Haris Ahmed Chicago Consultant: Top 3 Tips on Becoming a Socially Responsible Organization

When Haris Ahmed established Chicago-based Pragmatium Consulting, Inc., he had but one goal in mind: to help organizations improve their performance and productivity, and ultimately, to increase the company’s profitability.

If you’ve visited this blog before, you may have noticed that most of the topics here discuss changes in the workplace, in various degrees; and for the most part, leaders, their organizations, and their employees are the focal point of the topics here. This is because for Haris Ahmed and his Chicago team of management consultants and change experts, the success or failure of the organization largely depends on two key components: the organization’s leader and its members. When one of these components isn’t performing up to par, you can be certain that it will create a ripple effect that could affect the entire organization down the line.

In a previous post, Haris Ahmed talked about how more and more people are becoming more socially aware and they often choose to work for, and with, a socially responsible organization. In this post, he shares a few tips on how to become a socially responsible organization. Bear in mind that these tips are only meant to serve as a guide or a starting point. You will have to perform careful analysis and evaluation on how best to adopt these steps and apply them into your organizational model as you see fit.

1. Source your supplies and materials from manufacturers and suppliers that employ sustainable production processes. Restaurants these days have adopted the farm-to-table concept, where they source their ingredients and fresh produce from local farmers with sustainable farming practices and humane animal treatment. Factories have also taken the initiative to use renewable energy and adopt processes that reduce their contribution to air pollution. Coffee companies like Starbucks have also started sourcing their coffee beans from farmers protected by fair trade regulations.

While you may not be able to get all your supplies and raw materials from such producers (depending on what you need), you can check to see which ones you can get from suppliers and manufacturers like those mentioned above. Small steps go a long way in helping the environment.

2. Donate a portion of your profits to a charity. This is one of the most widely used avenues for promoting social responsibility in the workplace. You can market a push product every month (quarterly or twice a year, it all depends on you) and advertise it in a way that will encourage your consumers to purchase it—by promoting it as a tie-up with a charitable institution or cause. Here, you are actually hitting two birds with one stone.

3. Buy one, give one to charity. A good example of this initiative is shoe company TOMS. For every pair of shoes that consumers purchase, they donate a pair to children in Africa and South America.

These examples show that companies not only encourage social responsibility in their organizations, but also in their consumers.

There are others steps that you can take to make your organization more socially responsible. The above are simply suggestions that you could consider.

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