Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility


University of Maryland University College

AMBA 610 /9243

Dr. George Nixon

June, 2009

    In the wake of today’s globalization, most companies have become amazingly aware of the social and environmental aspects of producing internationally. The fact that companies today have to be profitable does not negate that they also have to be good corporate citizens. Due to pressure from consumers, communities, governments and society in general, companies have adopted the concept of social responsibility through codes of conduct that is expected to be enforced to ensure socially responsible business practices. This I think is a noble undertaking that should be practice by all.
    One of those companies practicing corporate social responsibility is Ikea.   Ikea’s primary objective is to ensure that all their products and materials are environmentally adapted and safe for customers’ consumption and use from a health perspective. As part of their business endeavor, Ikea puts emphasis on keeping costs low and tries to use their resources wisely in their products design.   They also strive to use renewable and recyclable materials in their products. 
    The Ikea organization also participates in different activities and projects on an international, national and local basis. They have chosen to work jointly with selected organizations that are looked upon as specialists in their respective fields. By doing so, Ikea is able to support projects designed to meet the needs of the local communities in which they operate.   Amongst Ikea’s initiatives is the avoidance of child labor; the company is aware that child labor exists in countries where its products are made or manufactured, but Ikea does not condone child labor at its suppliers or sub-contractors, and this is made known through its corporate social responsibility programs.
    Base on the United Nations Convention on the rights of a child and the...