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ISO 26000, vägledning för socialt ansvarstagande: Ett arbete om standardens utveckling och metoder för implementering
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There is a fairly new standard for social responsibility available, called ISO 26000, but so far there are only a few companies that actively work according to it. The purpose of this study was to examine why it is not used by more companies, what the difficulties are and how companies with active sustainability work considers themselves benefits from implementation. Consideration was made whether the web tool Worldfavor can make work with implementation easier. Methods of implementation were highlighted based on a practical study and an analysis interviewing 17 different actors related to social responsibility and sustainability. The main difficulties and disadvantages that participants experienced with ISO 26000 is that it is comprehensive, not certifiable, new, requires a lot of knowledge and resources and that the standard language and the interpretation of the standard can be difficult. This was also suggested as an explanation of why people choose not to work actively with the standard. Many participants saw the benefits in; a reference, a good tool, the structure provided, a holistic approach as well as to create better communication. Participants who are familiar with the tool believes that Worldfavor can make work with ISO 26000 easier and that it may get more companies to adapt to the standard. Participants are positive about the future development of both ISO 26000 and Worldfavor. The development of ISO 26000 seems to start to take off and there are many initiatives and opportunities for development of this standard and sustainability issues.

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2014. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
ISO 26000, social responsibility, Worldfavor
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90050OAI: diva2:725829
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Environmental Health
Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2014-06-17 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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