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ISO International Standards for Project Directors

ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality.

A Project Director (PD) should have a deep understanding and knowledge of the following ISO norms or International Standard frameworks:

ISO/IEC 26000: Corporate Governance

This standard provides guidelines for Social Responsibility (SR) or “socially responsible behaviour”. It covers seven “core subjects”:

  • Organisational governance
  • Human rights
  • Labour practices
  • The environment
  • Fair operating practices
  • Consumer issues
  • Community involvement and development
ISO 26000 provides guidance rather than requirements, so it is not certificable  unlike some other well-known ISO standards. Instead, it helps clarify what social responsibility is, helps businesses and organizations translate these principles into effective actions and shares best practices relating to Social Responsibility (SR), globally. It is aimed at all types of organizations regardless of their activity, size or location.


ISO/IEC 27014: Information Security Governance (ISG)

ISG can be described as an integral element of corporate governance by helping to achieve strategic alignment alignment with business objectives assign responsibility with business objectives, assign responsibility
and decision making capability, and comply with legislation and regulations. 
It aligns information security with business objectives, and requires end enforces compliance with laws and regulations as well as information security policies and as well as information security policies and should be implemented using a risk management approach (ISO 27005 and ISO 31000). 

Other International Standards and Frameworks

Take in account that ISO 21500 (Project Management), ISO 10006 (Quality specifications in Project Management) and ISO 31000 (Risk Management) are covered at

In addition, there are also some interesting Commercial Frameworks (not ISO) such as PRINCE2®, PMBOK®, SCRUM and Agile Projects methods (you can get deeper into them in our 6.Frameworks article category).

As a Project Director, are you planning to implement ISO Standards?

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