Does it pay to be irresponsible?

ISO, the International Standards Organisation, is developing a standard (ISO26000) on responsibilty. After 7 years of meetings, a draft for public comment has been issued. This has been a painful process.

However it is about to get even more painful since the ISO Council has just decreed that the final version of the standard will be charged for –  depsite repeated requests from those developing it that it should be freely available. So those who want to use it will have to pay, limiting its take-up.

How responsible is that?