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Social Responsibility Issues

Objective: Research the community-based small business social responsibility issues.

Introduction: Strategic corporate social responsibility involves social contributions that are directly aligned with a company’s overall business strategy. In other words, the company helps itself and society at the same time. This Lesson studies social responsibility issues as they apply to community-based small businesses. In this essay, you will explore the need for, and the impact of, ethical business practices and how ethical business practices are an advantage to a small business.


The essay for this lesson is required to be a minimum of 3- pages which clearly demonstrate your understanding of the activity. Essays should have a clear introduction, thesis statement and conclusion, written in APA format (

Activity Details

Step 1: Read the following questions, and use what you have learned about the Social Responsibility Issues to summarize your responses in a 3-page paper (APA formatting required):

  1. How does a business ethics program help responsible business enterprises to reduce costs, increase profits, and sustain long-term growth?
  2. How does a business ethics program help a responsible business enterprise to reduce risk?
  3. How does a business ethics program help a responsible business enterprise to enhance performance, productivity, and competitive position?

Step 2: Write a paper.


Possible References:


Corporate Social Responsibility, Lindgreen, Adam ; Swaen, Valerie; International Journal of Management Reviews, March, 2010, Vol.12, p.1(7)[Peer Reviewed Journal];

Corporate Social Responsibility, Mattera, Philip, Social Policy, Summer, 2010, Vol.40(2), p.35(1)[Peer Reviewed Journal]

Brooks, A.C. (2009). Social Entrepreneurship: A Modern Approach to Social Value Creation (1st ed., pp. 1-39). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

US Department of Commerce. Business Ethics, International Trade Organization, Chapter 2, pp. 21–40.




Last Updated on October 14, 2018

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