Personal vs. Social Responsibility

… a core concept in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105

Concept description defines personal responsibility (or individual responsibility) as “the idea that human beings choose, instigate, or otherwise cause their own actions” whereas Wikipedia defines social responsibility as “an ethical framework and suggests that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large.” (reference below) goes on to say:

“Personal responsibility can be contrasted to the idea that human actions are caused by conditions beyond the agent’s control. Since the late 19th-century, personal responsibility has become increasingly associated with political conservatism and libertarianism. More recently, personal responsibility has been associated with the reform of social welfare programs.”

AskOpinion has an entry entitled “What is the Difference Between Personal Responsibility & Social Responsibility?” that says:

“Different dictionaries define the terms differently. Webster dictionary defines social responsibilities as the obligations to fulfill the duties assigned, in a way, that would benefit the society as a whole, rather than as individuals. Whereas, personal responsibilities are the duties assigned to ensure an overall image of the individual concerning his/her moral code as perceived by the society. But, the explanation of personal responsibility can vary from people to people, depending entirely on their individual thought process.

“The ethical framework that puts every individual and organization under obligation to act for the benefit of the society varies depending on the age and business. As a student, their social responsibility is to act in such a way that it minimizes the adverse effects of their action on those immediately surrounding them. Whereas, the corporate social responsibilities requires a commitment from the corporates towards the local community, the country’s economy, and the quality of life of the workforce. The social responsibility of scientists and engineers binds and holds them responsible for the positive and negative consequences of their work. Also, the combined social responsibility of these individuals is the choice and conduct of their work.”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

The Study of the Socioeconomic Context for Politics and Policy (core topic) in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105.

Sources, Personal responsibility,, accessed 18 December 2018.

Wikipedia, Social responsibility, at, accessed 18 December 2018.

AskOpinion, What is the Difference Between Personal Responsibility & Social Responsibility? 23 May 2018, at, accessed 18 December 2018.

Page created by: Alex Wreford and Ian Clark, last modified on 18 December 2018.

Image: Mark Eltringham, Putting the responsibility into personal and corporate social responsibility, at, accessed 18 December 2018.