Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, KNESS Group
Sustainable development is impossible without everyone's social responsibility. KNESS's peculiarity is that our corporate social responsibility harmonizes with the social responsibility of everyone working here. We are all different, we have different dreams and personal plans, but we are united by common values and faith in what we do every day.
CSR in KNESS is based on the principle of voluntariness. Each employee chooses the initiatives that are close to the soul and values. In KNESS everyone has the opportunity to offer their own initiative and receive support for its implementation. And although we cannot change the whole world and at the same time achieve all the goals of sustainable development, we can change our mindset, the attitude of people around us to certain issues and problems of society, and thus get closer to solving them.
Environmental initiatives, donor days, tours, races have become traditional. We share knowledge, energy, blood, do something on our own - create and multiply without losing our own resources, on the contrary - restoring them.
Regardless of the period of your childhood, I'm sure most of us dreamed of changing the world for the better. My dream looked like this: I will be so cool that one day everyone will wake up, and the world is different, and everyone is happy in it. I was not aware how to do it, but I was sure that when I grew up I would know for sure.
As with most, over time it became clear that I had become an adult, but I still did not know how to make the world happy. But I learned the meaning of the word «utopia». And it seemed that in the cycle of work-home-sleep to change the world for the better is a pipe dream. Shall I betray a dream? By no means. I decided to look for a way, assessed my capabilities and just changed my approach.
It is definitely possible to change the world around us for the better. I'm sure most have heard and know a simple recipe for these changes: start with yourself. People who work next to me prove it every day. And then these changes diverge and scale like circles on water. There is no need to be a community activist or a thought leader - you just have to start with yourself.
You can worry that the climate is changing and energy resources are depleting. Or you can get into the habit of turning off the water when brushing your teeth, and finally repair the leaking tap. So, the cost of a valuable resource will be reduced. You can turn off the monitor when taking a break and turn off the light when leaving the room - and energy consumption will decrease. I do not change the world by doing that, but I take a step towards positive change. Everyone can do it now - consume consciously. Conscious consumption is necessary in everything: shopping, cooking and even in daily travel. Think, plan, act here and now. Think meaningfully while solving specific tasks within your family, team, or community.
Each of us has the opportunity to change the world around us. Everyone has different opportunities, but here and now you can start positive changes that do not require investment. A simple example: garbage and its management are a well-known, global problem. What to do with it? Blame the government and wait until it solves the problem? Or you can just start sorting at home, plastic bottles at a minimum. At least start with yourself.
People who sort and dispose of waste for recycling are no longer uncommon. Someone started sorting waste at home. They taught their children to sort plastic, told their friends or relatives that it was necessary and possible to do it - so there were more people who sort and give raw materials for processing. Among such people was an «adherent» who suggested to colleagues in the office to start sorting waste paper or plastic, or both. So, the whole KNESS team started sorting. There were discussions, debates, mistakes were made (sorting is a kind of quest), but there is a pure fact: there are more people sorting waste. My personal observation: the one who started sorting will not be able to do otherwise. Therefore, from the office, this initiative began to spread to the employees' home lives. And the foundation was laid by someone who decided to change one of his/her habits. This is just one example, and there are many others.
We are different, but we have something in common. We believe in what we do. Working at KNESS gives you the opportunity to contribute to a clean and independent future on a daily basis, to change the world around you for the better now with your daily work. And CSR at KNESS is an opportunity to unite around social, environmental or ethical issues, to draw attention to them and to work together to address them. And the key word here is to unite.
Our team is a great example of how people come together to make the world a better place: it's not just our day-to-day work. Work takes up a third of our lives. So why not live it, leaving behind something for a secure, clean, independent future?