It might sound strange, but I really don’t believe in corporate social responsibility as most people do. Having a firm grasp on (and being a strong believer in) economic concepts, I believe companies that behave ethically are by default contributing in a big way to society as a whole (job creation, paying taxes, etc.).
Anyway, don’t let that sidetrack us from the real reason of this post. One of the companies I love hearing about is The Lampo Group, a company run by talk radio show host Dave Ramsey. Dave Ramsey is very transparent about how his business operates internally, works hard to maintain a great culture, and encourages his team to walk the talk.
Recently The Lampo Group ran a great promotion where the company gave away money to people with the stipulation that they had to give it away and capture it on camera. The videos are fun to watch and remind us that companies can have a broader impact on people than they might have ever imagined. Even though I’m not a big believer in doing things to be “socially responsible,” I am a big believer in doing things like this for no other reason than to help people.
And if you’d like to try to sell me on the idea of being socially responsible as a corporation, let me know in the comments and we can discuss. :-)