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Social responsibility

Organisations working in our sector strive to implement projects that have positive social and economic impacts, consider the political context, and are socially responsible.

Social responsibility (SR) is defined by ISO 26000 (n.d.) as the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment through transparent and ethical behaviour that:

  • Contributes to sustainable development, including the health and welfare of society
  • Takes into account the expectations of stakeholders
  • Is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour
  • Is integrated throughout the organisation and practised in its relationships

Your task

What are the key messages from ISO 26000 with respect to how our water supply and flood risk project is developed and implemented? Are you aware of any other guidance or legal frameworks relevant to the disaster and humanitarian sector that support the issues covered by ISO 26000?


ISO. (n.d.). ISO 26000 defines social responsibility. https://www.iso.org/files/live/sites/isoorg/files/archive/pdf/en/iso26000_sr.pdf

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