CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Business ethics and corporate social responsibility go hand-in-hand. Corporate social responsibility supports the community through initiatives that involve stakeholders, such as customers, employees, investors, clients, suppliers, environmental groups, etc. Corporate social responsibility helps to make the community, and ultimately the world, a better place. For example, an organization might have a significant recycling initiative that helps to protect the environment. Another organization might work to build hospitals and clean water facilities in third world countries.
There are many ways that organizations might practice good citizenship and responsibility.
Corporate stakeholder relationships include four levels of responsibilities:
Economic: Organizations should operate to stay in business and to provide job security to employees and a return on investment to investors. Example: The company has a board of directors that oversee operations.
Legal: Organizations should comply with the law and any rules and regulations. Example: The company regularly examines policies and procedures to ensure compliance.
Ethical: Organizations should follow ethical and moral principles. Example: The company offers a fair wage to all employees with opportunity for advancement.
Philanthropic: Organizations provide money and/or services to promote human welfare and goodwill. Example: The company supports a green initiative to preserve the environment.
For this CSR assignment, you will focus only on one of the last two levels: Ethical or Philanthropic.
SELECT AN ORGANIZATION
Select an organization or company that supports either an ethical or a philanthropic corporate responsibility initiative as described above.
Select an organization that interests you.
A good way to find a company’s social responsibility plan is on the company’s website. Look for the term “Social Responsibility” or “Sustainability.” For example, on the Coca Cola site, under Sustainability, you will see several different initiatives involving the environment, clean water, women’s empowerment, and more.
IMPORTANT: Most companies have several different plans or initiatives. You select only ONE plan for your report.
You must use at least 2 resources for this assignment.
One resource will be the organization’s website where you will find information about the company and about its CSR plan or initiative.
The second resource must be a credible resource about corporate social responsibility programs and the value they provide customers and organizations.
Use either the ECPI library or Google Scholar to find this second resource.
You may find it easier to use the ECPI Library. Google Scholar sometimes requires you to buy articles.
Use the template that you have downloaded from the template link at the top of this page to write your report. The template is already formatted in APA style. You just need to add your content and your citations.
The template has the cover page for you to insert your information.
The template has the headings and the information you need to provide under each heading.
Be sure you provide in-text citations that show what information you are using from which resource. (Refer to the APA Lib Guide.)
The References page is already formatted. Add your two references.
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