Discuss the concept of social responsibility, specify to whom or what an organization might be considered responsible, and describe four types of organizational approaches to social responsibility.
· social responsibility is the set of obligations an organization has to protect and enhance the society in which it functions
· organization may be considered responsible to their stakeholders, to the natural environment, and to the general social welfare
· there are strong arguments both for and against social responsibility
· the approach an organization adopts toward social responsibility falls along a continuum of lesser to greater commitment: the obstructionist stance, the defensive stance, the accommodative stance, and the proactive stance
Explain the relationship between the government and organizations regarding social responsibility.
· government influences organizations through regulation which is the establishment of laws and rules that dictate what businesses can and cannot do in prescribed areas
· organizations rely on personal contacts, lobbying, political action committees, and favors to influence the government