Today terms such as social responsibility are very popular, since people are more concerned about how their actions affect the environment and society in general.
Basically over the years we have been able to see how industrial, governmental and individual actions have put life on the planet at risk. Pollution, climate change and others have been the consequence of various actions that have not been controlled.
Lately there are many companies and governments that have become aware of the great damage caused and by applying social responsibility practices they seek to contribute to the community and the environment.
In fact, not only companies and governments are implementing social responsibility activities, but also individuals on their own as well.
There are many ways to care about the community and the environment, so it's not too late to put them into practice. We must remember that we are all members of a community and that we all benefit from the planet where we live.
That is why I will now talk to you about social responsibility and how you can apply it in your life.
What is social responsibility?
Social responsibility is a technique or practice that consists of carrying out activities that favor society. Basically it is to become responsible individuals to fulfill their civic duty and carry out actions that benefit the whole society.
Basically it is that there must be a balance between economic growth and the well-being of society and the environment. If this balance is maintained, social responsibility is fulfilled.
Social responsibility means that people and companies have a duty to act in the best interest of their environment and society as a whole. This is basically what is known as social responsibility.
Types of social responsibility
There are many types of social responsibility, and not only can people apply it, but this concept can also be seen in companies and other areas.
And the reality is that entities and people are responsible for contributing positively to the community. Next, I will mention the types of social responsibility that exist.
Individual social responsibility
Surely when you read the word individual social responsibility you are imagining a group of volunteers, social work and others. However, despite the fact that volunteering and social work are part of social responsibility as individuals, it is not the only way.
With this I tell you that it is not necessary that you sign up for a volunteer program to practice individual social responsibility, on your own on a day-to-day basis you can carry out many practices that are they consider social responsibility and that they contribute to the community.
Supporting or spreading awareness campaigns is one of the things you can do to support your community, as well as support donations or funds for foundations.
However, this is not all, decisions based on your consumption are also largely related to individual social responsibility. As well as making lifestyle changes that contribute to the community and the environment.
There are companies that carry out practices that violate the rights of workers, often applying labor exploitation.On the other hand, other companies do not carry out environmentally friendly production, and this is something that as individuals we can support or reject
A person who effectively carries out individual social responsibility does not support businesses whose practices favor pollution, animal abuse or human abuse. That is to say, only acquires products from those companies that have corporate social responsibility.
On the other hand, not only this, they also carry out life habits that favor the preservation of the environment, such as: recycling, reuse, among others.
Corporate social responsibility
Corporate social responsibility is that carried out by companies. When I mention this, I am referring to the fact that companies that practice this are responsible for the consequences that their activities may cause daily.
These can be of various forms and types, and companies are an important engine of the economy, but just as their activities lead to economic growth, many of them also cause damage to the environment, to the community , among others.
Those socially responsible companies have, among their functions and objectives, contributing to society or the environment in some way.
There are several types of corporate social responsibility, including the following:
Most companies cause damage to the environment in their production process. Whether in obtaining raw materials, processing or disposal. Whatever it is, it often contributes to damage to the ecosystem, which a socially responsible company seeks to resolve.
When a company is concerned about the damage it may cause, it applies some measures that contribute to environmental conservation, such as energy saving, recycling, reuse, the creation of campaigns , among other.
The idea of a company is not only to contribute to the economy of a country, but also to improve and offer benefits to the community. That is why in corporate social responsibility, companies seek to return a little of all the benefits they have obtained to society.
In this way, to benefit the community with campaigns, talks, programs, among others. This not only contributes to the betterment of the community, but also increases the prestige of the company and improves its public image.
Another type of corporate social responsibility is related to the market. We know that all companies in one way or another contribute to society with their products or services.
However, it is considered social responsibility when these products or services are of quality. In addition, they have transparency policies so that customers can have full knowledge of what they acquire.
Let us remember that behind all companies there are human beings contributing a grain of sand for the operation of said organization. Given this, socially responsible companies are clear about this and offer respectful treatment to their workers, in addition to respecting and asserting their rights.
It is useless for a company to carry out social awareness campaigns when its employees are not paid fairly, they are exploited, they work too many overtime hours and their rights are not enforced. So social responsibility must also be seen internally.
Government social responsibility
Many do not mention government social responsibility, however, it is one of the most important
Why do I mention that it is the most important? because basically it is in charge of creating policies, laws, sanctions and regulations that will govern in favor of the environment or the community.
When we talk about individual social responsibility, it is something voluntary that people carry out on their own. However, being something voluntary, not all people carry it out and the same happens with companies.
However, when government entities or institutions design laws, they must be complied with by individuals or companies in a mandatory manner. In other words, it is a way of pressuring these policies to be carried out.
Despite this, it is not the only form of government social responsibility that exists, we can also mention the creation of volunteer groups, campaigns or programs that contribute to the care, conservation and improvement of the environment and the community as such.
How to know which companies are socially responsible?
Surely as a consumer you are wondering how you can know when a company is socially responsible. And the truth is that there are many ways to validate it. That is why below, I mention how you can know which companies are socially responsible.
- They treat their workers with dignity: As I mentioned before, companies that practice social responsibility treat their workers well. It is impossible for them to collaborate with the environment or with society, if internally they do not do anything good, they exploit their staff, among others.
- They comply with the laws related to the environment: the socially responsible companies comply with the legal regulations of the environment.
- They voluntarily apply environmental policies: internal policies such as energy saving, saving and responsible use of resources, among others, are considered practices that contribute to social responsibility.
- Promotes activities to improve the quality of life of the community where they are located.
- Induces your team to carry out practices of social responsibility.
I must tell you that these are not the only ways to know how a company is socially responsible, but they are the most efficient and fastest ways to discover it.
It is important that as a consumer you know which are the companies that apply social responsibility so that you can make your purchases there. Remember that your individual social responsibility consists, among other things, in rejecting practices that threaten the environment or the community, and you can do this by not buying from said companies.
So, the invitation is that you know the brand you are buying. Normally, brands make their social responsibility policies public, so that people know a little more about them. Given this, before making a purchase, evaluate the brand and what activities or social policies it carries out.
Today there are many movements or ways of finding out what social responsibility policies companies are applying. Behind the brand is one and which I will talk to you about next.
After the mark
Tras la marca is a social initiative carried out by the non-governmental organization Oxfam Intermón, where they have a project known as “crece” which consists of showing consumers the way in which the brands are acting. brands in the food sector
With this project, people will be able to really know what social policies are hidden behind the brands of the food sector, one of the largest and most important sectors in the world.
With this, you will be able to know if the brands are applying transparency policies in their supply chains, carrying out policies to save energy and resources such as water , among many others.
Undoubtedly, this is an excellent idea, which not only allows customers to consult the social policies implemented by their favorite brands, but also forces other brands to join the cause social.
Just means “justice” in English, so it is basically a “fair label” or “fairness label”. This labeling is an innovative system of voluntary labeling that companies can apply to publicize the social responsibility policies they are carrying out.
Basically, this label defines 6 categories that are taken into account as: resource management, diversity, equity, safety, employee benefits and community benefits.
Undoubtedly this labeling is a way for companies to demonstrate that they are carrying out social policies. This can help you a lot to decide on purchasing one of their products.
As members of a community, we must be socially responsible. Not only companies or governments have the responsibility to contribute in one way or another to society and the environment, we as individuals too.
There are many ways we can contribute to our society, from changing harmful habits that harm the environment, to promoting recycling, resource saving and reuse activities. On the other hand, the fact of imparting knowledge to our children, relatives and friends is also a behavior of social responsibility.
So you know, start with yourself and you can see the change. Believe me that drop by drop you can fill a glass and even if you think that your contribution will not change anything, it will!.