Social responsibility is an ethical or ideological theory that an entity whether it is a government, corporation, organization or individual has a big responsibility to society at large.
Many moons ago when I was in college, one of my classes was business ethics. This was a night class so there were a significant number of students with full-time day jobs. When discussing businesses responsibility to the community came up it became very heated between the ideological day students and the those with business jobs.
The businessmen held to the premise that it was their job to provide product and make a profit. The day students contended that businesses were citizens of the community and should be held to the same accountability as any citizen.
Four decades have passed and by customer demand, we have finally entered the era of social responsibility by corporations. Surprisingly many have found it to be a positive to their bottom line. Going “Green” reduces overhead costs and supporting community projects creates brand loyalty.
I am proud to be employed by a company that takes seriously the impact they have on others and the environment. We have reduced our consumption of resources, increased our recycling efforts and incorporated practices and standards into our product development, manufacturing and fulfillment processes that are beneficial to the environment.
Our owner also contributes to various charities, one of them is St. Jude’s . For a couple of years in a row they were giving away a “dream home” in our area. He bought each of his employees a ticket. The odds should have been in our favor but none of us won. It was for a good cause and it was good for employee morale. The saying goes that happy employees produce positive results.
Life’s good. How is yours?