Local Leaders | Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce: Business and social responsibility

Steve Horton
Steve Horton

The Collins English Dictionary definition of ‘social conscience’ is “the state of being aware of the problems that affect a lot of people in society, such as being poor or having no home, and wanting to do something to help these people.”

The Wikepedia definition is: “a sense of responsibility or concern for the problems and injustices of society.”

The expectations by the community on the business sector have changed over the past decade, and there is a greater expectation that businesses, both public and private, serve a social purpose and demonstrate a social conscience.

One way business can become more involved in the community is to have a social conscience policy, and plan to offer assistance for those in need in our community. The plan would establish your intention, strategies and a budget for funding your plan. 

There is a greater need in our community than ever before, with an ever increasing and larger number of homelessness, domestic violence, families not being able to meet their daily needs, pay their rent or bills.

There are many groups that support these needs such as The Salvation Army, Dignity and Soul Warmers, to name just a few.

All these organisations need our support, and the business community must get behind the groups supporting the needs of the community. 

If you would like to know more about this topic or any other business related issues you can check out our web page at www.shchamber.com.au or call 0477012151.

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