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The ISO 26000 guidelines manifest a break-through in the field of certification. This is the only “not for certification” regulation in which essential consensus was achieved based on the nature of CSR: the standard can be used only as a recommendation, it is voluntary and cannot be used for obligatory certification purposes.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set up a working group, which reached an agreement in November 2010 and issued guidelines setting a conceptual and structural framework for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The guidelines were adopted by non-unanimous votes, but with no strong opposition to its fundamental premises. Led by the Swedish and Brazilian ISO teams, more than 2,000 experts with different backgrounds (consultancy, NGOs, associations) and from different countries took part in developing this document. They recognised existence of different national standards and were united by the common goal: promote the brand, the vision and common terminology.