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Issue Briefing Note: Perceptions and Definitions of Social Responsibility May 2004 The ISO and Corporate Social Responsibility
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This is one of three Issue Briefing Notes produced by a partnership of six sustainable development-oriented non-governmental organizations, including three international organizations and three organizations based in developing countries. The partners are the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the International Institute for Environment and Development, IUCN – The World Conservation Union, the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, Development Alternatives and Recursos e Investigación para el Desarrollo Sustentable. The Issue Briefing Notes present a general overview of three issues that deserve particular attention in discussions on the possible development by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for international Social Responsibility standards. They address issues related to small and medium-sided enterprises (SMEs); stakeholder capacity to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR); and national differences in CSR definitions and priorities. While written with an international focus, the papers are drawn particularly on insights from Chile, India and South Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.iisd.org/standards/csr.asp © 2004 International Institute for Sustainable Development, International Institute for Environment and Development, IUCN – The World Conservation Union, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship, Development Alternatives and Recursos e Investigación para el Desarrollo Sustentable. Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development International Institute for Sustainable Development 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3B 0Y4 Web site: http://www.iisd.org E-mail: info@iisd.ca This paper was produced with the financial assistance of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. ii
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Summary of key points • This paper does not seek to describe in detail what “social responsibility” (SR) means in different countries. Instead, it demonstrates that conceptions of what constitutes a “responsible” organization or enterprise inevitably differ between and within countries, and outlines the fundamental reasons for this. • Conceptions of SR differ according to national social and economic priorities—which are themselves influenced by historical and cultural factors—and according to the different types of social actors that are demanding action on these priorities. • The terminology used to refer to social responsibility is important, having particular connotations in different locations and constituencies. •Awareness of and interest in SR vary widely between and within
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