Written by Noelle Schrock
Taking care of our community and our earth has been emphasized in recent years. In the bustling world of business, it can be hard to remember to be socially responsible. It’s especially important to be mindful of socially responsible entrepreneurship as the stress on being aware of the world around us increases.
1. WHAT DOES “SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP” MEAN?
To be socially responsible means to work with a moral mindset. The Business Dictionary describes it as “the obligation of an organization’s management towards the welfare and interests of the society in which it operates.”
2. THE ENVIRONMENT
One of the easiest ways to practice socially responsible entrepreneurship is to reduce the amount of waste your business produces. Do you have recycling bins in your office? If not, look into getting some! Find out if you can use recycled paper products. Every little bit helps!
You can also look for shelters in your area. Try out some team bonding by volunteering at an organization that helps the less fortunate in your community. Check out some shelter listings near your business.
4.WHY DOES BEING SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE EVEN MATTER?
A successful community will lead to a successful business. Once, Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” So get a jump start on taking care of the community and world around you!
Babson is a business school that offers two degrees in business. Over the years this college has produced many successful leaders. As they have entered the new culture of socially responsible entrepreneurship, they have begun to teach their students to “seek out social problem opportunities and use business ideas to solve them,” says USA Today.
This chain coffee shop has been blamed for putting smaller coffee places out of business. However, Starbucks is one of the best examples of social responsibility. They give their employees opportunities to go back to school. Also, they work hard to source their materials through ethical and sustainable means.
7.BEN & JERRY’S
Everyone loves a pint of ice cream, but did you know that Ben and Jerry’s is one of the most socially responsible companies? Ben and Jerry’s supports caring for the planet, practices fair trade, and also cares for the LGBTQ Community.
Another socially responsible company is the Nike brand. They use sustainable means to produce their shoes and other athletic clothing. Even a corporation as large and well known as Nike practices social responsibility.
9.WHY IT GIVES YOU AN EDGE
According to FrontStream “. . . social responsibility can increase your company’s bottom line while making a difference in your community.” Therefore, the community will recognize how your company is helping them and send more business your way.
So go forth and be socially responsible. Find a cause that your company cares about. See how you can use your product or services to improve or help that cause! Also check out our other posts on entrepreneurship for the New Year!