[originally published June 8, 2020 on IG]
What does it mean to be a "socially responsible business?"
I have been probing this question since last year, which is when I decided that I was going to focus on working with entrepreneurs who are committed to real social change.
When I was a journalist, being socially responsible meant going beyond mainstream narratives. Some of the most memorable stories I did were about everyday folks who had lived through what seemed like insurmountable obstacles-- serious illness, gun violence, and sexual violence.
Although I am no longer active in public service through journalism, the goal of social impact has never left my heart.
I believe it is our duty as individuals (business owner or not) to stand up for Black lives and racial justice, not just now, but always. The current moment presents a unique opportunity for change because so much of the world's attention is focused on it, but it should 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 have taken the death of so many Black Americans 𝘢𝘯𝘥 a pandemic for collective outrage.
I particularly challenge business owners to go beyond the low-hanging fruit -- like symbolic hashtags, black squares -- and become active advocates for change.
How can we possibly accept our current system, which lets the people we are supposed to trust most get away with murder?
What does social responsibility mean to you?
[Card pictured is from a game called Disruptus. I chose this card because we're all players in this system and we have a choice about what we do next].