Well whatever may be the actual intent, it is concrete action that matters at the end of the day. And let's agree that it is these very businesspersons and entrepreneurs who champion developmental projects at every level of society by extending logistical and financial help.
In a similar view, I recently came across this interesting community of businessman who are doing great work in ushering a community based livelihoods at an international scale.
Business Fights Poverty is a unique project of vibrant members from within the business fraternity who commonly work to eradicate poverty. It is owned by Inspiris, that specializes in creating platforms, programs and partnerships that harness the power of business to fight poverty.But the twist here is they fight poverty with business, by creating business. Their mission statement is to "provide its members with targeted online and face-to-face peer-to-peer engagement and hot-off-the-press, mission-critical knowledge."
It is a common fact that fostering a small business is not simply a mathematical equation with particular rights and wrongs to be inserted, it is a much more holistic endeavor. "Instead, we take an ‘ecosystem’ approach to supporting entrepreneurship; building supporting networks which provide capacity building, mentoring and access to funds and markets."
The scenario is pretty simple. Businesses thrive on a web of community relationships. Unless the various stratas of society are made capable of having a purchasing power, there will not be a culture of thriving business. And in this cog of development, it is small scale business entrepreneurs that will make all the difference.
What are your thoughts on this different version of Corporate Social Responsibility? Do you actually believe it to be CSR? Leave us a reply below.
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