The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility: The Responsible Business View

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There is no such thing as social responsibility: there is only responsibility

When I was a kid, grandparents and even extended community such as schoolteachers and Sunday school teachers never talked about responsibility as being of special kinds or classes. My grandmother just asked, “are you responsible for this?” She was asking whether my actions had created a problem for others, even with the likelihood that I had not meant to do so. It was often a mess someone else was left to clean up. Maybe someone’s feelings that were tipped over by something I said. Or perhaps another child who got blamed and I refused to even consider I could also have been a part of the problem. The question was about effects in the world of my actions as they rippled out through several circles or rings of people and places; out into the world beyond me. She was asking me if I was taking others in account when I took action in word or deed.

Sr Fellow Social Innovation, Babson | Best Selling/Multi-Award Winning Author | Regenerative Paradigm Educator

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