Social Responsibility

Synonyms for responsibility authority, control, power, management, duty, influence.

Linking articles: Becoming a Caring Citizen; Responsibility: Rules

Social Responsibility

Definition of Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is an ethical theory that states that an entity or individual ought to show a civic duty to their community and perform actions that benefits the economic growth, social welfare, and the environment. Social responsibility reminds individuals that certain actions can cause harm to others.

The idea of social responsibility rest on the notion that individuals will tend to do things for their sole benefit or material gain. This is seen most in a company (an entity) where the owners may make a decision that benefits the company through profits but the product they sell causes much pollution to the environment.

On the other hand, if an entity or an individual is socially responsible they can get the help they need to succeed. For a company, it could mean increase employee performance, increase customer satisfaction, efficient use of resources, and lower cost. For an individual, it means that the person would get the support they need to succeed at what the individual wishes to do.

Checklist – How to develop social responsibility

First ask yourself:

  1. Have you taken full advantage of the opportunities offered to you?
  2. Are you working to your full capacity at school?
  3. Have you clean your own room?

Start doing this:

  1. Stop doing what you know your doing to be wrong.
  2. Get to school on time.
  3. Stop interrupting people.
  4. Make peace with your parents and siblings.
  5. Use everything you have at hand.

Corporate Responsibility

Companies also must practice social responsibility. Companies must ensure that they make positive impacts in the community and country they exist. Consumers love businesses that give back to the community.

Business ethics provides principles and standards that determine acceptable moral conduct. This regulates how the business do business with their customers and the world. Socially responsible businesses try to do what is right. These good practices show the company in a positive light. However, corporate social responsibility success relies on the individual who must do the right thing.

Discussion Questions

List three business practices that can be considered unethical.

How does individuals encourage companies to act responsibly?

Distinguish between group and individual responsibility.

How does rules encourage individuals to act responsibly?

List four tasks for which you are responsible at home, school and in the community.

Observe the video below then discuss the following questions in your class.

  1. Name and discuss two acts on the film above that is unethical or socially irresponsible.
  2. How has Nestle acted unethical? How has Walmart acted unethical?
  3. What is forced labour? How does it affect families and poor people?
  4. Why should a government be concerned about child labour?
  5. How can you, as an individual, act socially responsible to force companies to act responsibly?
  6. How has the fashion industry acted unethically?
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