The Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility
During this term, Year 11 and 12 Business Management students learnt about the importance of responsible corporate citizenship. A Corporate Social Responsibility policy functions as a self-regulatory mechanism whereby a business monitor and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards and international norms. Students had to apply their critical thinking skills to criticise the concept.
A classroom strategy that supports higher order critical thinking skills is Edward De Bono’s six thinking hats. Students collaborated in groups of six and each student chose a coloured hat to represent a specific function or role. Each thinking role is identified with a coloured symbolic ‘thinking hat’. By mentally wearing ‘hats’, students developed their thinking skills.
- The White Hat shares facts known or needed.
- The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition.
- The Black Hat is a judgement or argues why something may not work.
- The Yellow Hat symbolises optimism.
- The Green Hat focuses on creativity, possibilities and new ideas.
- The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process.
Students learnt that Corporate Social Responsibility offers benefits to society and the environment but could also be practised to advance an organisation’s selfish profit motives.
We learnt that the Bible provides us with ethical norms and values that equips us for the workplace. We should never underestimate our conscience or the truth in our hearts when confronted with situations at work one day.
During Jesus’ years of work and ministry on earth, He changed the world for the next centuries to come, providing humanity with solid ethical principles that are still followed and practised today. No other person’s teaching has had such a profound impact on norms and ethics than Jesus’ teaching did, and He only ministered for three years! This is just further evidence that He is God because only God can achieve this.