By JIMOH BABATUNDE & NAOMI UZOR
Federal Government has reiterated its commitment towards the implementation of ISO 26000 as Standard Organisation of Nigeria launches guidance standard on Social Responsibility practices in the country.
The launch was done by SON in collaboration with her knowledge partner, Thistle Praxis Consulting (TPC) recently in Lagos.The Social Responsibility Standard is an internationally-adopted industrial standards, aimed at improving the quality of lives as well as social interactions of citizens, especially in developing nations.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Dr Olusegun Aganga, who was represented at the event by Mr Jim Obaze of Nigeria Reporting Standards of Nigeria gave the assurance during the launch of the Standard in Lagos state said the process, which hitherto had been adopted by different countries of the world several years ago, was adopted in Nigeria in 2010, noting that it is an important instrument to strengthen democracy as well as ensuring social dialogue.
”It will be very useful as a more objective reference of what is expected from companies and Organisations as a whole regarding their socially-responsible performance, which goes beyond compliance with the law and philanthropic practices”, he stated.
According to the Minister, the federal government in line with its transformation agenda is prepared to provide necessary support and encouragement for its ministries, departments and agencies to ensure due application of the standards a guide in their social responsibility bahaviours.
While noting that one of the challenges of the SON, which is the custodian of the standards, is creating necessary awareness for the policy, Aganga urged the agency to develop training modules on the standard and paying more attention to small and medium scale enterprises.
Responding, the Director General, SON, Dr Joseph Odumodu noted that the introduction of ISO 26000 Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility in Nigeria is designed to benchmark behaviuorial patterns of corporate bodies in line with international standard practice.
“With this, we will benchmark behaviours of different organisations in both private and public sectors.”