Robert Bassam Shares His Top 3 Tips for Becoming a Socially Responsible Organization
When Robert Bassam first established his company, one of his goals was to build it so he can help others—his community, for one, and others who need assistance in any way, shape or form. He wanted to make his business successful because he wanted to be able to help more people. Thankfully, his company has grown over the years—something that he feels grateful for every single day. And this gratefulness spills over to the charities and causes that he supports.
Giving back to the community has always been something that Robert Bassam strongly believed in. It didn’t matter that he was only able to make small donations every now and then when he was still building his company, or that he didn’t get to volunteer as often as he wanted to at the time because his days (and nights) were spent mostly at work. What mattered to him was that he gave whatever and whenever he can. When the company started growing, and he had more people on his team, he made the conscious effort to give more. With the luxury of time and resources now in his hands, he is able to reach out to a lot more people, and he is able to volunteer more often for environmental causes.
For Robert Bassam, getting started in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) doesn’t have to mean putting a strain on your time and resources. You can start internally first, and then gradually extend externally as you gain your footing.
Below are a few tips that he hopes can help your organization start on the right track:
1. Take note of internal practices. When we become so accustomed to doing our routines every single day, we don’t need to make a conscious effort anymore to do them because often, we do them on “automatic pilot” mode. But when you make the effort to really look into each action, you might be surprised to find a number of them are actually harmful to the environment; or at least, not helping to preserve it. Paper usage for example, can already have a huge impact on the environment.
Reuse and recycle, is what Robert Bassam always reminds his team. This simple mindfulness can already have a positive impact on the environment, and at the same time, you’re cutting down costs!
2. Donate a portion of your time and resources. Without a doubt, monetary contributions go a long way in helping others and the environment. But for Robert Bassam, financial donations should always be combined with volunteer work. Somehow, simply making a donation doesn’t have the same effects as working up a sweat doing volunteer work.
3. Support local producers or suppliers. One of the best and sustainable ways of helping your community is supporting local artisans and farmers. Understandably, unless you’re in the food business, you may not be able to do this as much as you want to. At the very least, you can support them by patronizing their products for your household, and on occasion, for special events at the office.
But, Robert Bassam adds, you don’t need to be in the food or manufacturing industry to support sustainable farming and ethical practices. Take note of your raw materials, or other supplies that you procure on a regular basis. Where do these come from? Does your supplier strictly follow ethical practices? Make a conscious effort of supporting producers and suppliers that employ sustainable practices.
If you have tips you wish to share, please feel free contact Robert Bassam at your convenience.