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Throughout the years the world has evolved into a colossal “Global Village” and via various inventions such as cell phones, computers and the internet, humanity has been brought closer together now more than ever before. Villages are made out of communities of people who live and survive together to ensure that they have sustainability in their various lives and within these communities there are corporations who have been born and raised by the communities and it is only fair that these corporations give back to the figurative mothers who bear them and gave them life.
Modern-day companies who operate within this “Global Village” need to think of their business as less of a cooperate structure but more as a community that is working harmoniously together to ensure a better future for the present and future generations and this is achieved through having a lasting philosophy based on sustainability and practicing Human Rights.
“Easier said than done” one might say but in all honesty is it easier said and it also is easily done, all corporations need to have zeal to see a meaningful positive change and a better future for generations to come. Just as a good mother would sacrifice her livelihood to see her offspring prosper and become a successful, businesses should feel the same about the communities and environments they impact on a daily basis. This can be achieved by following practices such as Ethical Design, Fair Trade and Social Development which follow some of the following methods: Recycling, Waste and Water Consumption Reduction, Enriching and Endorsing Educational Programmes, Health and Safety, Preserving Indigenous Arts and Practices, Eliminates Poverty through Food and Clothing Banks, Enforcing Social Equity, Gender Equality and a zero tolerance for Child Labour and Discrimination, Working Hand-in-Hand with Non-Profit Organisations and Welfare Institutions and strives for Economic Empowerment through training, funding or raising awareness, increasing the capacity and wellbeing of the people behind it.
Sustainability relies on a relentless ethos to see change and constantly finding better and more innovative ways to achieve this, by giving back to the people who keep the company running such as the customer, community and suppliers brings a greater reward. Taking care of the environment in the present will impact the survival of a generation that is yet to come and this can only happen by efficiently and effectively following Sustainable practices and working together with other companies that follow the same ethical practices. Ethical Awareness and Innovation need to be implemented and practiced continuously in order to have a successful and prosperous society.