In the practical, algorithmic world of engineers, any elements not directly related to product development may seem to be redundant elements affecting the daily work. We all understand the contribution of HR or marketing teams. And what benefits, from an engineer’s point of view, come from the fact that a company applies the policies of corporate social responsibility?
CSR is an approach according to which a company’s goal is not only to earn money, but above all, to make a positive change – globally and locally. It is the way the company generates profits and relates to its partners, employees, stakeholders and the entire business environment.
This positive impact can be of various nature: we can develop technologies that change the world (and make money this way), we can support growth of a region (by creating jobs), we can support natural environment by compensating for the footprint that we make, we can also support local communities by sharing profits in the form of e.g. charity or sponsorship.
It communicates in an open way and reveals a lot of information about its operations. Thus it is easy to learn how the management system is defined, what the employee career path is like, and even how much money the company spends on trainings and development.
You can also check what organizations the company cooperates with, what clients it serves, what competences it develops, what audits it is subject to and what their effects are. To get to know the company well, you should read its CSR report.
Acting in the spirit of social responsibility means to consciously, methodically build an ethical organization. Wherever there may be risks of ambiguous or fraudulent activities, the company introduces processes aimed at mitigating these risks. Thus you may find the written, operating procedures that, for example, prevent mobbing, unfair competition, bribery and the shadow economy.
Partnership is a state of equality of the parties and drive for mutual benefits.
In such an arrangement, there are no donors and recipients – there are cooperating parties and each of them is beneficiary.
From the point of view of a responsible company, employees are the same partners as, for example, customers or shareholders. The company cares about their professional satisfaction and ethical treatment, as well as their broadly understood well-being. In such a company, the passions of employees are supported and attention is paid to their needs. Hobbies and sports interests are supported, voluntary work is carried out, private time is respected, and the entire employee family is beneficial. Nowodays such employer care is a standard, must-have, and obvious element of the corporate reality. If we add a culture of values, open communication and anti-abuse procedures, as well as activities in the area of HR and EB, in result we get a friendly, growth-friendly workplace where you can find friends and the work is so much more than just a job.
Here are the 5 reasons why you should become interested in the company’s CSR policies:
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