I love the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility CSR. In the bottom line, CSR is the deliberate inclusion of public interest into corporate decision-making, and the honoring of : People, Planet and Profit
“The practice of CSR is subject to much debate and criticism. Proponents argue that there is a strong business case for CSR, in that corporations benefit in multiple ways by operating with a perspective broader and longer than their own immediate, short-term profits. Critics argue that CSR distracts from the fundamental economic role of businesses; others argue that it is nothing more than superficial window-dressing; others yet argue that it is an attempt to pre-empt the role of governments as a watchdog over powerful multinational corporations. Corporate Social Responsibility has been redefined throughout the years. However, it essentially is titled to aid to an organization’s mission as well as a guide to what the company stands for and will uphold to its consumers” – Wikipedia
In addition to CSR, Cisco supports a number of Projects in Emerging Countries. In the Blog post Getting Kenya Connected you can read of a cybercafé in Kangundo, a small town of 10,000 in Kenya, a non commercial, public-private collaboration between the Kenya ICT Board and Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) launched the Pasha centres. The center is designed to model a community-focused format that will be self-sufficient by using technology in the form of a Web 2.0 collaborative online platform.
It would be interesting with a comparison between the large IT companies, how well does IBM and Microsoft handle CSR?
Can any manufacturing company guarantee that they´re not using child labor? I want to know that my webcam haven´t been assembled by children.