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Susan Fourtané   12/28/2013 12:37:26 AM
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Rich, 

I love your observation. 

"And if no one were watching? Would it still even be a consideration in that mindset?" 

If no one were watching it would be a matter of principles, a matter of personal and/or business ethics. It would be a matter of a different kind of responsibility, maybe the one that really counts: When it's yourself the only one who is watching. 

How a person or a corporation acts when no one is watching is the real measure of social responsibility, and the real measure of whether you want to do business with that person or company."

Exactly.

I could paraphrase myself saying: 

Corporate social responsibility is a hard-edged business decision. Not because someone else is watching . . . but because your own conscious is watching."

-Susan

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Re: Self initiated CSR
Susan Fourtané   12/22/2013 7:11:24 AM
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HH, 

"People often do their job right if they know that they will be accountable for their wrong deeds." 

I have always found that very sad. I believe it's a sort of training that starts in the school years. As a whole, kids are assessed for what they do wrong, not for what they do right. More emphasis is always put on the errors made, rather than on achievements. This continues in high school, and college.

Later on, that's how people have been trained all their life, so it's pretty natural to continue with the same practice in adulthood, in companies, governments, and all.

Imagine how much better it would be if kids were trainied differently, following the concept of trust, being encouraged, and motivated to do always better, and do the best they can.

How much better would it be to offer rewards, instead of punishments. There is no difference between kids, and grown ups if you think about it. The only thing that changes is the punishment.

Back to the companies with good CSR, what about rewarding the good ones, instead of punishing the ones that don't meet the requirements? Do you think it would work better?

-Susan   

 

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Re: Self initiated CSR
Susan Fourtané   12/22/2013 6:53:13 AM
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HH, 

Gee! :P Okay. It sounds horrible. I can't even think of a point of doing such a thing calling themselves "humanitarians", or NGOs. I can't even imagine what they do to abuse the poor populations instead of helping them.

What do they do? This really puzzles me. You see, a person has to have a really bad heart to take advantage of the ones in need. 

-Susan 

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Re: Self initiated CSR
Susan Fourtané   12/22/2013 6:43:05 AM
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Prabhakar, 

Thanks for the links. :) This is definitely something I have to look into. 

-Susan 

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Susan Fourtané   12/22/2013 6:38:58 AM
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Prabhakar, 

Thanks. Three years in jail is quite some time so I am just imagining all the companies are probably very careful in repoting in time, and doing everything right about their CSR contributions. 

Do you remember we have discussed about Wipro, being on top of the Greenpeace list this year? I am guessing they do very well in their CSR's reports as well. 

-Susan 

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Susan Fourtané   12/22/2013 6:38:55 AM
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Prabhakar, 

Thanks. Three years in jail is quite some time so I am just imagining all the companies are probably very careful in repoting in time, and doing everything right about their CSR contributions. 

Do you remember we have discussed about Wipro, being on top of the Greenpeace list this year? I am guessing they do very well in their CSR's reports as well. 

-Susan 

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Re: Self initiated CSR
Hospice_Houngbo   12/22/2013 6:31:47 AM
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@prabhakar: Accountability is always the best way to make people abide by the principles and laws regulating their activities. People often do their job right if they know that they will be accountable for their wrong deeds.

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Re: Self initiated CSR
Hospice_Houngbo   12/22/2013 6:27:09 AM
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@SF: I don't want to name anyone's name, but I've heard stories of humanitarian workers and NGOs who abuse the poor populations instead of helping them.

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prabhakar_deosthali   12/22/2013 5:59:18 AM
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Susan,

 

For more info pl read

www.kordant.com/assets/2-Percent-India-CSR-Report.pdf

www.indianexpress.com/news/companies-bill-passed...csr.../1047290/

 

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Re: Self initiated CSR
prabhakar_deosthali   12/22/2013 5:52:46 AM
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Susan,

 

Yes. The board of directors of the company are responsible to report how they have spent their 2 % of the profits on CSR activities.

The non compliance or even failure to report , will attract penalties as well as jail upto 3 years .

 

CSR compliance is now part of the Company Law in India.

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