In an age of climate change, personal responsibility is a big talking point, and, in some regards, this could be viewed as justified. However, it doesn’t take much discussion for the center of discussion to turn towards businesses and how they could be doing more for the environment due to being bigger contributors to the problem than individuals.
Indeed, this isn’t the only topic where businesses are held accountable for their reaction to a problem. Recently, there are several instances where problems have landed at the feet of these corporations and the public has waited to see how they respond. Not all of them fail in the eyes of the public, but it’s the big examples that set the standard.
Taking Care of Employees
The Monday-Friday, 9-5 work culture has come under a lot of criticism by certain groups in recent times due to how it is perceived to not take the mental health of employees into consideration. Leaving people so little free time in favor of their contribution to a company is something that not everyone can get behind. This isn’t something that an individual company is necessarily responsible for, but it turns people’s attention to otherwise in which they do or don’t pay attention to the health and needs of their staff.
These concerns won’t always be so obvious that the company can prepare against each employee problem, but they can provide a means to have their voices heard. This is the purpose of good HR and providing a way for these issues to potentially be resolved in a way that can be to the satisfaction of those who have approached them.
Responsibility of Taxes
Something that has been a particularly contentious issue in recent years is the topic of taxes and how some bigger businesses will try and avoid paying them in order to horde further riches to their own end. As with most debates, this is something that people find themselves on one of two sides of, but as taxes are intended to go towards the betterment of systems that can help everyone in a given country, especially those who are less fortunate – the reluctance of the wealthy to pay them can come across as selfish at best.
Climate Change and the Carbon Footprint
The concept of the carbon footprint, now familiar to most people, is one that encourages people to be aware of their own contribution towards the problem of climate change so that they can go about reducing it. However, this concept was introduced by BP in 2004, and its popularisation since then has taken the public perception away from what the original intention of this was. With everyone focused on what they can do and making changes to their own lifestyles, the attention is away from how the real problem stems from companies using unsustainable methods in order to make as much money as possible. This highlights the problematic attitude that many big businesses have towards the issue and their attitude towards the public.
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