International Organisation for Standardization

​ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, and the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.
​The first ever ISO Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility, ISO 26000, was published in November 2010. This represents an important new level of international attention to the issue of reporting, and is aligned with GRI’s mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice. GRI participated in the development of ISO 26000. Following the launch of the standard, GRI published a linkage document that highlights the synergies between the GRI disclosures and the ISO subject areas – GRI and ISO 26000: How to use the GRI Guidelines in conjunction with ISO 26000.

ISO and GRI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 5 September 2011, to increase their cooperation. The MoU between ISO and GRI is intended to leverage the activities of the two organizations related to reporting and benchmarking by business and on sustainable development by sharing information on ISO standards and GRI programs, teaming up with other partners, participating in the development of new or revised documents, joint promotion and communication.