CSR and small businesses
We have a local farm stand nearby and we frequent them in the summer. They sell local eggs, produce and flowers. One unique aspect is that people will return their egg cartons to them and the farm refills them for the next customer. It is a great system and in a small way, they are practicing their own version of CSR.
This week’s eSourcing Wiki article is: Implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility Part 4.
We have been discussing CSR for the last few weeks through the esourcing wiki series. The article wraps up at the end with how small businesses are impacted by large companies CSR programs. They reveal that the process needs to be collaborative or the small companies will not be able to comply with expectations of big business.
The majority of companies are small businesses. I found several articles of interest on how using social media can help smaller businesses do what they can and let others know about it.
The first is study from Georgetown University. The study was with small business in the Washington DC area. Companies like to focus on the communities they serve and are reluctant to brag about what they do. Read the Georgetown University study on CSR – The Story Small Business Doesn’t Tell .
The second article is aligned with the Georgetown study. The Five Best Practices for Small Businesses to Engage in CSR on Social Networks. It states that while 59% of larger companies publicize their efforts with CSR, only 30% of smaller organizations do.
Are you working for a small company? What do they do around CSR? If not, what do the small companies you associate with do? What best practices have you seen?
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We have found issues with large companies asking unrealistic expectations around CSR requirements during tenders which go out to SME's. They have obviously just copied and pasted the RFI from another tender. There simply needs to be some common sense in what they are asking and who it applies to. To have a PQQ which simply rejects a supplier if they dont have a formal CSR policy is ridiculous. All in all, as with many things, it comes down to the person running the tender and that it should be done in a responsible way.