Social Responsibility of the University

Together we form an academic community and are aware of our responsibility for the impact we have on our environment. Working and studying at PUEB obliges us to observe high moral standards and social principles. We want students to feel pride in being a graduate of a university where respect for ethical values in interpersonal relations is a priority. We also want employees to feel satisfaction from working in a friendly environment where there is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

Map of Volunteerism (Empathy Map) of the PUEB community

In the last quarter of 2021, the Rector’s Committee for Social Responsibility of PUEB carried out a project entitled Map of Volunteerism (Empathy Map) of the PUEB Community. The survey was carried out using online tools, including a Google Forms (CAWI) survey questionnaire, scaled to respondents – Employees and Students of the University. More than 550 people – members of the PUEB Community – participated.

The main objective of the survey, in relation to the Strategy of the Poznań University of Economics and Business for 2021-2024, was to outline the scope and scale of involvement of the PUEB Community in activities of a voluntary nature.

Social Responsibility of the University

Within the Team for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility – a subsidiary body of the Minister of Funds and Regional Policy, which provides a platform for cooperation between the entire government administration and representatives of business and socio-economic partners – there is a Working Group on University Social Responsibility.

The purpose of the Working Group is to disseminate the principles of social responsibility of universities, as defined by the academic community in the Declaration of Social Responsibility of Universities.

The Declaration represents a voluntary commitment by colleges, universities to promote the idea of sustainable development and social responsibility in educational programs and management and organizational solutions of universities.

The idea of social responsibility of a university (SOU) is understood as voluntarily accepted commitments to internal and external stakeholders. These commitments follow the respect of internationally disseminated norms and rules of social responsibility of organizations, in particular, the Ten Principles of the United Nation Global Compact, the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and the ISO 26000 standard. According to the ISO 26000 standard, the idea of social responsibility is applied to all types of organizations and is understood as responsibility for the impact that the activities carried out within its framework have on the external environment.

Through transparent and ethical activities, a socially responsible organization:

  • contributes to sustainable development, including the health and well-being of society;
  • takes into account the expectations of stakeholders (individuals or groups who have an interest in the organization’s decisions or actions);

Socially responsible activities comply with applicable laws and are consistent with international standards of conduct and integrated with the organization’s strategic goals. Adoption of the university’s social responsibility program is a response to public expectations of positive in its effects to carry out the mission ascribed to universities – public service

The Declaration of Social Responsibility of PUEB universities addresses the following assumptions:

  • the SOU program is a voluntary commitment of the university to internal and external stakeholders;
  • implementation of SOU requirements should be closely linked to research, educational, organizational and administrative activities undertaken at all levels of administrative units;
  • social obligations are primarily the responsibility of the rectorial and dean’s authorities, but also apply to all members of the university community.

The premise of the SOU program implemented at Poznań University of Economics and Business is to undertake and support activities aimed at realizing the traditional mission of the university referring to the academic ethos. At the same time, the program should not be treated as a top-down imposed obligation – the subjective treatment of members of the university community and the principle of the voluntariness of the commitments assumed requires that actions be taken to change the awareness of the academic community in understanding the idea of social responsibility and the formation of an attitude of social commitment. The goal of these activities is therefore to assimilate the values of responsibility, authentic commitment and consolidation around common goals.

  • Building the reputation of PUEB as a university offering not only high quality education, but also contributing to social development through significant results of reliably conducted scientific research, training of scientific staff capable of competing in their research with representatives of leading scientific centers in the country, Europe and the world.
  • Strengthening the value of PUEB as a university engaging in voluntary activities for the benefit of the social environment, a university promoting employee volunteerism, a university supporting students’ social involvement, a university initiating and promoting all forms of social assistance addressed to individuals and organizations, a university caring for the environment.
  • Integrating the academic community (teaching staff, students and graduates, administrative staff and university authorities) around the values and goals shared together. In particular, it is a matter of recalling the idea of a university traditionally understood as a community of teachers and students focused on the pursuit of personal development determined by the growth of intellectual and social competence.

Achieving the set goals requires taking action in the area of the

  • The social internal environment (students and graduates, employees and university authorities).
  • The external social environment.
  • The natural environment.
Good manners at PUEB

Together we form an academic community and are aware of our responsibility for the impact we have on our environment. Working and studying at PUEB obliges us to observe high moral standards and social principles. We want students to feel pride in being a graduate of a university where respect for ethical values in interpersonal relations is a priority. We also want employees to feel satisfaction from working in a friendly environment with an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

These standards indicate the values of university culture, which constitute a kind of canon of behavior of its representatives.

Good manners at PUEB mean that:

  1. Working and studying at our University obliges us: employees and students to maintain the highest standards of social coexistence.
  2. We represent the University both inside and outside its walls – therefore, we should remember how to act to represent the University with dignity.
  3. Our attitude should be distinguished by kindness and openness in our approach to another person.
    Respect is a priceless value for us. Every person deserves to be respected and treated with dignity. No one should be insulted or discriminated against in any form – written, verbal or non-verbal.
  4. Respect is a priceless value for us. Every person deserves to be respected and treated with dignity. No one should be insulted or discriminated against in any form – written, oral or non-verbal.
  5. It is our duty to take care of the beauty of the mother tongue and the culture of speech.
  6. We react to inappropriate behavior.
  7. We respect our own time and that of others.
  8. Lying and cheating are not in keeping with the dignity of those associated with PUEB.
  9. We are bound by the principle of keeping our commitments.
  10. We affirm high standards of behavior with our knowledge and personal culture.

Good manners at PUEB – Students’ expectations.

  1. Conducting classes in an interesting way and at a high level of content.
  2. Imparting knowledge in a communicative and orderly manner, clearly explaining complex content.
  3. Maintaining consistency in the content of lectures and exercises in relation to the subject.
  4. Demonstrating friendliness, commitment and openness to interact with students and creating a friendly atmosphere during classes.
  5. Establishing and respecting clear credit rules and fair grading.
  6. Refraining from political agitation and making normative statements in an ideologized manner.
  7. Starting and ending classes on time, coming to duty, giving advance notice of the instructor’s absence from class and duty.
  8. Posting teaching materials on the moodle platform.
  9. As far as possible, agreeing with students on the dates of credits and examinations and meeting the deadlines for the announcement of results.
PRME

PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) is a global forum for responsible management education. It was created at the initiative of the authorities of leading business universities and received a recommendation from the Global Compact (http://ungc.org.pl/). The program was first announced at the Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in 2007. The goal of PRME is to integrate the idea of responsible business into the content of higher education.

The Poznań University of Economics and Business joined the organization in 2012. The first report on the program’s implementation was presented in 2014.

PRME

Principle 1 – PURPOSE – We develop responsible management education to foster inclusive prosperity in a world of dynamic ecosystems.

Principle 2 – VALUES – We put organizational responsibility and accountability to society and the planet at the center of what we do.

Principle 3 – EDUCATION – We transform our educational environments by integrating responsible management concepts and practices into our curriculum and didactics.

Principle 4 – RESEARCH – We study people, organizations, institutions and the state of the world to inspire responsible management and educational practice.

Principle 5 – PARTNERSHIP – We engage people from business, government, civil society and academia to advance responsible management education and practice.

Principle 6 – PRACTICE – We embrace the principles of responsible and sustainable management in our own governance and operations.

Principle 7 – DIALOGUE – We share our successes and failures to enable us to learn and best realize our shared values and goals.

The purpose of these principles is to establish a process of continuous improvement for institutions that educate managers to create a new generation of business leaders capable of facing the full complexity of the challenges facing companies and society in the 21st century.

Dr Anna Waligóra

Dr Anna Waligóra

  • Department of Sociology and Business Ethics Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Building C, room no 308
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