How Learning and Development Is Important to Social Responsibility

Guest blog by Brigg Patten

Social responsibility is a set of ethical ground rules that an organization or individual has an obligation to the community or society at large. It stipulates a duty for every individual to perform so it maintains a balance between the ecosystems and economy. It focuses on the idea that companies should not be focused only on profit, but developing a positive relationship to the society which they operate out of. Generally, green companies have made social responsibility an integral part of their operations.

Some investors use a company’s social capital a veritable asset for fulfilling some investment criterion. For instance, if an investor does not believe in smoking tobacco, they may not invest in a company that produces tobacco. Not all investors follow the same framework of social conscience. Milton Friedman believes that the higher that a company is socially responsible, the higher the chance that they are analytical loose and lack rigor. He stands behind the notion that people are only able to develop and cultivate social responsibility, not the business itself.

Pushing Employee Training and Development

The notion that education is the key to success in all channels of society is not new. Even Plato believed that the society which he lived was corrupt, and he saw that education was the only way to creating an ideal society. Confucius believes that human nature could be improved in a qualitative way through education. The human condition has not really changed since those days; selfishness and selflessness. People with virtues are sought after, and education is one of the primary ways which the world’s problems can be solved. A corporate’s efforts to spread social responsibility among their stakeholders through employee training and development remains vital to operating a sustainable business model.

Under the combined efforts and guidance of various professionals and organizations, ethical charters are being drawn up. Sustainable budgets, development, and diversity management departments are being created. More organizations are taking authentic, ethical interests in major environmental and social issues. It also inadvertently helps with a business’s brand image and the need to satisfy their stakeholder’s anxieties.

The Employee’s Role in Developing Social Responsibility

Employees want their companies to implement meaningful policies to demonstrate virtue. There is a growing demand to validate social responsible behavior that exhibits compassion. Education allows companies to respond to this demand adequately and proportionately with common sense, ideals, reason, and emotion. Rome wasn't built in a day, and it will take more than a day to incorporate social responsibility with employees. Social and personal responsibility stems from adequate education, exchange, reflection, retrospect, sharing, and consistent effort.

A Business Requirement

For many employers, it makes more sense to offer social responsibility as an avenue of employment. Offering clients a blended experience of trainees and consultants can save them money by preventing them from sending other business processes offshore. Here are some principles which can be followed to negotiate social responsibility with stakeholders:

•        Bringing different cultures and worlds together

•        Turning top management into professionals

•        Turning the charity culture into professionals

•        Operate with sensitive and cognitive approaches through corporate responsibility

•        Culminating and cultivating general knowledge

•        Integrating honesty in corporate communications and responsibilities

Personal Development and Growth

In order to tap into the social asset of employees taking part and parcel in social responsibility, the workforce needs to pursue personal/corporate learning and development. Not only should a corporation act responsibility with who they hire, and how they treat them, but they should foster a company culture that promotes social responsibility. A responsible company will ensure that none of its employees will feel alienated through proactive training in sensitivity, bias, and current skill-sets. The more that a company fosters social responsibility through its training programs and employees, the more likely that everyone involved will be successfully engaged.

Brigg Patten writes in the business and tech spaces.