Astellas has contributed to identify, consider and evaluate the core subjects and issues of social responsibility addressed in ISO26000 and engaged in them.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental organization that sets international standards for all industrial fields except for electrical and electronic engineering. ISO26000 provides guidance to all types of organizations including corporate entities and is intended to assist these organizations in contributing to the sustainable development of global society.
Over a five-year period that began in 2005, a multi-stakeholder international working group comprising representatives from governments, industry, labor, consumers and various NGOs held discussions to determine the merits and an outline for guidance on social responsibility. The findings of this working group were officially announced in November 2010.
In addition to defining the scope of social responsibility, and in an effort to both identify and prioritize related issues, ISO26000 outlines the need to carefully consider the seven core subjects of organizational governance; human rights; labour practices; the environment; fair operating practices; consumer issues; and community involvement and development.