Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412954006 | Print ISBN: 9781412949729 | Online ISBN: 9781412954006| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 9: Fostering Social and Civic Responsibility by Organizations and Their People
Laurie N. Dipadova-Stocks
Fostering social and civic responsibility by organizations and their people The concept of social and civic responsibility of organizations and their people recognizes that conditions beyond the immediate domain of one's particular organization are important and merit attention and care. Assuming such responsibilities may also foster the development of mechanisms to meet the challenges of local communities as well as the planet. By all accounts, the United States and the world face increasingly urgent challenges. This chapter establishes the urgency of issues facing the nation and explains why civic and social responsibility hold relevance in the 21st century. Distinctions are made between the concepts of social responsibility and civic responsibility, and their historic roots are explored. The model of society found in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is presented as guidance for today. Business organizations provide the focal point for this chapter. The context of the origins of ...