The Social Responsibility class, that I'm now in, entails a single task of 4 prompts. It's supposed to be a softball class, but I'm not finding it to be that way. I'm probably over thinking things. Again. The first step is to pick a company. I thought this would be the easiest part. Recently I'd read books about Apple and Starbucks. I was leaning towards using Apple, since I'd heard that they'd been in the news lately for human rights violations. Either way, I thought the plethora of information available would be enough to write a paper.
After watching the course mentor's webinar, however, it was pretty clear to me that the assignment wasn't what was written on the task. (This seems to be a consistent problem with WGU.) The task, is seems, should focus mostly (entirely?) on environmental infractions. Uh-oh. After several searches, it seems that Apple and Starbucks are some of the most environmentally-friendly companies out there. Bollocks!
What to do? What to do? I thought about a previous employer, and one that is close to where I live, Dell. Drats! They, too have a good social responsibility strategy. Finally, I started searching for companies with the worst environmental reputations. It needed to be a large, public company, and one in which I was at least somewhat familiar with. I finally settled on Procter & Gamble. Everywhere I look in my house is made up with P&G products.
Once I had that settled, I knew it was time to get to work. I tried and tried. There is just so much stuff out there for P&G. How am I supposed to make recommendations about a huge company? How am I possibly going to come up with something that their experts haven't? Maybe they have, and it's just not in their annual report. Maybe they have, and it's not feasible for some reason. This social responsibility stuff affects the entire corporation after all.
I'm frustrated. I'm just not sure how to attack this class. I've emailed the course mentor, and I'm hoping to speak with her today. We'll see. I'll let you know how it goes.