When will our leaders be socially responsible?
In recent decades, different social actors such as government agencies, NGOs, INGOs, and companies have become an established way of conceiving organizational management and have embraced the philosophy of social responsibility. In parallel, it has increased the number of citizens who evaluate the institutions of their environment based on the commitment to the ethical criteria and respectful behavior of both the environment and human rights.
The economy, as social science, is related to the moral principles of the society in which it develops. Economic relations influence the prevailing morality of society. Every culture has different ethical, social responsibility but remains essentially constant as only account for impacts of prejudice and respect for others. Every walk of life in our society has an obligation to responsibly behave with people around us, neighbors, competitors, customers, landlords, suppliers, managed, owners, users, the environment, family, etc.
Political parties are one of the most discredited institutions around the world, raining down criticism because of their behavior based on organization skill and their social activity. There is a crisis of representation and lack of confidence in the social sector. In most countries, the common practice of political parties includes defects and major vices such as corruption, lies, loss of principles and values, betrayals, lack of dialogue, internal and external political confrontation, not respect for the law, lack of democracy in certain processes, change of rules to benefit and personal ambitions above the common goods. The lack of clarity in the funding of political parties and campaign funds, political battles in which any element is used to destroy the opponent, among other difficult issues to explain is also critical.
Political parties are an important sector in society because of their leaders. Officials represent citizens as well as their hope and dreams. Those who are active in political parties speak of social responsibility but they only practice inside doors. I do not think there is any political party in our country that may be considered socially responsible and use social responsibility as a form of management.
No matter whether the current political philosophy or political groups are right, left, central, progressive category or another, everyone should have practical inward and outward consistency with social responsibility. The political sector would gain credibility and trust if you incorporate social responsibility into its daily actions on the part of society that mistrusts it today.
If it encourages and educates members of political parties from the bottom to up, it may have greater transparency in all its activities and improve its current negative image. The great leaders and political leaders must not only talk about social responsibility and ask other members of society who use it but they themselves must do so as their supporters.
If we want democratic, fair and adequate social, economic and environmental development societies the political sector should set up an example and use social responsibility in their activities.The common good should be worth the whole society to pursue and should be especially encouraged by the state, government and political parties since they are responsible for balancing and regulating the different sectors of society so that there is no abuse.
Aspects of social responsibility must be considered in the public interest and not exclusively private as decisions on the use, consumption, and deterioration of the natural, social and human capital, affecting the whole society at present and future. Therefore, it must be society through their public representatives, to decide the limits on the use of these resources and basic social responsibility issues that must be guaranteed by public political powers.
The holistic approach is an important step that is already generating changes in the society that have taken as a response to the changes in the social and political environment, but the result of this analysis indicates that while it is necessary this change is not sufficient to generate ethical development model. The success of science, in its alliance with technology, is undeniable. We have provided a great ability to explain, control and transform the world. Technology without social responsibility is a disaster.
The importance of science and technology increases the extent to which the world enters what has been called "knowledge society". The enormous cognitive ability of humankind must exert a growing influence in the life of societies and individuals. The formula of success of the government lies in the quality of service they provide to their people.
The author is a social Activist, Motivational speaker and yoga instructor. She can be reached by email at anu[at]anitayadav.com