CSR is short for “Corporate Social Responsibility” and refers to the responsibility of companies and organizations in terms of their impact on society. This responsibility includes environmental, economic and social aspects. The terms CSR and sustainability are often used synonymously, even though they have a different focus. CSR is more narrowly defined as a concept and refers to the actual contribution that companies or organizations make to global sustainability or sustainable development.
As an institution of higher education, we have a special responsibility for the society. The relevant roles and topics include:
- education of students
- designing teaching
- selecting research projects
- workplace conditions
- cooperation among university members
- impact on the region
- handling of resources
All of these aspects are related to social sectors and, additionally, to the three central aspects of globalization, digitalization and climate change.
The University Development Plan (HEP)(Opens in a new tab) 2020-25 of Fachhochschule Dortmund - University of Applied Sciences and Arts, tackles these important issues and sets a focus for the upcoming years. The HEP consists of four main topics:
- Digital Transformation
- Project Orientation
- Social Responsibility (at a higher level)
As part of the cooperation process, activities and measures of the university have been and are constantly being identified and implemented. The CSR Office originated from one of the many project ideas in the field of social responsibility; it is in charge of coordinating all projects and measures as well as of internal and external communication concerning the topic of social responsibility.
In doing so, the CSR Office would like to give the opportunity to all university members, including teachers, students or staff members, to be part of the entire process.
Sebastian Kreimer: "With my work, I would like to ensure that we move from knowledge to action. My personal motivation in this is a future worth living for my children."
Alina Elfert: "The climate crisis is inevitably unfolding. It is up to us to act and to act NOW! Every single person can make a difference and do their part to change everything for the better. We can only make it if we work together. It is a matter close to my heart to support Fachhochschule Dortmund on its way to becoming a climate-neutral university."
Gabriele Kirschbaum: "I look back on a very versatile professional life and am very excited about being able to deal with the extremely important topic of sustainability and CSR in the final years of my professional career."