The social dimension of sustainability in Iscte seeks to take into account the impact of the Institution's decisions and activities on the internal community and society, including concerns for equity and social justice and training the academic community, based on principles of ethics and transparency that contribute to its sustainable development.

Iscte Strategic Plan for 2014/2017 sets out their Optimization and Management of Resources strategy. Iscte aims to identify the practices of social responsibility in the organization regarding the requirements of ISO26000. Currently, the Iscte has already developed the following work in this area:

In 2012, Iscte created a Working Group on University Social Responsibility (RSU) to participate in the U-Benchmarking Club on University Social Responsibility (RSU) promoted by Columbus and by ORSALC (Regional Observatory of Social Responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean), to identify and share good practices on Social Responsibility in higher education.

In January 2017, Iscte joined the collaborative network ORSIES - Observatory of Social Responsibility and Institutions of Higher Education. This project was launched by the Student Forum in partnership with the State Department of Higher Education, following the participation in the National Meeting on Responsibility Social and Institutions of Higher Education.

In the social responsibility dimension, Iscte defines the following strategic objectives:

  • Promote a socially responsible organizational behavior, based on ethical and democratic practices;
  • Guide the institution to act in an ethical, transparent way, respecting the interests of the academic community;
  • Improve the well-being, quality of life, health and safety of all members of the academic community;
  • Promote active and responsible citizenship, taking on projects involving local communities and societal challenges;
  • Increase services to the community, involving internal and external stakeholders;
  • Promote academic success and combat abandonment in higher education;
  • Promote lifelong learning and inclusive education;
  • Provide a reconciliation of the professional, family and personal life of the members of the academic community;
  • Promote the feeling of belonging to the institution;
  • Increase the level of satisfaction of all employees.
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