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ISO 26000 - A Standardized View on Corporate Social Responsibility

Practices, Cases and Controversies

  • Samuel O. Idowu
  • Catalina Sitnikov
  • Lars Moratis


  • Provides a detailed and balanced introduction to the ISO 26000 standard for social responsibility (SR)

  • Presents the key aspects and most debatable issues regarding the ISO 26000

  • Includes various cases and practical examples of the standard's implementation

  • Discusses country-specific variations and their approaches to certification


Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Cătălin Mihail Barbu, Monica Logofătu, Camelia Olari
      Pages 29-45
    3. Diana Iulia Popa, Dan-Cristian Dabija
      Pages 81-92
  3. Part II

  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Rafael Mattos Deus, Bruno Michel Roman Pais Seles, Karina Rabelo Ogasawara Vieira, Rosane Aparecida Gomes Battistelle
      Pages 207-219
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-225

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive and detailed introduction to the ISO 26000 standard for social responsibility (SR) in businesses and corporations. In addition to discussing the standard’s focus on various stakeholders and seven core topics, the book underscores its key aspects and most debatable issues, with a focus on its connection to sustainable business practices. It presents numerous cases and practical examples of the ISO 26000’s implementation and discusses the outcomes and lessons learned, in terms of the extent to which organizations can envision practicing CSR in ways that fit their activities, stakeholders and environment.
Lately, the ISO 26000 has proved to offer an interesting and important approach to the standardization of (corporate) social responsibility. Approached and perceived as a voluntary standard that does not include any specific requirements, determining the best way to implement and work with it involved a considerable amount of experimentation. This book showcases the current state of application and discusses how different countries have developed their own specific versions of the standard, which organizations can use to certify their SR processes.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Samuel O. Idowu
    • 1
  • Catalina Sitnikov
    • 2
  • Lars Moratis
    • 3
  1. 1.Guildhall Faculty of Business and LawLondon Metropolitan UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Economics & Business AdministrationUniversity of CraiovaCraiovaRomania
  3. 3.Antwerp Management SchoolNHTV Breda University of Applied ScienceAntwerpBelgium

About the editors

Samuel O Idowu is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Corporate Social Responsibility at London Guildhall School of Business & Law, London Metropolitan University, UK. He researches in the fields of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and Accounting and has published in both professional and academic journals since 1989. He is a freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Samuel is the Deputy CEO and First Vice President of the Global Corporate Governance Institute. He has led several edited books in CSR, is the Editor-in-Chief of two Springer’s reference books – the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility and an Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also a Series Editor for Springer’s books on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance. One of his edited books won the most Outstanding Business Reference book Award of the American Library Association (ALA) in 2016 and another was ranked 18th in the 2010 Top 40 Sustainability Books by, Cambridge University, Sustainability Leadership Programme. Samuel is a member of the Committee of the Corporate Governance Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management (BAM). He is on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Business Administration, Canada and Amfiteatru Economic Journal, Romania. Samuel has delivered a number of Keynote Speeches at national and international conferences and workshops on CSR and has on two occasions 2008 and 2014 won Emerald’s Highly Commended Literati Network Awards for Excellence. To date, Samuel has edited several books in the field of CSR, Sustainability and Governance and has written four forewords to books. Samuel has served as an external examiner to the following UK Universities – Sunderland, Ulster, Anglia Ruskin and Plymouth. He is currently an external examiner at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Teesside University, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Catalina Sitnikov is a professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at University of Craiova, Romania. Her research and teaching interst is on topics such as Quality Management, Strategic Management, Management and Corporate Social Responsibility. She is co-operating in projects with national and international universities and organizations. 

Lars Moratis is Academic Director of the Competence Center Corporate Responsibility at Antwerp Management School, Professor of Corporate Social REsponsibility at Antwerp Management School, and Professor of Sustainable Business at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. He has published several books and various articles in both academic and practitioner-oriented journals on topics such as CSR strategy development and implementation, CSR standards and standardization processes (including ISO 26000), the credibility of corporate CSR claims. sustainable business models, and responsible management education. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility. 

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