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How to Do More Good and Benefit Your Business

small business social responsibility

What is Small Business Social Responsibility?

A commitment to contribute to the greater good by taking educated, informed, and impactful small actions and implementing mindful business practices that improve the world around you while also contributing to your business growth and profitability (as defined by Tanya Quinn the Founder of Small Actions Greater Good).

What Is a Small Action?

One small step you choose to take that contributes to the greater good and goes above and beyond what would be considered “normal business operations”.¬†Or in order words, a conscious and deliberate action that may…

Enhance Your Business Integrity

Actions that enhance how you do business including interacting with your customers, employees, contractors, and suppliers (in some cases only apparent to you).

Improve Safety, Health, & Wellness

Actions that improve the safety of your work environment and the overall mental and physical well-being of your employees and customers.

Make a Positive Environmental Impact

Actions that decrease the physical impact of your business on the environment both directly from your physical location and indirectly from your actions.

Contribute to Your Community

Actions that make a positive contribution to your community (keeping in mind that “community” can be defined in many different ways).

How Can Social Responsibility Help Your Small Business?

You CAN do good and contribute to your business growth and profitability at the same time

Customer Benefits

  • Increasing customer engagement
  • Improving customer retention
  • Providing new opportunities to interact with customers
  • Attracting new customers

Employee Benefits

  • Increasing employee engagement
  • Improving employee retention
  • Increasing employee happiness
  • Decreasing work absences
  • Improving employee skills

Brand Benefits

  • Enhancing and increasing brand reputation
  • Standing out from the crowd
  • Reaching new audiences
  • Improving access to new markets

Financial Benefits

  • Reducing operating costs
  • More efficiently using resources
  • Reducing employee costs
  • Increasing profit margins
  • Identifying tax benefits

How Do You Get Started (or Expand Your Existing Efforts)?

You could spend hours looking for simple Corporate Social Responsibility programs or books that can be adapted for the unique needs of a Small Business. And THEN try to figure out which aspects you want to start with.

You could try to find tools and resources uniquely developed for Small Businesses that are flexible enough to adapt to almost any scope, schedule or budget. (Hint, this is where I started originally)

OR you can adopt an existing framework created just for Small Business Owners like you ….

the Small Actions Framework

What is the Small Actions Framework?

A unique four-level approach to Small Business Social Responsibility that is based on Corporate Social Responsibility best practices but specifically designed for Small Business Owners to be:

  • Flexible for all Small Business types and sizes.
  • Scalable for different levels of involvement.
  • Customizable for different interests.
  • Sustainable for long-term commitment at your own pace.

Small Actions Greater Good

Social Responsibility Inspiration, Resources, and Support for Small Businesses

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