“Social responsibility is the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour”
(Guidance Standard on Social Responsibility, ISO 26000)
The Social Research Centre is dedicated to creating world-class social research solutions to support informed decision-making on contemporary social issues. At the heart of our mission is a commitment to conducting ethically sound research and to behave in a socially responsible manner. We extend this commitment to all of our stakeholders – our staff and others within the research community that we collaborate with, the people who participate in the research we undertake, and those that we conduct research for. This is demonstrated through our governing principles which include:
We are currently participating in White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. The Program recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to prevent and respond to Violence Against Women (VAW), accrediting them as a White Ribbon Workplace. Full accreditation is anticipated in mid-2017.
At the Social Research Centre, we believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices. We understand that even the smallest changes can go towards making a big difference in our growing organisation. As a result, we actively recycle, including used coffee pods, batteries and reducing paper waste. Where possible, we source and use carbon-neutral paper. We take simple steps to save energy, cut costs and reduce greenhouse emissions. Lights and equipment are switched off in rooms that are not in use as well as at the end of every work day. Staff members are encouraged to either take public transport or cycle to and from work with our highly accessible location and ample bike storage facilities. Where it is necessary for our staff to travel by air, we ensure where possible that we make the appropriate contribution to offset the carbon emissions.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian National University (ANU) all profits from the Social Research Centre flow back to the core business of research and education. The mission and governing principles that the Social Research Centre adheres to align very well with ANU’s research, education and impact mission.