23.05.2019Change Solutions

Bite size – why is it important for a company to have a corporate social and environmental responsibility?

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Welcome to Bite Size – our bi-monthly blog where we explore a topic in bite size form – short, sharp and easy to digest

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Today millions of voters across Europe will vote for members of the European Parliament. Currently Europe’s Greens are on course for their strongest showing to date. There is no denying that progressive public opinion is currently shifting towards a greater focus on climate change, humane policies and social welfare.

But for companies how important is it for them to have a workable corporate social responsibility policy that actually makes a difference?
Probably now, more than ever.

There is a greater awareness now of how plastic is ruining our planet, especially our oceans, so what is your company doing about their plastic use?

Companies are actively embracing the opportunity to be as low impacting on the environment as possible. Recently IKEA made a pledge to only use renewable and recycled materials by 2030. What is your policy on renewables and using recycled-only materials?

Our younger generations are walking out of school to protest about climate change. Are you listening to them?

From a leadership perspective, we know that a fish rots from the head down. In organisations, C-suites are little without effective presidents, heads and leaders. If you sit within this it is your responsibility to lead on how to be environmentally friendly and to be close to your customers’ needs and wishes. Because in the end if the consumer turns away from your product or service because they don’t agree with your corporate stance it will directly decide your organisation’s fate.

Finally, whatever your corporate social and environmental responsibility is, you could probably do more, we all could.

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