How to Practice Social Responsibility

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Individuals as well as businesses and organizations can practice social responsibility. Socially responsible people and organizations choose to make decisions that benefit society overall, rather than just themselves, and social responsibility also entails avoiding actions that can be potentially detrimental to society. Social responsibility is based on a collection of passive and active measures.

  • Avoid participating in acts that can hurt other people. Reckless driving is thought to be a socially irresponsible act. Stealing is also an act that hurts other people. Avoid behavior that intentionally or unintentionally hurts other people. Think before you make a decision to do something that you think may push the social responsibility boundaries.

  • Perform tasks, such as charity work, that better the lives of others. Join or start a fundraiser that provides aid for the needy or sick. Help lead youth groups, or sign up to be a Big Brother or Big Sister. Influence the lives of those around you in a positive light. Donate clothing and household items to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Join clean-up crews in areas that have been affected by natural disasters.

  • Use resources carefully. Turn off your lights when you are leaving a room or leaving the house. Try to run as little water as possible. Don't let a water faucet run when you leave a room. Take showers instead of baths. Use only the resources that you need and avoid wasting resources that could be used by other people. Turn down your heat or air conditioning unit. Your home can be comfortable without using an excessive amount of energy.

  • Clean up the environment. From picking up cigarette butts that you see lying on the ground, to recycling your soda cans, you are practicing social responsibility. Drive fuel-efficient cars if you possibly can. Take public transportation to cut back on daily fuel emissions. Use trash receptacles instead of littering. If you see someone litter and you are able, pick up the discarded trash and throw it away.

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