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What are a few small but practical ways a small business can become more socially responsible?

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Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

Some practical things you can do are to: promote recycling by placing green/blue recycle bins in each break room, trying to go as paperless as you can by promoting email versus inbox, partner with local non-profits that serve less fortunate areas of the city and host food/clothes/toy drives, and plug in to local job fairs hosted/promoted by the county in which your office resides.

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Patrick Dunne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Milk Source
(Chief Financial Officer, Milk Source) |

We put automatic sensors on all applicable light switches. We also encourage using personal mugs rather than Styrofoam cups.

Chris Holtzer
Title: Senior Manager - Strategic Analysis
Company: Sargento
(Senior Manager - Strategic Analysis, Sargento) |

I think we are confusing socially responsible with environmentally responsible. Which did you mean?

In order to be socially responsible, a company must first decide where the community needs them most. In our case, we do food drives a few times a year, along with some United Way programs to encourage employees to participate and donate when they can. A company has to set the example, and then encourage their employees to get involved.

To get started, get in contact with your local chamber of commerce. They keep their finger on the pulse of the community and can help point you in the right direction. From there you need to decide what is the right course of action for your organization. Get people from all levels of the company involved in the decision. If it is just a HR or Senior Exec decision it is harder to get employee buy in.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
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(President & CFO, |

Some companies have volunteer days. Instead of working at the office, they "work" at their volunteer job.

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Jaime Campbell
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Tier One Services, LLC
(Chief Financial Officer, Tier One Services, LLC) |

(1) Stop thinking small and start thinking big
(2) Create a business that helps other businesses to

You can do this regardless of what industry you're in.


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