In light of recent global events affecting our environment and communities, there are now more ways than ever for organizations and individuals to take part in the causes that they believe in.
As studies have shown the positive impacts of volunteerism and charity, more organizations are understanding the additional benefits an organization can see through giving. Byproducts of these altruistic actions for a business can include stronger brand recognition and an increase in employee morale.
Most large organizations have teams dedicated to maintaining partnerships with various organizations in order to help support their missions and to provide opportunities for their employees to get involved. But, for an organization just starting to think about their culture and an aspect of social responsibility, the first step is to bring awareness by defining what it means for your team. This consciousness can formed by:
Aligning your core values
What is your company’s mission?
Are there guiding principles that help to govern the day-to-day decisions?
Once there is a defined handful of words with meaning to your organization, you can then be more focused on finding and forming the most impactful opportunities.
Leveraging your existing practices
Social responsibility extends past time and monetary donations. It includes paying your employees a fair & livable wage, staying abreast of health & safety standards, choosing to work with ethical business partners, and, even, having reusable supplies in the office like mugs and utensils in the name of sustainability.
Are there organizations in your community that you work with and/or align with your own team’s culture and values? If so, are there ways to help get involved?
Once an organization evaluates who they are, how they wish to represent themselves, and the communities in which they service, they are then better positioned to integrate a social mission, establish a giving goal, and further enhance policy & practices to build social responsibilities into their culture and hiring practices.
There is great opportunity for businesses to lead through example and provide the platform from which they can inspire and galvanize their individuals to take part in social change and action.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss additional ways to get involved, please reach out to your HR representatives.