Organizations, including businesses, do not exist in a vacuum. Every organization is embedded in a wider web of societal, political, and environmental systems, that spans from smaller local networks to expansive and complex global systems.
As IAG puts it:
“Sustainability is neither a program nor an initiative, it’s considered simply good management.”
This statement recognizes the link between an organization and the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the communities in which they operate.
An organization’s relationship to the society and wider environment in which they exist and operate is a key factor in their ability to succeed and thrive. It can also be an insight into their general performance.
ISO 26000 is a set of guiding principles for businesses and organizations to use to steer them in a more socially responsible direction.
In order to better contribute to the health and welfare of their supporting societies and environments, businesses must enforce principles of ethical and transparent behaviour.