. For a business to be socially responsible it means that the business is conscious of the environment in which it operates. The environmental conditions that influence the activities of a business define the society that the business is indebted to. Therefore, social responsibility is a way of giving back and in so doing businesses aim at improving the welfare of the society in general. Some of the reasons why businesses are indebted to the society include the fact that they are part of the society's problems. Secondly they have a moral duty to help. As an entity, a business should mind the welfare of everyone in society. Thirdly, businesses expect that they will continue operating in the society in future. This calls on them to protect the host society. Fourthly, business contribute to social ills in many way and so they must act to correct them where possible and finally, social responsibility improves the image of the business and endears it to the society even more.
I. Ways to make a commitment to do business responsibly
A. Provide a great work environment
B. Treat each other with respect and dignity
C. Embrace diversity as essential in the way you do business D. Apply the highest standards of excellence to your product or service E. Develop enthusiastically satisfied customers all of the time F. Contribute positively to your communities and your environment G. Recognize that profitability is essential to your future success H. Increase local and global presence
I. Be locally relevant
J. Be respectful of community concerns
K. Invest in communities
L. Minimize environmental footprint
M. Commit to environmental stewardship
N. Commit to health and wellness
O. Provide a great work environment
P. Listen to employees, and support open communication.
Q. Be responsive to customers.
R. Support local communities and economic development.