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Corporate Integration and CSR

  •     CSR or Corporate Social Responsibility is not actually a new concept but it is slowly becoming an increasingly familiar term and practice among corporate interests these days. Corporate Social Responsibility is merely recognition by the Corporation that it does in fact have somewhat more responsibility within the community besides the provision of jobs and their contribution to the local tax base. There is nothing wrong with making a profit and indeed, the Corporate Entities need to generate a positive cash flow if they are to truly benefit the community and stay in business long enough to continue helping those in need, but conversely, there is certainly nothing wrong with giving back to the community either.

        Granted, most Corporate Entities will not be in the same position as the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency when it comes to their position on Corporate Social Responsibility but it should be kept at the forefront when Corporations are introduced, especially into the more financially strained communities and locations. It should be a two-way street with the Corporations also receiving direct benefits and incentives for their contributions to that society but such decisions must be made at the local level and to pursue the matter here would be mere speculation and counter-productive. Rather, this article will focus on the responsibilities of the Corporate Entities working within the GIDIFA Integrated Community Developments.

        By far and by design, the vast majority of the Corporations within the Integrated Community Developments will be owned in part or in whole by GIDIFA. In cases where GIDIFA has invested as an Equity Investor or partaken in a Joint Venture or for any other reason only owns a portion of the corporate entities, the actual return to the community will have to be debated, discussed and decided by members of the board. In the case of wholly owned GIDIFA Corporations, the return to the community will be seventy percent of the net profits of the corporation. This does not necessarily mean that seventy percent of all of the profits will be put directly back into the community, but such should be a minimum standard whether it is a financial contribution or whether it comes in one of many other forms.

        Corporate Entities can contribute in many ways without relinquishing their profits or being forced into bankruptcy while being bled dry. Despite what some would have people believe, there is nothing wrong with making a profit and if the Corporations are not allowed to profit, they will quickly move to somewhere that they can or they will wither and die in short order. However, among the many ways that Corporations can give back, and indeed a portion of the design of many of the GIDIFA Integrated Community Developments is to provide real-world opportunities and paid training to the formerly homeless and other underclass citizens of the globe. One of the reasons for the “division” of the GIDIFA Integrated Community Developments, if you can call it a division, is to provide a comprehensive training ground for individuals in their respective fields of study and interests. While the focus of any particular community will be on a rather limited scale, the other portions of that community will still play an equally important role and still offer a more limited opportunity for some of the more advanced students, for internships and other real-world environments to help the formerly homeless and other underclass citizens to get real-world experience, a decent pay-check and some of the necessary assistance to reclaim their life and to become more productive, contributing members of society as a whole.

        In the days of old before and in “regular” communities today, corporations can sponsor schools although such an approach would not be necessary within the GIDIFA Integrated Community Developments. That does not mean however, that they cannot extend those programs outside of the direct community and into the surrounding locales. The presence of cloud-based educational opportunities will allow for students all over the world, no matter what their location may be or how isolated it is, to still have the same opportunities for a quality education that other people in the larger, more urban centers enjoy. These corporations may choose to provide laptops or other access to the educational system for the children and even those adults who have shown a proclivity for scholastic pursuits. Education is always a meaningful pursuit especially in regards to the complete eradication of poverty but some people just do not learn very well from books.

        Some people have a more “hands-on” approach when it comes to learning. In any large community, there are going to be a wide-range of individuals who show more vocational skills than scholastic. Of those, it is statistically probable that many will have some of the skills necessary for employment within a particular corporate entity even if they do not have much (or anything) in the way of practical experience. There are always going to be jobs in production and industry that require the presence of these individuals. As such, it is possible for many corporations to give back to the community through the provision of jobs, not always for the most skilled and experienced people for the less demanding jobs, but to offer these jobs to individuals who may require a little more oversight in the beginning but who really need little more than a chance. There are still other ways for corporations to give back to their local communities, some of which provide a more direct benefit to the people.

        In many cases, especially after a long pursuit of scholastic studies, the student requires a “real-world” environment to practice in preferably under the close supervision of someone who has an adequate amount of experience in the real world to guide them and help them learn without having to make too many of their own mistakes. These Internship Programs are imperative not only for the sake of the students, but for the recipients of their eventual service as well. What good is a doctor who knows human physiology better than anyone else in the world but faints at the mere hint of blood? The fact is that this person may very well have a lot to contribute, but probably not in the operating room. There are a great many fields and areas of expertise where internships are imperative to the success of the individual as well as to the safety and security of their benefactors. Still, in-kind contributions are only one area of many whereby Corporate Entities can serve the surrounding communities, the citizens and do their part to increase the median quality of life.

        While some people will decry the larger energy corporations, (often mislabelling them as oil companies) they have some truly amazing benefits for the local and indigenous peoples in many of the regions where they work. In many of these areas, profit-sharing of a sort is actually very common. In addition to being the largest contributors to the governmental tax base, these corporations often work out a direct, profit-sharing program within the local areas. Perhaps the best-known and most common example of this would be the arrangements that have been made in Alaska in the United States of America. In that case, each and every citizen of the state receives an annual “pay check” based on the profits gained by the Energy Companies through their efforts within the state.

        Whether or not this will actually be a requisite for establishing a Corporate Entity within the GIDIFA communities is still up for debate but it is understood that a great many of the Corporations are already volunteering to make local community contributions of at least one-percent of profits to be paid directly to the people within the Integrated Development Communities. Other possibilities include additional or even similar donations utilized for the purposes of tax payments to be divided by and between the people to generate tax-breaks for the people within the communities. (GIDIFA Integrated Development Communities will, by necessity, retain their sovereignty, so this program may be limited to those Corporations built by or in cooperation with GIDIFA yet housed outside of the borders of the actual communities) Even if it is not though, Community Involvement by the Corporations is still possible on many levels and a viable way to bring about positive change and impact to the local and surrounding communities.

        Corporate Sponsors are nothing new. Community Events sponsored by Corporations are nothing new. If there is any change that needs to be made, it is more along the lines of changing the focus of these events, not necessarily changing the practice itself. Rather than focusing on investment looking for a return financially, the Corporations focusing on CSR will need to focus on investing and sponsoring of community events for the betterment of the community as a whole. Such efforts may include clean-up projects wherein local rivers or other ecological systems need to cleaned up or even preparing (and paying for) the long-term care of these ecosystems. Corporate Entities can sponsor the upkeep and maintenance of not only the parks, bodies of water and other locations, but also entire neighborhoods or groups of homes as well.

        The aesthetic appeal of a community may seem like a minor issue to most people, but psychologically, sociologically and historically, the aesthetic appeal has been directly linked to performance and ability in regards to the individual as well. Schools, hospitals and even prisons have been key locations in studies on the effects of paint not only in the form of which colors produce what results psychologically, but also on the impact of a new, fresher-looking paint job as opposed to an old, fading, cracked and less appealing paint job. Community events to bring the people together to paint the school freshly every year, to apply new paint to the local retirement homes, prison, hospitals or other buildings are always going to be well received but should not stop there.

        In the case of local communities outside of the Integrated Community Developments from the Global Infrastructure, Development and International Finance Agency, there is always going to be a need for the construction of new homes and the refurbishing of older homes. Such programs are even more prevalent in the third world and developing nations wherein there are relatively few social assistance programs to help on such a scale.  Within the GIDIFA communities this will be a standard practice for the provision of homes for the formerly homeless and other underclass citizens of the world. Outside of the Integrated Community Development centers however, there will still be some need to house and provide some assistance to the underclass citizens who have not yet been able to receive assistance from GIDIFA for whatever reasons. The variations and themes of these types of programs are virtually limitless but are easily classified as exemplary methods of implementing programs of Corporate Social Responsibility.


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