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Ethical responsability

Ethical responsibility is concerned with ensuring an organisation is operating in a fair and ethical manner. Organisations that embrace ethical responsibility aim to practise ethical behaviour through fair treatment of all stakeholders, including leadership, investors, employees, suppliers, and customers. Firms can embrace ethical responsibility in different ways.

These are examples of business strategies for social change:

  • promote inclusion, diversity, and equality on the basis of the Declaration of Human right
  • Engage in and promote ethical business practices
  • Adapt a Ethical Supply chain
  • Establish strategic partnerships with Nonprofit organisations
  • Encourage employers to volunteer 
  • Contribute to the community development

Is this a point of interest for VET organisations?

It is because…

Develop methodologies for elaboration of school policies on Ethical responsibility and strengthen the collaboration among all members of the school community – school leaders, teachers, non-teaching staff, students and stakeholders – is crucial. In the following list we present a selection of suggestions we collected by the medium of the survey and the face to face interviews with VET head masters, teachers and students.

All these topics will be discussed in more detail in the The CSR2VET Ambassador course.

Tips we collected (transversal to all the three pillars)

  • Design your organisation’s policy on Ethical responsibility.
  • Share the objectives of the organisation’s policy on Ethical responsibility among all the members of the school community.
  • Develop learning modules for strengthening the competencies of teachers and for non-teaching staff on Ethical responsibility.
  • Include, transversally, Ethical responsibility issues in the curricula.
  • Select your supply network consistent with the principles of Ethical responsibility.
  • Organise lessons for your students inviting companies at the local level that are developing good or best practices Ethical responsibility.

Tips we collected (specific on Ethical Responsibility)

  • Hire personnel with multiculturality in mind.
  • Promote the use of accessible educational materials.
  • Promote a Universal Design in Learning approach.
  • Involve the whole educational community (teachers, educators, not teaching staff, students, and families) in the creation of a No hate speech Manifesto. 
  • Design and implement actions to prevent bullying and cyberbullying.
  • Involve your students in Service learning projects on social issues.

Best practices suggestions

To enrich your experience in this section we suggest you to read the following practices and explore the issue of CSR in Turkey visiting the linked website: csrturkey.org where you can find, i.a., CSR Roadmap for TURKEY.

  1. “The Support of Ministry of National Education to Science and Art Centres (BİLSEM)”. The programs do not have a certain completion time, and the student progresses in the programs according to their own learning pace. Students can continue their education until they finish high school, depending on their performance, desire, diligence and attendance at the program stages. All programs are student-centred, interdisciplinary, modular; It is prepared individually in a way that will develop students’ creativity, different approaches to problems and their ability to find solutions, and prepare them for the conditions in adulthood. In the implementation of the programs, completely different special education methods and techniques, special materials and special education environments are used. Although individual education is essential in Bilsem, teachers, places, etc. Due to limitations, training is mostly done in small groups of 3-5 people. Education in Science and Art Centers is carried out differently from the formal education of students. While students in their schools act for the purpose of getting passing grades and preparing for exams, Bilsem’s structure includes passing grades, taking notes, etc.  are not included. Instead, teaching is provided with a process-oriented, project-based teaching model and students are expected to carry out projects that meet the desired qualifications.This is the main methodology of BİLSEM.
  2. “Empowering young people for a better tomorrow” | SOS Children’s Villages supports and advocates for children without parental care or at risk of losing it. They work in 134 countries and territories, reaching over 1.5 million children, young people, families and caregivers each year. SOS Children’s Villages empowers young people to acquire the skills they need to transition to the workplace and an independent life. The aim of the organisation is to provide young people access to education, training and mentorship to help develop their knowledge, confidence and resilience. Poor education, together with a lack of social support networks, parental encouragement and career guidance are some of the reasons for historically poorer employment prospects of young people living in alternative care. With the help of the project’s applications these disadvantages situations will be decreased in children’s life. A good example is the GoTeach programme with Deutsche Post DHL which improves the employability of disadvantaged young people and early school leavers by connecting them with the world of work. More than 9,000 young people in 26 countries across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe have benefited from the programme.This is already proof of how the programme’s impact is wide.
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