RRI Tool: Embedded Ethicist

Your own in-house ethical reflection practioner

The embedded ethicist helps you reflect on and deal with the moral aspects of your research along the road. This helps you to anticipate and deal with ethical issues in your innovative work. During the innovation process you have to make choices involving ethical issues, for instance when they touch upon health and safety of your workers, the consumers or the larger environment. Handling and anticipating such issues can benefit from a fresh perspective, that pulls you out of your routine thinking. That’s where the Embedded ethicist comes in.

When to Use This Tool

When you would like to improve proactive thinking and challenge your standard way of thinking

How to Use This Tool

Embedded ethicist in your research department who stimulates reflection and deliberation can help raise awareness and build capacity

Tool Categories

Place of application: Research
Purpose of tool: Technical Advice

Tool Developed By

Required Investment

12 weeks, 2 hours per week or level of ambition

Expertise Needed

Expertise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Not applicable

External support:

  • Consultant can advise and help you with the implementation
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Expected Results

  • Keeping a fresh perspective on your innovation and its possible consequences for society.
  • Innovations that anticipate and take societal consequences into account.

This can contribute to innovations that meet values and needs of society and may influence your market share.

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.