CSR and Sustainable Development
All organizations -- be they from the public sector, private sector, or civil society (e.g., non-governmental organizations, or NGOs) -- can make significant contributions to sustainable development (SD). As defined by the Brundtland Commission, SD is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In 2010, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the international standard ISO 26000, which reaffirms the point that all organizations can make contributions to SD by defining a socially responsible organization (any type of organization) as 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, 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 practiced in its relationships. The Government of Canada, working with a cross section of other Canadian public sector, private sector and civil society stakeholders, approved ISO 26000 in its final form. Including Canada’s support, ISO 26000 was approved by 93% of the participating national member bodies of ISO (66 of 71).
As used by the Ryerson University Institute for the Study of CSR, and consistent with the above discussion, corporate social responsibility is regarded as the private sector contribution to sustainable development, with explicit recognition that for there to be effective, multi-generational and global sustainability, all three of government, the private sector, and civil society must play important roles. The Institute has been established to understand the roles and interplay of government, the private sector and civil society in contributing to sustainable development. The Institute is dedicated to becoming a Centre of Excellence on social responsibility issues, producing and disseminating high quality SR research, holding events that explore how SR can be effectively implemented and the challenges associated with such implementation, and to bringing together actors from government, private sector, and civil society (including academia) for constructive learning on social responsibility. The Institute is inter-disciplinary in nature, involving research associates from across the many faculties of Ryerson University.
The Institute is located in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
Ryerson CSR Institute videos
Ryerson CSR Institute talk: "Good Faith, Honesty and the Bhasin v. Hrynew Decision: Where to From Here?"- April. 28, 2017
Ryerson CSR Institute talk: State & Non-state Regulatory Innovations: Learning from Conflict - March. 8, 2017
Ryerson CSR Institute talk:The Resource Curse & What Firms Can Do About It March. 7, 2017
Ryerson CSR Institute talk: The Rise in Mining Conflict: What Lies Beneath? December 13, 2016
Ryerson CSR Institute: A Human Rights Primer for Mining Personnel - July 5, 2016
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