ISO 26000 is to assist organizations in contributing to sustainable development. It is to encourage them to go beyond legal compliance, recognizing that compliance with law is a fundamental duty of any organization and an essential part of their social responsibility.
In applying ISO 26000, it is advisable that an organization take into consideration societal, environmental, legal, cultural, political and organizational diversity, as well as differences in economic conditions, while being consistent with international norms of behaviour.
ISO 26000 is not a management system standard. It is not intended or appropriate for certification purposes or regulatory or contractual use.