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Social Responsibility Obligation Revisited

Muawad Mustafa Rashid

In the news Vice President and the Sovereign Council,  RSP Commander-in-Chief 1st lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, who landed in the floods’ affected areas in River Nile State accompanied by top officials from the central government and River Nile State, expressed his sympathy to those affected, adding that he came by himself to inspect the impact of those floods on the people of the area, pledging to provide all possible support to the area including dispatching convoys to contain the situation.

While addressing the people of the Berber locality, which is badly affected by the floods, Dagalo spoke frankly about the necessity of applying social responsibility appropriately. He said that the people of the area deserve their share in social responsibility from the gold revenues extracted from the area as stipulated in the franchise agreements signed between the government and the mining companies working in the area.

He also spoke about the risks which the citizens of the area are facing due to the pollution of the drinking water due its mixing with the leavings of the extracting and mining operations, calling on the companies to take serious steps to avoid any pollution to the potable water.

This point of Dagalo’s address is very important though the media outlets did not concentrate on it, because I think that if social responsibility is adopted properly by the coming companies, the citizens of that area would have enjoyed better conditions in all aspects e.g. education, health, housing, small scale industries, etc.

We wrote before that social responsibility means that individuals and companies must act in the best interests of their environment and society as a whole. The crux of this theory is to enact policies that promote an ethical balance between the dual mandates of striving for profitability and benefiting society as a whole.

It is an ethical theory in which individuals are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty, and the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society. In this way, there must be a balance between economic growth and the welfare of society and the environment.

We always hear the politicians. intellectuals, activists, and civil society organizations speak out to the media outlets on the concepts of social responsibility.

On the other hand, the government calls on the companies to commit to social responsibility, but unfortunately, the latter gives a deaf ear to those calls.

Social responsibility is an obliged item according to which the companies are supposed to provide services – it doesn’t matter how –  to the communities, but during the era of the ousted regime, the government used to take the funds allocated by the companies to the social responsibility to utilize it for other purposes other than what it is allocated for.

In general, the concept of social responsibility is deeper than that because – as we mentioned above – it aims at promoting ethical balance between the dual mandates of striving for profitability and benefiting society as a whole.

Social responsibility stems from the feeling of the individuals of the community toward themselves and others.

If the individuals well understand the social responsibility concepts, then the companies will commit to it.

Nowadays, social responsibility is absent obligatory in our communities and all the confusion and turmoil we are witnessing are due to our lack the commitment to our ethical responsibilities towards ourselves and towards our nation as well.

According to psychologists, social responsibility reflects the psychological maturity of the individual. The psychological maturity individual is the one who shoulders the social responsibility and has the readiness to contribute his share in achieving the welfare of the community with the feeling that he owes it.

But the reality we are living reflects a clear image of acute psychological immaturity which we are suffering, especially the political leaders, since our independence.

The images of the social responsibility of individuals start from the personal conduct towards others and the nation e.g. environmental sanitation, respect for the law, avoiding extravagance of all kinds, giving hands to others, etc. which contribute to supporting the community.

If every individual is committed to social responsibility it will become part of his culture and convictions. This will appear in the actions and projects of the people who run profitable companies.

It is high time for the transitional government to work out a plan aiming at empowering the culture of social responsibility in the community, hence achieving stability and providing vocational training to the new generations.

Our officials should provide all possible support to the youth to bring them out of the spiral of despair, unemployment, and frustration which are the major approach to chaos and irresponsibility.

The government must enforce social responsibility items by directing the profitable companies to allocate the funds of the social responsibility to make projects that have an impact on the present and in the future such as contributing to boosting the main infrastructure in the schools, and hospitals productive sectors, etc.

In short, social responsibility is obligatory for all citizens who should commit to it as its impact is immediate and clear on the lives of the people.

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