What are you and the company where you work doing to make the community a better place? The term "corporate social responsibility" became popular in the 1960s, and although some have deemed it merely a public relations stunt, most major companies have taken seriously the opportunity to contribute to their communities, beyond their core business.
God requires us to be givers, not takers, and the instinct to invest in the community is something to be applauded and encouraged. But even for people and companies that are less than spiritually minded, there are significant benefits to being openhanded toward community needs. An op ed in Business News Daily suggests,
Every company can benefit from getting involved in the community; entrepreneurs and professionals may benefit the most. Meeting regularly with a group of people who share your commitment to a cause is one of the surest ways to build real relationships and demonstrate your personal value. Working together, you're doing something that helps others, improves your community or supports a cause.
The article goes on to offer suggestions as to how to get involved. It offers suggestions on
- How to select an organization to support
- Who should be involved
- Whether to invest time or money
Although the article suggests that these initiatives should come from the top, wherever you rank on the corporate ladder, you can make a difference. If you are looking for ways to ignite a spirit of social responsibility in your workplace and you need ideas on how you and your coworkers can make a difference in your community, check out VolunteerMatch, an organization that strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Other organizations to investigate: