Definition | CSR
“Social responsibility (is the) 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”
ISO 26000 (2010)
Source: Austrian Standards Institute: ONR ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility (ISO 26000:2010), 2011
This is a very comprehensive definition, which includes all vital aspects of CSR. It shows that CSR is not only about the environment, but also about the stakeholders’ expectations, compliance with the law as well as ethical and transparent behaviour. Last but not least, this definition also shows the importance of the coordinated integration of CSR efforts throughout the organization and the relationships with the stakeholders.
In my opinion this is a really good definition because of its holistic perspective. It includes not only the environmental aspects but also the social and the law.
The most applicable definition to me, including all aspects that should be considered when we talk about what corporate social responsibility stands for and which aspects have to be taken into account.
I think this is a good definition of CSR. Not only does it include the society and the environment but also the law and all the important stakeholders, sustainability health, society and norms. In my opinion it’s a pretty complete definition and the best of the mentioned definitions. Also very important: this definition mentions the integration of CSR in the organisation.
I also think this definition describes CSR the best. This definiton can also be seen a little bit as a guidline for companies and organizations to act the right way.
Most applicable and precise definition for CSR. Everything is covered that is crucial and it is constructed to understand it quickly. It is the best definition to use as a baseline for further implementations for organizations.
This definition is a very well thought-out description of CSR. It connects several aspects and creates a very good basic understanding for companies. This definition is also very good because it shows that CSR concerns several areas and that the actions of a company are very wide-open.
I am truly a fan of this perfect definition, as it keeps in consideration a wide range of aspects – the society plus environment, the stakeholders in general, the legal perspective and others. Other definitions completely leave these points out.
This definition focuses on the relationships and Impacts of an organization, which are the most important aspects of social responsibility. This makes a broad understanding of the term not only possible, but also highlights how crucial such an approach is.
This is not only a good definition, it already provides (a small) guideline on how organisations have to act. A good starting point for companies/organisations to define their CSR work.
Really good definition for me too as it includes all the relevant aspects: environment, society and law. I specifically like that the definition includes the international norms of behaviour as I think norms are a good guideline and direction sign for companies.
Since ISO is arguably the best-known CSR regulation, it has a very modern definition that clearly structures and covers relevant content.
In my opinion this is a very good definition of CSR. It includes all relevent aspects and can be used as a a guidline, of how companies have to act in relation to corporate social responsibility.
This is a very good definition of Corporate Social Responsibility because it includes all important aspects which should be considered by a company. Moreover, this definition is very modern, well structured and takes into account social, legal and environmental aspects.
I really can follow this definition and it seems to me very applicable for further concepts developments!
This is a really good definition, because it includes all vital aspects of CSR. This definition is based on a sustainability mindset and focuses on a company’s engagement with its stakeholders and its commitment to socially and environmentally responsibility, which creates a very good understanding of CSR for companies.
This definition clearly points out the impact of certain activities on different environments and contributes with different bullet points to a 360 view of its effects.
In general I like the definition because it states very clearly what CSR is all about. But what I find “too much” is that it says that also health is included. I would rather say this depends on the company or business model. Different companies have different responsibilties towards health.
In think this is a very good definition, because it deals with an overall hollistic view on CSR and points out every aspect of it.
This one really includes every single aspect of CSR – at least as of today. It is a compact summary of all the different phases CSR has went through. As I think that CSR is still an ongoing process, I would not be surprised if more elements will have to be added to this definition over the next couple of years.
In my opinion this definition is remarkable, because it covers different aspects and points out the relevance of integrated CSR management.
I see it as more or less the fuller version of the latest definition from 2011 (“CSR (is) the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”), which I think extensively covers all the facets of CSR and also all the stakeholders, from employees to law courts and environment itself.
I would use the combination of these 2 definitions, a shorter and a longer one, if I would need to explain the concept and idea of CSR.
This is a very good definition because it also takes into account the impact organizations have on the society and environment with their day-to-day business.
This definition includes all relevant aspects of social responsibility. The definition refers to social
and ethical aspects but also to networking, norms and relationships. It provides a good
framework for companies.