Social responsibility ?

There are many terms and definitions relating to Social Responsibility. Many of these definitions share some common features. Following a review of the national and international literature and a public consultation, the Interdepartmental Commission on Sustainable Development has opted for the following definitions:

In Belgium

“Corporate social responsibility is a process of improvement through which enterprises integrate social, environmental, and economic considerations in their management in a voluntary, systematic and consistent manner in consultation with their stakeholders."

Source: Cadre de référence, 29 March 2006, p.11 [translator’s note: p. 7, not 11:] 


“Responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that

  •  contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society;
  • takes into account the expectations of stakeholders;
  • is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour; and
  • is integrated throughout the organization and practised in its relationships”

Source: ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, 10 November 2010