Responsible living involves:
- the readjustment of present priorities;
- the redefining of human relationships;
- the transformation of how societies deal with existing economic, social and ecological challenges;
- the intensification of the dialogue between science and society.
The core values of responsible living are: justice, equity, unity, diversity, dignity, cooperation, respect, honesty, transparency, and accountability.
Social responsibility is “the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on the society and environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that contributes to sustainable development, health and 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" (ISO-SR 26000). Awareness of social responsibility evolves as society’s notions of care and concern, of righteousness and justice expand.
“The basic purpose of development is to enlarge people's choices. In principle, these choices can be infinite and can change over time. People often value achievements that do not show up at all, or not immediately, in income or growth figures: greater access to knowledge, better nutrition and health services, more secure livelihoods, security against crime and physical violence, satisfying leisure hours, political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities. The objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives" (Mahbub ul Haq, Founder of the Human Development Report).
Education for responsible living
Education for responsible living provides opportunities for learning about the systems. It involves relearning and reorganizing information in wider contexts. It is contingent on reconsideration of such central questions as the value of material and non-material prosperity, and the significance of service to one’s fellow human. The present situation indicates the need for the further development of analytical, reflective thinking skills in order to decode the extensive and aggressive commercial messages to which individuals around the world are constantly exposed. Five basic skills are essential to learning to be responsible. These are: communication skills, decision making skills, problem solving skills, creativity and change management.