Many companies have heard about social and environmental responsibility, but many do not understand what it means. Social Environmental Responsibility is one of the new buzzwords spoken around worldwide corporate board rooms.
Social Environmental responsibility is about a company having social responsibility while also being concerned about their environmental impact. A Social Environmental Responsible company will look at profits and benefit society while being responsible towards the environment.
A company with Social Environmental Responsibility understands that their social, environmental responsibility directly impacts poverty. If we all want to fight poverty, then we must also look at social and ecological issues.
What Is Social Environmental Responsibility?
Social Environmental Responsibility adds another layer to social responsibility. Social responsibility means that a company looks at ways to maximize profits and help benefit society as a whole.
A socially responsible company can do various things to show their social responsibility, such as donating to charity, ethical sourcing. The entire supply chain and operations of a socially responsible company will look at their decisions on society.
Social Environmental Responsibility adds an environmental layer to social responsibility. A company with social and ecological responsibility will look at how to benefit society and its impact on the environment; In other words, a company is as concerned about the environment as they are about social responsibility.
Some ways a company can show environmental responsibility include their energy use, water usage, waste management, recycling, emissions, and eco-friendly office and other business policies. In their entire supply chain, the company cares about environmental issues.
Social Environmental Responsibility considers people and the planet together with a company’s profits. If a company has Social Environmental Responsibility, they are socially conscious while at the same time assessing their environmental impact.
Suppose an oil company causes an oil spill that damages the environment. There are massive environmental and social costs for that error. The company losses profit, corporate goodwill, their company name, and loss of their social responsibility. A Social Environmental Responsible company would have policies in place to ensure an oil spill does not happen.
The Social Environmental Responsibly is all parts of a company’s CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility.
Linkage of Poverty And The Environment
Poverty and the environment are linked together. We cannot fully tackle the world’s poverty issues without looking at the environment’s impact on our lives.
We Need All The Environment
Whether we are rich or poor, we all need to have an environment for our survival. We need food, water, and air to breathe. We depend on our God-given natural resources.
The past summer, my sister, who lives outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, said that the air was so bad due to the forest fires in Northern California that she could not go out all summer long to walk for exercise. Even though California is hundreds of miles from Salt Lake City, the fires in Northern California had a massive impact on Salt Lake City, Utah.
Whether rich or poor, we all need clean air to breathe. But the impact of one area of the world can affect other areas of the world. All human beings need clean air, water, and food to survive; we rely on our natural resources to remain alive.
Poverty And Environmental Stress
Poverty can put stress on the environment; environmental problems also cause severe suffering for the very poor. This is because all economic activities are directly or indirectly related based on some natural resources. So any pressure on our natural resources can also cause environmental stress.
For example, illegal logging of wood logs can cause poverty and environmental stress. One company cut down some trees from a mountainside to sell to a furniture manufacturer to produce furniture pieces for the United States market. The company selling the logs had no social, environmental responsibility, so they never replanted the trees they cut down.
On the day, a colossal rainstorm comes to the mountains where they cut down the trees, so massive landslides, and land erosion ruin all the farmers’ fields. This loss of their crops forces these farmers into dire poverty.
This may seem like an extreme example, but it is not. I have been to some of those mountain villages in North Vietnam and seen the devastations of rain and mudslides from land erosion. I have seen the effects of poverty on areas and places where people can no longer farm the lands they once could.
The worlds poor rely more on the environment than the rich. The world rich can weather the environmental storms much more than the world’s poor
A company’s environmental footprint is directly linked to its social responsibility and poverty. Today, a company cannot talk about its social responsibility without also talking about its ecological footprint and how it impacts poverty.
Over 65% of Americans believe that protecting the environment and climate change is essential. That is that six-in-ten Americans feel like global climate change is a significant threat to America and the world.
Fighting Poverty Through Social Environmental Responsiblity
A company’s Socially Environmental Responsibility directly affects the world’s poverty issues. In our example of illegal logging, the company’s action of cutting down the trees directly correlated to mudslides that cause land erosion and poverty.
In the worldwide fight against poverty, a company’s entire supply chain needs to have a social and environmental impact policy. Companies should work with suppliers concerned about poverty, society, and the environment.
The gap between the rich and poor continues to grow larger. If the rich continue to rob the natural resources and pollute the world’s environment, this gap between the rich and poor will only grow. More people worldwide will continue to be thrown into poverty.
All large or small companies need to be concerned about their social and environmental footprint. How companies decide to be Socially Environmentally Responsible will directly impact the world’s poor.
At Mondoro, we create, develop and manufacture home decor and home furnishing products. We believe in Social Environmental Responsibility.
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What Is Social Consciousness? 7 Reasons It Is Important
Social consciousness is about being aware of the problems and injustices of society and then trying to do something about it. It is about leading with moral and ethical leadership and looking to do good. A company with a social conscience believes in human dignity while also considering the health of the planet.
You can learn more by reading What Is Social Consciousness? 7 Reasons It Is Important by clicking here.
What Is Having a Social Conscience?
Having a social conscience is about being concerned about the problems or injustices of society or simply just caring about those who are less fortunate. There are many in the world who suffer under extreme poverty by living on less than 1.9 USD per day.
This is why it is important that we all seek to find ways to have a social conscience and help those who are less fortunate. The one gender who suffers the most in the world is women and girls. This is why at Mondoro we seek to find ways to work with small women-based enterprises for our manufacturing needs.
You can discover more by reading Having a Social Conscience, What Everyone Should Know by clicking here.