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This is going to be my last blog post. As I mentioned on my first post, I created this blog solely for my CSR class. I decided that my last post is going to be about the importance of CSR.
For those who aren’t aware, CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility. Essentially CSR is a corporation’s initiatives to take responsibility for its effects on the environment or society. More simply, it is like a self regulation in a way, integrated into a business model.
There are so many variables when it comes to corporate social responsibility that can be taken into consideration. It is implemented into workplaces, in the government system, and even in our daily lives. We are constantly surrounded by CSR and a key issue with CSR is sustainability. This is making sure we are conscious of the impact that our work has on the environment, promoting environmental stewardship, reducing our carbon footprint, and making sure we recycle. I think remaining sustainable is such a problem in our world today. I think this is because it is such an ongoing problem and it doesn’t just affect one thing but many. People these days have commitment issues. Its like it takes so much out of someone to stay committed to one thing and I think this plays a role in why people cannot remain fully sustainable. When it comes to sustainability, environmental sustainability is not the only type, but there is economic and social sustainability. Economic being the businesses ability to continue to produce value from its products or services. Social sustainability meaning a community having a demand for a business to have a responsibility back into the community.
In 2011, 65% of people said they would seriously consider leaving their job if their company harmed the environment and 83% would seriously consider leaving their job if their employer used child labor in sweatshop factories. As we can clearly see from these numbers, individuals are becoming more and more cautious about taking care of the environment and not hurting it. They would consider leaving their jobs because they care so much about the environment and being sustainable. I think this is such a good thing that people actually see that taking care of our environment is important. I think we as a people need to be cautious of our surroundings and make sure we are protecting the environment with what we do.
One may ask, why is CSR so important to businesses? The answer to this question is simple. Seeing as businesses must take into consideration outside factors like the economy, society, government and the environment, it is inevitable that they take responsibility of the effects they impose on the environment, society, government and economy. I feel like implementing CSR in the workplace almost keeps you on track in a way and is important for regulation and keeping tabs on what we are doing. Also making sure we are responsible for the outside factors like society and the environment.
CSR can also be useful for ourselves as it is like your core values. Everyone is going to have different things they value in this world. It can be ethical or not ethical. Values are a big thing that is central to our everyday lives. Example: If I were to value going to school everyday and getting my education, it will benefit me in the long run and this would happen because I value getting my education. Another example can be that if I value environmental sustainability, this means I am going to make sure that I am so cautious in what I do that I do not hurt the environment with the activities I do on a daily basis. I think without CSR, businesses would be pretty much lost. It is so crucial that CSR is implemented and integrated into not only businesses but our personal lives. We should always keep ourselves self regulated and keep cautious of the environment around us.
Benefits to promoting a socially responsible environment in the workplace is having a more positive environment. This way employees will be working in a stable environment and everyone should be able to get along when the environment is socially responsible. Also, if the company uses sustainable products in the workplace, this is a form of promoting social responsibility in the workplace.
To wrap up everything, I think CSR is very important because it is crucial that we are holding ourselves accountable for our actions and considering outside factors like the environment, and our society. We need to be careful and aware of our surroundings and make sure we are protecting our environment with the things we are doing on a daily basis.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Stay positive, and be aware of the things going on in our world!