SHRM Study: Globalization Spurs Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility is one result of corporations going global, with about 80% of the businesses surveyed in seven countries developing some type of strategy or program, according to the 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Pilot Study.

The Society for Human Resource Management’s study found that practices ranged from donating to local charities to monitoring global fair labor standards.

“Organizations are increasingly assessing the social and environmental impact of their business decisions,” president and CEO Susan R. Meisinger said in a statement.

HR professionals in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, and the United States were surveyed.

The report shows that 64% of respondents from China think providing company-sponsored volunteer events after work hours is the best method of involving employees in these programs.

However, 72% of respondents in the United States, 68% in Canada, and 66% in Australia value employee recognition as the best way to involve employees in corporate social responsibility programs.

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About 66% of HR professionals in Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, and the United States promote their organizations’ efforts via a corporate publication, with nearly 80% of HR professionals in Brazil relying on the same internal communication, the report says.

The report also shows that more than 60% of businesses in Brazil consider the overall impact of their business decisions on corporate social responsibility policies, with 47% of HR professionals in the United States and 26% of HR professionals in Mexico saying the same thing.

So who is ultimately responsible for creating the strategies? In India, 32% of HR professionals think that task should rest with the CEO. In Canada, 32% of HR professionals think it should be a responsibility of the senior management team. And in Mexico, 41% think it should be a duty of the board of directors.

The Society for Human Resource Management says it is forming a new special expertise panel on corporate social responsibility.

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.


1 Comment on “SHRM Study: Globalization Spurs Social Responsibility

  1. “Often the bigger the lie the easier it is to tell”

    I am not suggesting that any lies are being told, however the spin is masking what is really going on here. Corporations embrace globalisation to make more money, all the hype about improving our world is a well managed and highly effective smokescreen.

    The total number of jobs lost to third world countries since “globalisation” is staggering. As is the social impact to people that lost their jobs. The rich have become staggeringly richer, and poor communities are being created at an alarming rate. People in our society have jobs that support families ? take this away and you see poverty, broken families, broken relationships, dissent and anger.

    With anger come the measures of civil containment – increased security, increased policing, stringent laws, media control ? ring any bells?

    Work is being directed to poorer countries, where salaries are extremely cheap, and where poor people in survival mode will accept any conditions, they don’t usually get out of poverty by having a job. On a massive scale poor countries are deliberately destabilised to ensure they are in no position other than to comply. Economies are managed through ?cash loans? with tilted pay back conditions, and to a large extent ?controlled?. Their economies kept at a debt level so that conditions do not change too quickly, and thus profits can be secured.

    With economic control, free markets have to be controlled, have there been any wars recently?

    So globalisation = profits

    This aspect doesn?t get talked about too much does it?

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