7 principles of Social Responsibility

The Get It Fair Framework, based on the OECD Guidelines and ISO 26000, shares a common base as both instruments refer to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, among others.

The OECD Guidelines provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct that is consistent with applicable laws and internationally recognized standards.

ISO 26000, for its part, describes seven principles for social responsibility in Clause 4, which every organization should respect and apply.

Accountability

Responsible organizations are accountable for their impacts on society, the economy and the environment.

Accountability involves an obligation on management to be answerable to the controlling interests of the organization and on the organization to be answerable to legal authorities with regard to laws and regulations.

Transparency

Responsible organizations are transparent in their decisions and activities that impact on society and the environment.

Responsible organizations disclose in a clear, accurate and complete manner, and to a reasonable and sufficient degree, the policies, decisions and activities for which they are responsible. This information should be readily available, directly accessible and understandable to those who have been, or may be, affected in significant ways by the organization. It should be timely and factual and be presented in a clear and objective manner so as to enable stakeholders to accurately assess the impact that the organization’s decisions and activities have on their respective interests.

Ethical behaviour

Responsible organizations behave ethically.

An organization’s behaviour should be based on the values of honesty, equity and integrity. These values imply a concern for people, animals and the environment and a commitment to address the impact of its activities and decisions on stakeholders’ interests.

Respect for the stakeholder interests

Responsible organizations respect, consider and respond to the interests of their stakeholders.

They identify the stakeholders, assess and take into account the relative ability of stakeholders to contact, engage with and influence the organization, consider the views of stakeholders whose interests are likely to be affected by a decision or activity even if they have no formal role in the governance of the organization or are unaware of these interests.

Respect for rule of law

Responsible organizations accept that respect for the rule of law is mandatory.

The rule of law refers to the supremacy of law and, in particular, to the idea that no individual or organization stands above the law and that government is also subject to the law.

Respect for international norms of behaviour

Responsible organizations respect international norms of behaviour, while adhering to the principle of respect for the rule of law.

Respect for human rights

Responsible organizations respect human rights and recognize both their importance and their universality.

In situations where human rights are not protected, take steps to respect human rights and avoid taking advantage of these situations and, where the law or its implementation does not provide for adequate protection of human rights, adhere to the principle of respect for international norms