University Social Responsibility (USR): Identifying an Ethical Foundation within Higher Education Institutions




Social responsibility is a responsibility not a requirement, of an organization for the impact of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behavior that contributes to sustainable development, health and the welfare of society; which takes into account the expectations of stakeholders, is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behavior, and is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationship. By promoting sustainable development practices in the management at higher education institutions, universities can demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility practices. It should be embedded as part of the university’s philosophy as a way of being, operating, and practicing. Social responsibility should be embedded into the core values and functions of universities’ practices at every level. This paper explores the concept of university social responsibility (USR) and presents the SCOPE framework for identifying ethical issues in our modern day complex global world.