Social Responsibility


Social responsibility is a key component of CGHSR’s identity and approach to facilitating and supporting global health activity across the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. We define social responsibility as prioritizing benefit to society and the environment at large throughout the cycle of global health activity, from planning to implementation to evaluating and disseminating outcomes, whether local, regional, or international.  

How do we distinguish between ethics and social responsibility? Though the two concepts are sometimes used interchangeably, social responsibility builds on the equally essential practice of ethics--which may be focused on internal, micro-operation (such as human subjects protection and responsible conduct of research)--and adds an eye to the larger/macro-context and impact on society.  Whether examples come from health or other fields in academia, the corporate world, government, or non-governmental organizations, there are many transferable aspects and broader applicability for global health.

Guiding Principles

Social responsibility is reflected in the following guiding principles of CGHSR:

  • Promote collaborative leadership deriving value from difference, influencing through partnership and assuming shared responsibility for outcomes.

  • Advance transparency through openness, honesty and accountability in our relationships.

  • Champion meaningful work by adding value of a transdisciplinary nature to existing AHC activities and strategically pursuing new foci for sustainable, impactful and locally appropriate outcomes.

  • Foster quality relationships built on respect, mutual benefit, and shared risk.


Key resources regarding social responsibility and ethics (not intended to be a comprehensive list of available useful resources):