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A new Working Group to accomplish the task of developing an international standard on Social Responsibility was created, in September 2004, by ISO's Technical Management Board (ISO/TMB) to which the WG answer directly. The historical background is as follows:
In June 2004, ISO held a conference on social responsibility hosted by the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference drew 355 participants from 66 countries, including 33 developing countries, representing the major stakeholder groups: business, government, labour, consumers, and non-governmental organizations. The conference discussed whether ISO should proceed with work addressing the social responsibility of organizations and, if so, what form it should take. The decision in favour of developing an ISO guideline standard on SR was taken by the ISO/TMB at its meeting, just after the conference, on 24-25 June 2004. At its meeting, the TMB concluded on the basis of the consistent and supportive feedback from the conference that a further feasibility study was unnecessary and that the SR work should be undertaken immediately. It accepted the recommendations from the Strategic Advisory Group and addressed them in its resolution 35/2004 to launch ISO work on SR.
ISO national member bodies were asked to submit candidates for a twinned leadership and secretariat to the ISO working group on Social Responsibility, linking developed and developing countries. In September 2004 the secretariat duties was given to the national standardization bodies of Brasil (ABNT) and Sweden (SIS).
In October 2004, ISO issued a New Work item Proposal for development of a SR standard, to its member bodies for a three months voting period. For the proposal will be accepted if approved by a simple majority of the members voting and a commitment by at least five members to participate actively in the work.
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