Social Responsibility

Global Summit on Social Responsibility

ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership define Social Responsibility (SR) as “A commitment to leveraging the power of associations to create practices that make a positive social, economic and environmental impact while creating healthier organizations.”


Quotes of the Day

Social obligation is much bigger than supporting worthy causes. It includes anything that impacts people and the quality of their lives.

~~William Ford, Jr.

There's no longer any debate in the scientific community about climate change. But the political systems around the world have held this at arm's length because it's an inconvenient truth, because they don't want to accept that it's a moral imperative.

~~Al Gore

A good company delivers excellent products and services, and a great company does all that and strives to make the world a better place.

~~William Ford, Jr .

It's not where you are, it's where you're headed that matters.

~~Joey Smallwood

Leaders need to be willing to start with the question, "What needs to be done?"

~~ Peter Drucker

This social responsibility trend is huge.
It's the biggest opportunity for business and associations
to increase their effectiveness and performance...
Associations can be the catalysts.
 
~~David Cooperrider

We must go through a natural revolution if we are to survive on earth.
We need to change people's perceptions.
If there's no environment, there's no human race.

~~Ted Turner

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

~~Albert Einstein


The Five Summit Objectives
  1. Sharing Strengths and Celebrating Successes: to explore how associations are catalyzing innovations in social responsibility by helping industries, professions, and communities solve complex economic, social and environmental problems while simultaneously creating healthier organizations.

  2. Making the Case for Social Responsibility: to discover the root factors of mutual benefit-and analyze when and how "doing good and doing well" are mutually reinforcing, that is, good for the world and good for associations seeking to find effective ways to add value in their core mission to truly serve their members. We call this win-win position "sustainable value"-approaches that strengthen the association, their members, and the world.

  3. Identifying the Unique Competencies and Capacities that Associations Bring to Social Responsibility: to ask the question: "what do associations bring to society and do best; and how  can these capabilities be effectively leveraged to help us advance a new magnitude of socially responsible leadership?"

  4. Generating and Articulating Guiding Principles for Associations in Social Responsibility: to articulate a set of principles reflecting our beliefs about social responsibility, a voluntary framework which might well provide a way to better connect like-minded yet diverse sets of associations.

  5. Taking Action: to identity opportunities and design initiatives or pilot projects which will emerge at three levels:

    • Opportunities to strengthen current social responsibility or sustainability initiatives of individuals and their associations;

    • Opportunities to create cross-sector collaborations and new initiatives between associations; and

    • Opportunities to connect the whole of the association community in ways that help expand and build a new magnitude of socially responsible leadership.

Resources

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