You’ld Be Surprised How Much it Costs to Look this Cheap! A Case-Study on ISO 26000

Presented at TILEC: Tilburg Law and Economics Centre 7-8 November 2013

28 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2014

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Geert van Calster

K.U. Leuven

Stephanie Bijlmakers

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Date Written: February 14, 2014

Abstract

This chapter examines the cost-benefit for ISO 26000. The first section of the chapter goes back to the origins of the standard to determine what made ISO embark on the project and why ISO 26000 was developed as a non-certifiable guidance standard. The second section examines whether ISO 26000, and standardization of SR in the broader sense, is appropriate to further the sustainable development agenda, and what role ISO can and cannot /should not play in same. The argument holds that the money spent on developing and procuring the standard may have been more efficiently spent elsewhere, that is on alternative processes of SR governance that promise to, and actually make companies' clock tick: the pursuit of civil tort liability cases against subsidiaries and holding companies before jurisdictions in the 'developed' world.

Keywords: CSR, ISO, Standardisation

JEL Classification: K23, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

van Calster, Geert and Bijlmakers, Stephanie, You’ld Be Surprised How Much it Costs to Look this Cheap! A Case-Study on ISO 26000 (February 14, 2014). Presented at TILEC: Tilburg Law and Economics Centre 7-8 November 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465950 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2465950

Geert Van Calster (Contact Author)

K.U. Leuven ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.gavc.be

Stephanie Bijlmakers

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies ( email )

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Leuven, B3000
Belgium

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