Synthesis Benchmarking Report

The D3.3 Synthesis Benchmarking Report (WP 3) provides an account of the process of development of Benchmark Standards for University Social Responsibility across the European Higher Education Area (www.ehea.info/) as the Common Reference Framework promised by the EU-USR Project. It sets out the rationale for the approach taken, explains how these Benchmark Standards relate to ISO 26000, the International Standards Organisation’s 2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility and other influences, including the concept and practice of Corporate Social Responsibility. Noting the distinctive history, nature and purposes of Europe’s universities, it proposes four Benchmark Standards with forty-two derived criteria covering (1) Research, Teaching, Support for Learning and Public Engagement (the ‘core business’ of any European university), (2) Governance, (3) Environmental and Societal Responsibility and (4) Fair Practices.