What Are Some Examples of Social Responsibility?

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Social responsibility can take many forms, from a corporation pledging to eliminate pollution from its factories into local waterways to a family household working to reduce its overall waste output or an organization of technology industry professionals who are investigating the manipulation of voting machines to ensure fair and honest public elections. The practice of social responsibility is related to the environmentalist movement, and in many contexts the term will be applied to efforts to reduce human impact on ecosystems, but this is not the only way the term can be applied. Social responsibility has a more broad meaning that simply refers to an ethic of making sure one’s actions do not have a negative impact on society as a whole.

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility is one example of an organization that is committed to social responsibility in all forms. This group has taken on projects including a discussion of Internet governance and a reasonable set of rights that people should have with respect to use of the Internet and other technology. Other social responsibility organizations may be focused on elements of social responsibility that are related to their profession, such as Physicians for Social Responsibility, a group that opposes the continuing existence of nuclear weapons and lobbies the government in favor of healthy environmental policy.