To succeed in today’s business world, organizations need to become involved in more than just economics—they also need to become actors of change around large-scale environmental and social problems.
However, responsible business is being nudged forward not only through business case logic, but because employees increasingly expect their employers to act responsibly.
At the same time, many employees are themselves acting as powerful advocates and change agents. Forward-thinking companies understand the need to engage their workforce in inspiring ways about global issues. Corporate responsibility (CR) programs are an important part of the equation, as are efforts to decentralize CR so it is woven throughout the company and all employees have a voice.
Despite their aspirations to “do well while doing good,” many organizations face a crisis of distrust among their workforce and in the broader global marketplace. With this in mind, businesses first need to take a look at themselves, recapture the understanding of true leadership, and recover the trust of their employees in an effort to begin working towards a better future for all.
This trend examines new developments in corporate responsibility, with insights from Neil Barrett, Group SVP Corporate Responsibility at Sodexo, and four panelists from Sodexo’s 2017 Quality of Life Conference: Fabian Dattner, Founding Partner of Dattner Grant; Jon Duschinsky, Social Innovator; Marion Darrieutort, CEO, Elan-Edelman; and Pedro Tarak, Co-Founder, Emprendia.
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About the 2018 Global Workplace Trends
Every year, Sodexo looks at the main factors affecting the world’s workers and employers now — and in the future. These trends resonate across the spectrum of employee experience and can serve as a useful tool for employers navigating a landscape that is ever evolving.