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(26 Feb 2012)
1)I think that social responsibility is very important to every organization. By acting socially responsible organizations can benefit a lot like: reputation, good relationships and better morale to employees. In the long run being socially responsible helps organizations, because in fact everything in the world depends on the health of the ecosystem. I think it is also important that big organizations show the way others and guide them to do the same.

2)I think that ISO 26000 standard is a very great thing. It is great that there is something which helps different organizations to learn and act socially responsible. This standard includes all the essential factors.
(22 Feb 2012)
Social responsibility to employees extend beyond terms and conditions of the formal contract of employment and give recognition to the workers as a human being. People today have wider expectations of the quality of working life, included justice is treatment, opportunities for consultation and participation, training in new skill and technologies, effective personal and industrial relations policies, and provision of social and leisure facilities. Organization should be, for example, give due consideration to the design of work organization and job satisfaction, make very reasonable effort to give security to employment.
Yes and in the future there will be shortage of good employees. Then companies have to compete against each other to get the best ones. Jobseekers have then more power. Ecological issues can be one reason for them to apply or not to apply certain job.
(29 Feb 2012)
I do not agree to that shortage of good employees. I do not think that in Finland or some elsewhere in the world we will see a shortage of workers... because for example China is full of skilled employees and in 5 to 10 years Africa is also full of people and employees... If they cant find job in there they come here.
(26 Feb 2012)
Agreed about the latter part of your comment, ecologial issues can be one factor whether or not one applies for a certain job. But then again I agree with Vesa that jobseekers won't have any special in the future either. For me ISO 26000 standard shouldn't work as an advertisement for people who are searching for an eco-friendly job, it should focus more on promoting their beliefs so that other companies would follow. This could cause a healthy competition between different companies.
(25 Feb 2012)
I'm still think that power will stay in the hands of the companies, options are wide but reality is harsh. We already have options to choose from different kinds of careers or jobs, but still in most cases we take what is offered. Signs of another recession can be seen. Economical lows are not the times we can be selective. All in all the point is that we need financial solidity before we can be selective.
(16 Feb 2012)
If a company has Iso 26000 certification it attracts investors. Investors and financiers are interested to finance ethically healthy organizations.
(26 Feb 2012)
It indeed looks better if the companies have the ISO26000 certification, but we need to remember that the investors care more about the money. They want to invest in thing that produce well. The ISO2600 is just a bonus, but it also depends that what the investors are looking for.
(21 Feb 2012)
When investors starts to get familiar with ISO 26000 they probably will start to invest companies with who has it. But we have to remember , unfortunately, that there is a lot of investors who still doesn't care about social responsibility or environment. Only thing they want to get is big profits. Let's hope that those investors will change their mind when they have learned more about ISO 26000 and social responsibility in common.
(17 Feb 2012)
I agree with you, too. Nowadays social responsibility is an important part of the business so investors and financiers are more critical where they will invest.
I agree with the fact that if a company has iso 26000 it looks more attractive to investors and financiers.
(15 Feb 2012)
I think existing initiatives of social responsibilities of any company, Organization or public sector is not enough. ISO 2600 will add a values by providing harmonized globally relevant guidance. Implementing social responsibility to a company/organization efficiently and effectively can be challenge because understanding of what "Social Responsibility" means may vary from one organization/company to another. Therefore if all companies and organization apply this standard ISO 2600 will enable them to speak the same language.

Elisante Kimambo
I think that it is really important for companies to be a socially responsible. Company that is socially responsible can have the staff that enjoy working there and it can make the employees’ more commitment. In my own work the social responsibility can be seen in many ways but for example employer arranging employee satisfaction survey once a year.
I agree with you also. Especially nowadays when salary is not the number one criteria for the work. It is more important that people really like what they do. If they don't, they easily look for another job. My own employer also arrange a satisfaction survey regularly.
You have a point, because it is ver important that people engoy their work and environment where they are. I think that the working atmosphere has a huge affect on the employees.
(17 Feb 2012)
This is very nice aspect! I mean that you noticed to think social responsibility as employee. Emplyees are important for every company and in my opinion every company should take care of employee. For example a company can give good image from social responsibility for investors. However empolyees may have a different thoughts. It would be important to be in balance.
I agree with you. Every employee can be proud of their work. It will affect to their workmoral and they are more committed to their work assignments than those who works in a company which is not a member of ISO 26000.
(26 Feb 2012)
I also agree that because it's true that when the workes are highly motivated to work the work's results are better,widely. ( and ISO 26000 standard will raise the motivation at work)
(13 Feb 2012)
I think social responsibility is important now a days because it help us see the bigger picture, not only worry about our problems and what affect us but how what we do will affect the world. We should have this in mind every day because it is in our hand the future of the world, and for many years we've been using our resources fearless and fully without knowing that we should perserve them and use them wisely. ISO26000 will help countries and companies to create a proper environment in their actions to perserve the earth and our future generation.
Yes, i agree with you lau11! Social responcibility should be a part of our daily life at home, at work and on our free time. We should think about the consequenses a make a better world for our future generations. With our actions we can make a difference but, nobody cant do it alone, we have to work together.
ISO26000 can help companies improve their reputation. I think if people would require social responsilibity from companies, there would be more socially responsible companies. People shouldn't support companies that aren't thinking social responsibility and most important the ones that aren't acting that way.
(26 Feb 2012)
I agree with you. But often people don't care or the socially responsible product is more expensive. I think there should be more inrofmation about social responsibilties and comapanies which acts socially responsible. Then people could deside is it more important to have cheaper or more responsible product.
That's true. I think, if most of the companies would operate by the rules of ISO-26000 it would affect employees' and customers' behavior positively. If I know a social responsible company, I definitely will support their products and services more than those companies which don't act socially responsible way.
The minimum wage in many countries it is so small, that people can not live with that amount of money. Many large companies are moving their factories in those countries which means that when we are buying those products we are supporting that kind of business model.
(13 Feb 2012)
In high income countries such as Finland, consumers are now a days more aware about problems concerning manufacturing in developing countries. That leads companies to solve these problems and keen attention to risks, which are related to their own social responsibility.
(12 Feb 2012)
It is very important for employees to have a socially responsible environment. It will improve motivation to work and it is easier for staff to reach their full potential.
(13 Feb 2012)
That´s true also in addition through excellent social responsibility also comppanies and the natural environment benefits.
(12 Feb 2012)
Social responsibility is a very important topic among organisations today. It has to be on the list when we think about how organisations should act. I think that many organisations say that they operate in a socially responsibly way. I wonder is it fully the truth. I hope it is. It`s great that organisations use ISO26000 in their operations and i think it`s also a guarantee for people to really see and believe that organisations act in a socially responsibly way.

-Aino Putkinen
(13 Feb 2012)
I don`t think that every company operates in a socially responsibly way even when they say so. I believe the companies want to think they are doing right by making some changes in the organisation. Usually the changes are very small but the companies make them look bigger.
-Paulina Oksa
(07 Mar 2012)
Sometimes companies say that they do something BIG changes and everything looks great on paper but in a companys organization emplyees don't feel the change (nothing happens).
(15 Feb 2012)
Sometimes it feels very naive when companies are making big noise about their sosial and environmental responsibility. I think some companies are using these values just to look good in customers eyes - the real action is hidden.
(26 Feb 2012)
I agree with you. I know a company where they sell organic milk to their customers but they do not sort their waste. Of course customers think that they are supporting environment but it is not the truth.
(26 Feb 2012)
I think that unfortunately there is companies which are saying that they are socially responsible even they really are not. I also think that it is because they wan to look good in customers eyes.
(12 Feb 2012)
I think it's great that all kind of organizations (big and small, public, commercial and private)can take advantage of ISO26000. Standard is available in several countries, mostly in home language, which makes it easier to introduce. And I agree about the benefits of ISO26000. Companies can improve their relations, and their reputation will improve in customers' eyes.



(14 Feb 2012)
Yeah i agree with you that companies should really consider to use the benefits of ISO26000. It can really take company to another level. Marketing this ISO26000 would give a little boost to get it better known worldwide. In future social responsibility will get more important than ever!
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree! ISO26000 is available for any kind of organizations, I think that one of the main reasons why ISO26000 is working, is that all kind of organizations can take advantage of it. Only problem is that why every company doesn't use it? I hope that in the future ISO26000 will be more popular.
(13 Feb 2012)
Great comments and ideas AnttiA. I really think you have hit the point. I also think that, with time ISO 26000 will be used in many many more organizations. It's benefits seem so obvious to me and other concerned customers!
(12 Feb 2012)
I was just wondering how many organizations in Finland actually use ISO 26 000? When I read the article about it I found it very interesting and beneficial for many companies but is it used by just few bigger companies or is it common in the smaller ones as well?
(14 Feb 2012)
Yes I agree, I don´t think that many organization in Finland knows about ISO 26 000. Finland could be in leading role what it comes to social responsibility, our education system and KELA(maybe TOO well known) are well known around the world, why not our companies social responsibility?
(12 Feb 2012)
I wondered the same thing too. I also think that some companies don't even know enough about ISO 26000. That's why they don't probably realize to use it and benefit from it.
I agree with you all about the benefits of using ISO 26 000. Maybe it should be obligatory for all companies instead of being a voluntary guideline. Maybe governments should make some laws about this to help its popularity. Even though companies benefit from ISO 26 000, they are not always that eager to do changes to their actions. If it was compulsory, they had no choice.
(12 Feb 2012)
I also wondered why ISO 26 000 is just a voluntarily guideline. I think that there are lots of companies who don’t use ISO 26 000 because they simply don’t know enough about it. Also the trouble of making the necessarily changes is probably a reason for many companies. Making ISO 26 000 compulsory in some countries might help both the companies and the countries.
(12 Feb 2012)
I think social responsability is in our hands, it's very important nowadays to take care about ourselves and our wishes but also to take care of the others in our society, we need to be a solidary community so we could change the others. Each person should first change so the rest could follow our concern about this theme. Maybe we won't be able to see the difference in the first weeks, months or years, but if we continue to do it until the end, the change might be quite big.
(12 Feb 2012)
Yes I also think that is good for the companies to use ISO26000, but first it should be well recognized also for the customers of the companies. Even more companies will use ISO26000, if the customers demand it.
I think that the companies which uses ISO26000 guidelines, have lots of benefits. First of all they can be a part of social and environmental responsibility. They can also save money, because they don't have to plan their own guidelines. In developing countries ISO26000 guidelines are very important, because there are so many things that a responsible firm must consider, for example social and legal matters. I also see these kind of firms which uses ISO26000 guidelines as a reliable and visible firms.
Although companies and organizations that uses ISO-26000 guidelines have lots of benefits, I think that governments should support those companies and organizations also. E.g some kind of support money.
(15 Feb 2012)
I think encouraging companies and organizations to stick to these standards by giving support money would be a good thing because some companies that might otherwise think that trying to change their ways to meet the ISO 26000 standards would damage their profitability. For example, India has been hesitant about this standard because they are worried they can't meet the labour standards of the ISO 26000. The International Community should meet these actors halfway and think up a reward / compensation program for organizations that want help in falling in line with the ISO 26000 standards.
(12 Feb 2012)
Being a part of ISO26000 is a big step towards a better future and companies show that they care about the environment by having it. Companies get also good reputation of ISO 26000 and I could see myself easily choosing a product from a company that has ISO 26000 over a company that doesn't have it.

-Minka Ojanen
I agree with Minka that being a part of ISO26000 is very important for companies. People want to buy more environmental friendly products nowadays. That's why ISO26000 is a competitive advantage to company because it proves that company is socially and environmentally responsible.
(25 Feb 2012)
I also think that ISO26000 is a good thing. Though I would like to see it more in media. There are no ads on tv, internet or in paper. This is maybe a company based idea, but i think consumers should also be informed about this. It doesn't have be a big ad, but at least some kind of comment or notification in a product. I think this would help a lot to get ISO26000 to be more known.
I think the question is why shouldn't every company be a part of ISO26000? There are only benefits to accomplish! I think that the problem for most of the corporations is that they don't know about ISO26000 so there should be more promotion about this.
(12 Feb 2012)
I also think the promotion is a great idea. However I think it should be focused both for companies and consumers. That way also the customers would have enough knowledge to require the social responsibilities from the companies.
(12 Feb 2012)
In my opinion, the question is rather money than lack of awareness. Businesses exist to make money and too often that is, unfortunately, the one and only thing that really matters. All the same promotion is what social responsibility needs to become a worldwide phenomenon.
I agree. For example in the small companies they may not have resources as much as the standard requires. But then, they care about the money, and it's the only thing that they focus on. It is quite sad to think about it so companies should really develop their action to become more socially responsible even though it may be challenging for some companies.
I agree with the promotion thing. Nowadays I think many organisations would be interested in ISO26000.
ISO26000 supports the understanding of social responsibility. So companies with ISO26000 are eco-friendly and up-to-date. It also helps organizations to act environmentally friendly, which is important today. Nowadays people choose and prefer environment friendly companies. It helps organizations to move
good intentions to good actions.
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree with Niina. ISO26000 can help and guide organizations to operate in a socially responsible manner. And it does not just help the world but can be very profitable to organization itself. So that is why I believe that every organization should consider to joining the standard.
(12 Feb 2012)
Social responsibility sure is important today. People nowadays are more and more concerned about things like these. When you think way back people really weren't thinking stuff like this. For example think about slavery.

-Mikael Koskinen
(12 Feb 2012)
It's true that nowadays people think more and more social responsibility. However, there are still many things that organizations could improve.

I read an article and interview about Barry Estabrook's book "Tomatoland - How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit". It tells about the tomato industry in Florida and the slavery which is still happening in the modern world. The book is a wake-up call for everyone and I recommend to read it. It's very interesting and informative. Here is the link for the article.

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/28/137371975/how-industrial-farming-destroyed-the-tasty-tomato

Many people buy goods and food without thinking where it's coming from. Next time when you are in fast food restaurant you might think who has picked that tomato which is in your hamburger.
Thanks Ida for sharing the article. It was a bit creepy to find out what kind of things goes around that industry. The mass-produced tomatoes doesn't sound that delicious anymore. We should buy more the season's vegetables and fruits, and reduce the consumption of the off season products.
(12 Feb 2012)
It’s true that people and companies think and act more responsibly nowadays compared to the past. But there are probably also many companies that are only disguising their actions to look like they care about social responsibilities because it’s good for business. Luckily there are standards like ISO 26000 which helps responsible companies to convince people that they’re truly trying to do their part in making things right.
(12 Feb 2012)
I thought of that, too. There must be a great number of companies using social resbonsibility as a way to benefit and fool customers to think something that isn't quite true after all. The big question is how to catch those companies and determine the consequences.
I agree with you. I think that social responsibility has an important role today. But in future it is going to be more important. People respect ecological values. It's good that companies take environmental values ​​into their daily activities.
I think it is very good that voluntary companies are executing social responsibility via standard like ISO 26000. By following instructions of ISO 26000 companies are carrying their social responsibility.

- Kasperi Äikäs
(12 Feb 2012)
no doubt comppanies can benefit from differetent standards like iso26000. through standars both comppany employees and customers can adjust to live more social responsible.
(12 Feb 2012)
When talking about adjusting to live more socially responsible, I would say customers have the will to do it whereas companies have the tools to do it. The challenge is to combine these two in a profitable way.
I agree with you all. There might be other benefits too.
Social responsibility improves companys reputation and it makes easier to recruit new employees.
Employees may stay longer in the company and they can be better motivated and more productive.
I think that understanding the wider impact of companys business can help developing new products, services and innovations to the market.
Hopefully social responsibility standards (like ISO 26000) are becoming a generalized requirement of society.

- Henri Tenhunen
Maybe social responsibility is coming soon compulsory to all companies and societies because the insufficient situation of todays social responsibility. That would be great, if governments and policymakers from all nations decide that standard like ISO 26000 must be included to daily programs of companies and societies.
I think also that companies should take ISO 26000. Organization can get more competitive advantage when they use ISO 26000. It can also give a better reputation or improve it. Using social responsibility is ability to attract for example workers, customers or clients. Social responsibility can improve employees’ morale, commitment and productivity. ISO 26000 makes better relationship for example with customers, the media, suppliers and other companies.

-Jonna Pasanen
(26 Feb 2012)
Social responsibility is very important nowadays and it is important that organizations care about the environment. I think that there is so many benefits of using ISO 26000 that more companies should use it.
(24 Feb 2012)
I agree with you Jonna. There is so much companies could achieve by implementing these guidelines to their operations. It's a shame that everyone doesn't understand this or doesn't care about it.
(21 Feb 2012)
I think you have a very good point, Jonna. ISO 26000 will give a great advantage to those companies that has it. I think investors, customers and governmet's will more likely want to work with companies with ISO 26000.
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree with Jonna about the benefits of ISO guidance on social responsibility. There is, however, a major problem with the guidance. Due to its voluntariness the guidance is not used as a fundamental element for business functions among different companies on a regular basis. Companies may not say it out loud that, in my opinion, they do need more real life proof on the economic benefits of socially responsible behaviour to convince themselves it is reasonable to take part in it.
(11 Feb 2012)
It's a shame that all those eco friendly products are so expensive. I'd like to buy organic food because of its better quality but as a student I really can't afford it. So even if I'd like to make better decisions money stops me to do so.
I agree with you. I think that the biggest reason why people don't buy organic products is the higher price. I think that there must be some way to make the price difference smaller between organic and non-organic products, maybe the VAT could be lower for organic products.
I find Roosa's idea of lowering the VAT rate on organic products interesting. That could encourage the manufacturers/farmers and at the same time it would have an effect on customers too.

At the same time I still think that it's the customers who make the difference. Even though for instance Globe Hope's (http://www.globehope.com/en/?___from_store=fi)products are expensive as hell, there are other second hand shops as well. If you get what I mean.

We all need to change our way of thinking. It's not just the companies.
(12 Feb 2012)
I have to agree too. I try to buy organic food as much as possible but sometimes the price difference is just too much compared to other non-organic products.
(12 Feb 2012)
I also couldn't agree more.. I'd say that's the only reason why I'm not as "eco-person" as I could be! At least it's a bit comforting that we are enjoying mainly organic food at our schools cafeteria.
I agree with you on this. It's a shame that organic food is so expensive. As a stundent I often have to choose non-organic food product because of its price.
(12 Feb 2012)
I also agree with you guys. Price is the only reason I choose the non-organic option. I’d also like to support more domestic manufacturers, but in many occasions I have to buy the cheaper, non-organic and foreign alternative.
I think many people are already thinking what they are buying and where those things are coming from. For example organic food and fair trade products. How ever there is still those kind of products that are fateful for the environment. For those products consumers should think another option.
(12 Feb 2012)
Many times those products more harmful to the environment cost less. Unfortunately it is common that people do not have the money or will to buy more expensive products that are less harmful to the environment. Prices are always negotiable whereas attitudes are the ones people stick to. We need to have some serious changes into attitudes like “if the others won’t do it why should I”.
(11 Feb 2012)
In my opinion we're heading the right way by recognizing these responsibilities to our surroundings. I think that there is still a lot to do to get better obviously. But we have made a start at least. Compared to the situation before no one even knew the word social responsibility.
-Annika Laukkanen
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree that the direction is right. I think that spreading awareness of social responsibility is essential because everyone can make a difference. More companies should start acting more responsibly. Even small actions make a difference.
Anna Hartzell
(12 Feb 2012)
Nowadays the meaning of social responsibility is well known but what needs better understanding is how to implement that responsibility into everyday life. ISO 26 000 provides companies a guidance but we should not rely on that guidance or other similar information. A promise is easy to make but keeping it is another thing. This world needs promises that are being kept.
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree with that. It really is easier to make promises than to keep them. But I also think that when general public comes more aware of the importance of social responsibility they can pressure companies to keep the promises with their everyday purchasies. I know I wouldn't byu anything from a company that says it doesn't use animal testing if could find divergent information from somewhere else.
I agree with the previous comments that companies should not only think about the profit they are making but also about social responsibility. I think customers could encourage companies to think more about social responsibility by preferring companies that are acting in a socially responsible way.
I think that social responsibility improves companys reputation. In long run it can reflect to companys profitability and competitiveness.
(12 Feb 2012)
I do believe that in the long run, like mentioned above, being socially responsible will benefit the company itself too. Generating profit in a socially responsible way may run into monetary difficulties especially with small companies. Governments could provide economic incentives to companies that are interested in improving social responsibility among their business functions but would have a critical loss in profit if doing so.
(12 Feb 2012)
Enhanced reputation elevate staffs morality and companys ability to persuade new employee and keep old workers in its service.
(12 Feb 2012)
Besides staff, companys good reputation can make a difference in persuaiding other interest groups like investors and owners. So as social responsibility comes more an more important for people, being socially resbonsible can have an effect for example on companys ability to get new financing and therefore also companys ability to develop and generate profit.
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree with miss Kujala. It is very important for company to have motivated staff. This will definitely lead to better results and profits.
People in today's society are increasingly aware of the benefits of being socially responsible. Businessess should take this into consideration and make use of ISO 26000. I agree with the previous that Finland should be a leading country when it comes to being socially responsible. I think and hope that companies that only think about the profit won't be in the markets as long as companies which take social responsibility into consideration.
(12 Feb 2012)
I agree on how companies need to widen their goals to include social responsibility. Nevertheless, making profit will sustain its importance because it allows companies to invest in research and development. The question of the future is how to make profit by being socially responsible.
(10 Feb 2012)
I agree that social responsibility is and will become more and more important in the future. I think that companies should take ISO 26000 to use in their companies as soon as possible. The world is heading toward a point where politicians and other decision- makers are forced to come up with laws and rules to companies social responsibility. I think that companies who are or is already going towards more socially responsible thinking, will have an huge advantage in the future.
(22 Feb 2012)
I believes that it’s so important to be social responsible. That means people and organizations must behave ethically and with sensitivity toward social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. Striving for social responsibility helps individuals, organizations and governments have a positive impact on development, business and society with a positive contribution to bottom-line results.
(12 Feb 2012)
The advantage is not, however, achieved that fast because of the status money has. I do agree that there are pressures towards legislation on social responsibility but at the same time politicians need to consider how compulsive regulations may influence on businesses. In my opinion, our legislation should encourage companies to stay in Finland.
(10 Feb 2012)
Finland should be one of the leading countries when it comes to organizations social responsibility. We have now a good chance to act like everybody should and show the way to the world!! Or should we just think about the profit? When reading about the ISO 26000, I agreed that organizations can benefit of acting like the guidance says. I think the values the organization has will be more and more important in the future. And acting in social responsible way will grow globally and Finland should be in front in that evolution!
-Juha Kolari
(12 Feb 2012)
Generally speaking Finnish companies need to specialise themselves in order to prosper on the global market. Committing to social responsibility could be an option for Finnish companies to identify themselves from the other companies around the world and thereby lead into expertise among socially responsible business functions. Finland may lack in size compared to many countries, but we definitely do not lack neither in skills nor innovative thinking, which is why Finland and the Finnish companies should invest in social responsibility to become a forerunner in it, like mentioned above.