Lots of people think about the environment when they hear a company talking about being socially responsible. The environment is very important and there’s much more we can all do to help protect our natural resources.
But the reason I joined New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is because I believe that socially responsible businesses should value their people, too. NHBSR works hard to educate and promote best practices for businesses who strive for exemplary treatment for their people and the planet. Members are leading the way and I get inspired when I hear of the many initiatives that exist within our state.
So I was excited to be an invited speaker at NHBSR’s 2012 Spring Conference. Mirjam IJtsma and I teamed up to present “Engaging Employees in Social Responsibility;” we facilitated an interactive session where participants collaborated and shared ideas that helped us all leave with a fresh outlook. You can download our presentation here.
The theme “Walking the Talk: The Profitability of Values” directly addressed the issues in environmental and social responsibility that business leaders are confronted with daily. Three tracks of sessions allowed attendees from large and small companies alike, as well as beginning to leader positions in sustainability practices, to find the perfect opportunity to learn and share best practices.
I found the keynote speaker, Andrew Winston of Winston Eco-Strategies and author of the Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold to be the highlight of the day. He was entertaining, but even more importantly, he offered new information and insights into how businesses should be creating new paradigms that help consumers use fewer resources.
Is your organization providing a socially responsible culture for your employees? Do you have some ideas that you’d like to share? Tell us here! We can all learn from examples of how you are creating a desirable workplace for your employees.