and good governance issues, along with environmental and social matters;
  • Includes the principles, directives and recommendations established in the International Standard ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility*;
  • It is based on the Deming Cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) of continuous improvement, so that it can be complemented and integrated with other management systems, such as quality management systems (ISO 9001), environmental management systems (ISO 14001), occupational health and safety (OHSAS 18001), social accountability management systems (SA8000) to name a few;
  • It is complementary to other initiatives focused on concrete stakeholders such as GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit), etc.
* Note: Although ISO 26000 was used as a basis for the establishment of this specification, its implementation and certification cannot be used by an organisation to claim conformity to ISO 26000.

The IQNet SR 10 Specification

The IQNet SR 10 specification establishes requirements for defining, implementing, maintaining and improving a social responsibility management system, so as to integrate social responsibility within all the organizations and to contribute to sustainable development, taking into account stakeholders’ needs and expectations to show the capacity of an organization to fulfill, through an ethical and transparent behavior:

a) Applicable legal requirements

b) The requirements established in this specification

c) The social responsibility policy, the objectives and the requirements
established by the organization with respect to its stakeholders

d) Those other own voluntary requirements related to social responsibility
adopted by the organization.

To obtain a copy of the IQNet SR 10 specification, please access the related information section.