Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a system that businesses put in place to hold themselves accountable within four major sections: environmental, civic, economic and workplace. By implementing CSR, a company’s image is associated with social good. This not only assists the company in reaching its target audience but also gives managers the opportunity to instill healthy practices in the workplace. Another positive effect of this can be employee empowerment, giving them encouragement to take the lead and utilize a company’s resources, positively. But the most important reason is for ethical practices. The effects that companies have on their surroundings are unignorable. Consumers and employees are now questioning their engagement with businesses through the lens of CSR.
For the purpose of my social issue, I focused on the ecological impacts of companies. By doing so, I was able to study a specific industry (automotive) and explore the detailed impacts of CSR.