DAO DNA: ISO 26000

Hi, all. Just wanted to throw out another modest proposal, namely that Distributed Autonomous Organizations should include an aspiration to behave according to ISO Standard 26000. As Wikipedia describes it, 26000 is an "International Standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR) named ISO 26000 or simply ISO SR. Its goal is to contribute to global sustainable development, by encouraging business and other organizations to practice social responsibility to improve their impacts on their workers, their natural environments and their communities."

26000 is not prescriptive--at least, not as it stands. There's currently no way to say that your organization is "ISO 26000 compliant." This is by design. This is not to say that some metrics for testing DAO behaviour against the standard couldn't be developed. If they could be, then 26000 might function somewhat like Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, but for organizations rather than singletons.

The simplest implementation right now would be to provide a link in smart contracts to the standard or a good summary of it. Again, this would not be prescriptive but would provide signatories to a smart contract access to the latest thinking on what socially responsible conduct by organizations looks like. To put that more clearly, it would be a statement of the ethical stance of the DAO, at least its public stance, and hence an indication of what to expect from it for partners who don't have the time or skills to review its actual code.
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