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Last week I attended the AGM of the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) – by Zoom this year.  Certainly different, but still great to connect with everyone!  I have been their accountant for over ten years and have seen for myself, during this time, how much of a difference they make to the lives of so many. It has also reminded me of how important it is to have social responsibility.

Social responsibility is a duty to act in the best interests of your environment and society as a whole.  Of course, you can be socially responsible in your personal life, but have you thought about whether your business is run with social responsibility in mind? Within businesses, unsurprisingly it is known as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Hi, I’m Anna Goodwin – Author of five books, Director, Mentor and Trainer for Anna Goodwin Accountancy.

Basically, I take the stress out of finances – both business and personal. From running my own business and helping others to run theirs, I know it’s important for individuals and businesses to be actively socially responsible within their environment and society as a whole.

During lockdown, many people helped in their communities and contributed to fundraising.  Captain Tom was a shining example!

Other examples of CSR are:

  • Taking steps to help with climate change e.g. take fewer flights.
  • Improve labour policies
  • Embrace fair trade
  • Engage in charitable giving
  • Volunteer within your community

Over the years with working with RSVP I have seen the passion from the staff and volunteers, in particular Lisa Thompson, the Chief Executive Officer, in striving to achieve their mission. RSVP have strong ethical values and their mission is to:

“Support and inspire those affected by sexual violence and abuse, to make positive meaningful changes to live a future with hope and confidence.”

They do this primarily by counselling, advocacy, helpline and social group services.

RSVP is just one of the many charities that give us an opportunity to volunteer.  As the RSVP Trustees Report states, “the contribution of volunteers to RSVP is invaluable”.  The volunteers include:

  • The Trustees
  • Volunteer Counsellors
  • Helpline Volunteers
  • Fundraising Volunteers
  • Volunteers who assist with their website, IT, social media and administration.

I have always supported Cystic Fibrosis (CF), which my nephew has, either by raising awareness or supporting events.  It makes me feel like I am doing something directly to help.

You may have had extra time during the lockdown period to consider what is important to you. Have you come up with ideas of how you could change the way you live or work? Who would you like to support so that you too can make a difference?  How could your business get involved with CSR?  You could use your passion to drive you forward in your personal and work life.

Imagine how more motivating it would feel within your business if you are actively pursuing CSR!

As I attended the AGM, I felt privileged to have been able to work alongside RSVP for so many years.  RSVP has always paid attention to their budgets and this has been critical to their success.

Whatever you decide to do to prioritise CSR in your business, don’t forget to do the same as RSVP and pay attention to your budget and know your numbers

Next week, I will look at whether there is anything you need to get rid of for the benefit of your business.