Thinking about others… while doing our thing

January 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

This week we continue our look at social enterprises, in particular, ethical businesses. We learnt last week that a social business operates solely to bring benefit to a community.

Social enterprises also operate in an ethical manner, such as not using child labour, reducing their carbon footprint or paying a fair wage. These “ethical businesses” don’t just think about how they work to benefit their local community, but also look at how the way they operate can reduce their impact on the environment, or making sure that their office coffee is sourced from a Fair-trade supplier.

Ethical practices can be applied to all parts of the way we work, including finance, stationary management, such as using recycled paper or travelling abroad to name a few.

Looking beyond behaving ethically, ethical businesses encapsulate all of these principles as whole and their working model is based on their beliefs. Successes include the Co-operative UK, an organisation which promotes co-operative enterprises and works in banking, food, funeral care and legal services.

Working ethically says a lot about your business or organisation. It can improve your image, showing that you care about more than profit or loss.

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