U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 260
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U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 260

Though there are numerous policies and practices regarding the management of organizational workforces, they are often duplicative, inconsistent, and unnecessarily conflicting across national borders. The development of unified and generalized approaches to workforce management by a Technical Committee will define the performance expectations and responsibilities of all professional HR groups that deploy human capital solutions to achieve their firms’ organizational goals in industries and sectors throughout the globe. These management system standards will fill the gap between existing national and transnational laws and private codes that individual organizations construct. These organizational standards must be specific, consistent, and measurable. The purpose of these standards is to facilitate efficient and reliable HR operations while avoiding undue restrictions or adverse impacts on the competition for and use of human resources.

The standard specifies the minimum effective approaches, measurements and metrics to perform essential workforce management practices. It may reduce the barriers to exchange (trade) of talent across regions by harmonizing the processes to physically move talent and the assessments of their competence (skills, knowledge, abilities, and results).

Individual organizations would then use the standards they felt relevant to their own needs, as a basis for creating their own organizational methodologies. These methodologies would be detailed and based on their core values and specific needs and would drive their position in the marketplace. Ultimately organizations that wish to maintain their unique cultures can choose not to follow either national or ISO standards. However, if an organization does choose to follow national or international standards, this decision must reflect the expectations of the owners (shareholders or members) that the operational leadership follow rational management approaches that maximize the wealth of the organization, taking due consideration of the effect of standardization on the culture of the organization.

In the fall of 2010, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), as an American National Standards Developing Organization, proposed to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) the creation of a global committee to develop human resource management standards. ANSI accepted this proposal and on behalf of the United States submitted it to the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) for voting and ratification. The ISO member nations approved the establishment of this global standards committee, granting it the designation Technical Committee 260.

Each nation that chooses to participate in the development of global HRM standards must assemble a "mirror" committee of their own national experts. In the U.S., this is called a Technical Advisory Group ("U.S. TAG"). The US TAG consists of representatives of organizations across various interest groups, including but not limited to general interest, academic, government and consultant/legal. These organizational members develop the position of the United States toward any HRM standards being developed at ISO. This committee also proposes global standards projects that have originated in the United States. From this TAG will be drawn delegates who will represent the United States at international meetings.

The TAG consists of two categories of membership: Expert member and Observer member.Expert members are required to attend committee meetings (held in-person and by virtual meeting and teleconference support), develop the United States' point of view toward any global standard under consideration, and ultimately will have the authority advise the United States' ISO representative. Please note that there may be only one primary member and multiple alternate members from a particular organization . Observer members are advised of the committee activities, and may attend meetings and submit comments for consideration.

If your organization is interested in joining the U.S. TAG to ISO TC 260 for Human Resource Management, please complete a membership application at the link in the table below. Once your admission has been confirmed, a notification of this admission and of other procedural matters will soon follow. Please note that consensus body and TAG size (including working groups) will be taken into consideration when developing the final membership roster.

The next regular meeting of members of the U.S. TAG to ISO TC 260 will be Sunday, June 22, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  This is an in-person meeting; a teleconference option will also be available.

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U.S. TAG for ISO TC 260 Human Resource Management
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