Social responsibility for health

Social responsibility for health:

Social responsibility for health is reflected by the actions of decision makers in both public and private sector to pursue policies and practices which promote and protect health.

Reference: The Jakarta Declaration on Leading Health Promotion into the 21st Century. WHO, Geneva, 1997

The policies and practices pursued by the public and private sectors should avoid harming the health of individuals; protect the environment and ensure sustainable use of resources; restrict the production of and trade in inherently harmful goods and substances, as well as discourage unhealthy marketing practices; safeguard the citizen in the marketplace and the individual in the workplace, and include equity-focused health impact assessments as an integral part of policy development.

See also healthy public policy

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1