What does it mean to be “Socially Responsible”?
Short and simple—it is our obligation to benefit society at large. Social responsibility in Ag is a duty every individual has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems.
As farmers, we understand our soil, water, wildlife and other natural resources are precious commodities to be preserved and enhanced for future generations. The commitment to erosion control and improvements to soil and water quality, as well as ensuring wildlife and conservation management practices, always need to be foremost in our minds and actions.
It does not stop there—In addition to protecting the environment, think about the security of the food produced, storage, transportation, and providing a safe workplace for employees. These are also key areas and must not be forgotten.
Think about your organization—what practices do you currently have in place? Where are you weak? What steps will you take to improve? Are you ready to be certified that you are socially responsible?
It is up to all of us to do our part to make the world a better place. Is just saying “we are socially responsible” enough…?
from Implementation Facilitator, Jamie Cannady