Corporate Responsibility

Something totally different this post.  I came across Bill Gates’s speech at the world economic forum in Davos on YouTube where he talks about corporate responsibilty or as he named it “Creative Capitalism” and how we should think in a more socially respobsible matter.

I beleive social responsibility is not only something unique to big corporations but should be in everyones thoughts.  Big companies like Microsoft have alot to offer like the ability to use their research and development centers to solve problems, or give away software and hardware to poorer nations.  But social responsibility affects all of us.

Employees should be encouraged to come up with ideas to help the community.  Every business can help and should.  Even entities which are not profit oriented can help and need help. Schools can offer education for illiterate people which can be sponsored by big publishers.  It’s a win-win situation, with more people who can read, more books can be sold and everyone is happy.  I used to work for a software company that sponsored University Graduation projects,  it helps steer the students towards the real job market and helps us tap into the future job applicant pool before they have even jumped in it.  Again it is a win-win situation.  I can think of so many other great examples.

How about on the smaller scale?  I think as individuals our responsibility comes in the form of charitable work, giving money, being more environmentally friendly, volunteering time to help with needy causes and the most important one of all is parenting.  Parenting is a social responsibility, raising children which are more aware of their responsibilities towards the rest of the world.

In today’s capitalist world, the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.  What are you or your company doing to help, I really would love to know, please leave a comment and let me know.

Bill Gates’s Speech

Transcript

World Economic Forum Website

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