What does ‘sociale hygiëne’ (social responsibility) mean?
Hygiene comes from the word Hygieia, which means ‘goddess of purity and health’. Social responsibility
in organisations means that the entrepreneur ensures a healthy environment for
employees and customers. The word social means ‘society’ and these are the people around us.
These are the people around us.
Definition of social responsibility (sociale hygiëne)
Social responsibility means that people respect each other’s physical and mental health.
1.1 THE PURPOSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY?
People’s conviviality and relaxation often go hand in hand with food and drink. Too much alcohol
can cause long-term damage, including physical complaints and social problems. To prevent this
from happening, the Dutch ‘Drank- en Horecawet’ (Licensing and Catering Act) exists. This law
sets requirements for the knowledge of the manager in the field of social responsibility.
It is important for a manager to have knowledge about:
1. The effects of alcohol on the body and mind (and combinations with drugs or medication).
2. Alcohol abuse and addiction.
3. The laws and regulations of alcohol.
4. The gaming machines and gambling addiction.
Social responsibility is a mandatory aid for responsible alcohol dispensing (Mandatory for manager).
Values and standards
Social behaviour includes values and standards.
We learn values and standards for the environment in which we live (society) from an early age,
including the environment at home, at school, at work or through social media. The environment
is our frame of reference. Social behaviour is therefore also respecting each other on the basis
of standards and values.
A value is what someone strives for. This can be for example: being honest, being sweet and caring,
sharing materials or not smoking. In principle, each individual has, in principle, his own values
and can shape and determine them himself.
A standard or decency standard is that what is defined in our culture. For example, no feet on
the couch, getting up for the elderly in the tram, no jumping in the queue. The standards are
‘in principle’ self-evident for every Dutchman. Of course, there can be differences, such as one
drinking from a glass and the other from a bottle. The values that exist are the standards. The
standards are therefore concrete rules of conduct. ×