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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Be a good corporate citizen.

Some folks think that running a profitable business is incompatible with running a socially-responsible business. NoSweat, Starbucks, Ben and Jerry's, and many more corporations prove that that is not true.

Nowadays there are numerous resources available to those who want to run a socially-responsible and profitable business. Here are just a few:

* Net Impact "is a network of more than 12,000 new-generation leaders committed to using the power of business to improve the world." They're hosting a conference for business students and others in November.

* Worthwhile Magazine promotes "Work with purpose, passion and profit." Their editorial mission is "to put purpose and passion on the same plane as profit. WORTHWHILE offers a roadmap for business success that is more personally fulfilling and socially responsible."

* Business for Social Responsibility is a nonprofit "global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment. BSR provides information, tools, training and advisory services to make corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies".

* Business Ethics is "the magazine for corporate responsibility." Their website has a wonderful list of resources for those interested in "progressive business and investing."

* And if you don't have your own business (or even if you do), consider investing in socially responsible businesses so that you can support their good work, while you make money for yourself.

How do you treat your employees? How much does your enterprise pollute the environment? Are your business practices economically just? Consider all the ways you can make your organization more socially responsible. It's just good business.

"No smoke, no mirrors, no tricks: just right down the middle of the field. That’s John Deere." - Robert W. Lane, chairman and CEO of Deere & Company, makers of farm equipment.

11 comments:

Karama said...

See the November 2, 2005 post for a post on socially-responsible investing.

Kevin Osborne said...

This is a good post... with a nice list for people interested in this topic.

Another resource is www.ethix.org.

On another note... you might find my blog interesting if you are concerned about the growing influence of corporate power and wealth in our democracy. The url is www.this2shallpass.com

Enjoy...

Karama said...

The Institute for Business, Technology and Ethics (ethix.org) is a great resource. Thanks for mentioning it, Kevin. And keep up the good work over at this2shallpass.com. Stop by again soon!

Katie said...

Also check out Social Venture Network’s website. They are currently holding a contest for socially responsible business leaders: www.svn.org/imaginewhatsnext. It looks like a great way to reward new businesses for working toward the greater good.

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