Governments & IOs



Societal Responsibility


Societal Responsibility (SR, a larger version of “social responsibility”) is an all-encompassing term that links institutions to the direct consequences of their actions upon the natural and human environments. Taking its roots in a multitude of historical notions such as ecology, social equality and fair trade, SR gradually occupies a central concern in governmental policies as much as local services. Nowadays, as public enterprises are working closely with the private and civil sectors, the precepts of sustainability and social equity are being mainstreamed throughout the networks. A most welcomed development.


Translated into an array of specific indicators, these measures are available for any ministry or public enterprise to mainstream their processes in the areas of sustainability, social equity and good governance. This seminar presents the origin and evolution of Societal Responsibility, the systems and measures used to incorporate it into the public enterprise, the contribution of internal and external partners, and the various SR strategies to choose from for a positive national and international impact.


This training covers:


  • Origins and history of SR
  • SR today and its main components
  • Measurability, criteria and indicators
  • SR reporting
  • GRI and the Global Compact
  • OECD, ISO and other references
  • Various levels of SR engagement
  • Social entrepreneurship at the heart of government.