Link Global Poverty to Sustainability
Poverty has always been one of the most breaking issues for the whole of humanity. Despite the fact that society is worried about a rising rate of the issue, there are numerous examples proving that poverty is a threat to the sustainable development of the surrounding world. It is a fact that there is a link between global poverty and sustainability. It may seem that every country has its political and economic nature of development. However, such global issues like poverty affect all countries regardless of their prosperity. In order to realize the threat of poverty to global sustainability, it is necessary to evaluate its origin. The main reason that people suffer from poverty hides in the principles of contemporary business development. It is the fact that everybody living in developed countries tend to experience over consumerism in terms of modern development. Any business environment tends to devastate the natural resources of humanity. For example, over 40% of people are living in Africa. Their people tend to suffer from deforestation and other negative influences of humanity. People lack their only sources of welfare, which could help them survive and fulfill their physical demands. It is the fact that contemporary global sustainability depends on some reforms on economic, political, and social levels. Countries all over the world tend to perform based on outdated economic models. They need to have some changes in order to be effective. Economic issues also affect the rate of poverty around the world. It will disrupt global sustainability. Unfair trade is an issue, which takes place in every economic system around the world. It is the fact that the transformation of an economic structure of every country in the prospect of fair trade would decrease the rate of poverty with the help of a comprehensive approach. Around $130 billion could be saved with the help of introducing new measures in the economic cooperation among countries. Global sustainability depends on both the political and economic development of countries. The political and economic development, in its turn, cannot be effective when countries are full of poor people.
The Main Ethical Issues Concerning Extreme Poverty
Extreme poverty is an issue, which worries the minds of many people all over the world. Despite worries, there is not enough activity from the side of humanity. It could make a change and reduce the number of people suffering from extreme poverty. In general, this radical poverty is an issue, which means that humans do not have any purchasing ability. The lack of buying power results in an inability to access education and healthcare services, some problems with buying food and providing the family with clothes. This problem arises from the diversity of obstacles influenced by the economic and political development of the surrounding world. The surrounding has been facing this issue for a long time. It has aroused many ethical issues. The main ethical problem is that any society should take care of poor people but its inaction leads to serious misunderstandings. For example, future generations will not understand why the community did not take care of poor citizens when it should have helped them to survive in terms of severe poverty. Two other issues have a humanitarian and injustice character. People should remain humans after all. Humanism is an issue, which means that every citizen should be attentive enough to the surrounding world in order to maintain a balance between fulfilling his needs and sustainable development of the whole world. Everybody may think that it is not his business to take care of poor people. At the same time, there is a need to encourage everyone to take action and make a change. People should remember that every movement can bring the missing balance to the world. The society should take care of breathing a new life into the economic and political sustainability of the world by helping those ones being in need. Injustice is another ethical aspect involving both poor people and those who should take care of them. First, the government is the main source of justice, which should ensure all people are being in balanced and full development. It is one of the primary functions of the government to help all citizens gain access to the facilities and services of vital importance. The government should be the source of justice-making all citizens equal. However, those ones affected by poverty feel injustice from the side of government and those being lucky to be prosperous. The government should take into account some ethical issues caused by extreme poverty along with the community and take action immediately in order to preserve a balanced world for future generations. There is a great chance that future generations will not understand their ancestors who neglected to help the world continue its sustainable development. In addition, countries all over the world should unite in order to fight extreme poverty. Additional working places, social programs, and international cooperation should become the sources of first-aid help. It can reduce the rates of extreme poverty. Ethical issues will diminish along with extreme poverty as soon as it is possible to gain balance between the economic development and welfare of all citizens.
How Can Business Help Alleviate Poverty?
Poverty is an extreme issue for the whole world regardless of the centers, where it has the most impressive rates. It is the fact that business is one of the effective sources of changes, which could help the surrounding world get rid of problems including extreme poverty. Sustainable development is an important element of the world’s development as long as it builds a living environment for future generations. One of the main instruments helping to reduce poverty is fair trade. It means that poor people in developing countries have an opportunity to receive a fair price for the products they produce. Farmers can essentially benefit from fair trade and take care of their family’s welfare. Another option of the fair trade is that it helps to receive appropriate working conditions with fair wages. They contribute to the balanced working conditions among different segments of the economy. Fairtrade is a form of business, which could change some activities of different segments of the economy. In a prospective of extreme poverty, it is necessary to take into account farming. Farming is a segment, which involves numerous citizens from developing countries. It is important to start the reduction of poverty within this segment. As long as people start receiving enough opportunities for the development and personal growth they provide their families with food, clothes, and medicines. Fair-trade can help a farmer take care of four-five people. The business could contribute to the establishment of programs engaging farmers and corporations into one organization.
Business can also create an effective strategy for corporate social responsibility. It can essentially reduce the problems of the surrounding world. Reduction of extreme poverty should become a mandatory element of companies located to the centers, where people suffer most of all. It is necessary to start taking action in the areas, where there is the worst situation with poverty. An example of global corporations like Apple, Starbucks, Google, and PepsiCo is taken to analyze. It is possible to show that business can become a reliable source of support for those suffering from poverty. Sustainable development takes into account different aspects of the surrounding world. For example, numerous companies cut a lot of trees in order to grow and develop. It means that millions of people living in developing countries, where forests start to disappear, have no territory to keep a household or produce some products based on the forestry. It means that companies take away any chances from poor citizens, which could help them survive and take care of themselves. These two aspects can be united. For example, fair-trade could accompany a company’s initiative of reforestation. This initiative could essentially enhance the development of people suffering from extreme poverty and increase environmental sustainability. Global sustainability is a factor, which affects all living organisms. It is important to create a complex system of measures, which could essentially benefit the development of the surrounding world. In particular, extreme poverty is one of the main issues worrying minds of those ones striving to take care of future generations. Reforestation is just another opportunity not only to create enough territory for the development of poor people but also help build an effective system. It could bring society to a new level of environmental development. It could reduce the rate of illnesses caused by harmful emissions as long as there will be enough green territories. Reduction of illnesses means that extreme poverty will not require additional aids in order to provide citizens with medical help. It means that reforestation could essentially influence on the reduction of poverty.
Ethical and Sustainable Societal Response to Global Poverty Alleviation
Sustainability theories and ethical development of society are the first indicators pointing at the opportunity of reducing extreme poverty. As long as this issue remains an actual one, it is obvious that there is not enough action from the side of society. It could influence on the reduction of extreme poverty dramatically (Stevenson 2011). One of the most widespread theories applied in society in order to reduce poverty is a four capital model. This model takes into account four segments including social sustainability, financial sustainability, environmental sustainability, and manufactured capital in the process of a company’s performance. This model is an integration of social and business opportunity aimed to reduce the rate of poverty at least on the local terms. It is a theory, which means that the community takes care of a segment of poor people according to its opportunities. First, social sustainability means that the community along with companies takes care of creating enough working places for those ones in need. In addition, there are numerous educational centers, which help poor people increase their knowledge and prepare them for work. In addition, it helps them to adjust to the environment and attain trust and reputation in a process of cooperation with others. A social network is another part of social sustainability, which helps to unite people. These networks teach how to handle financial problems, interact with others, and start a new lifestyle. Financial sustainability is another segment of the four capital model, which allows providing the community with enough finances. It helps poor people to receive educational and healthcare facilities. This element is an integration of social and business response to extreme poverty. It means that both business and society are able to donate financial resources into numerous funds helping poor ones survive in terms of the surrounding world. Recycling and reforestation are forms of social and business response to both ecological and poverty problems. It creates a comprehensive approach to the alleviation of poverty. Finally, manufactured capital is a source of funds, which the society and companies involved in community programs decide how to distribute. Mainly, this capital goes on some needs of creating social networks, support centers, and educational programs. Obviously, four segments of the model contribute to the alleviation of poverty involving both businesses and society. The community, in its turn, strives to draw the attention of masses through magazines, newspapers, TV, and radio to the problem of extreme poverty. Social centers make others aware of the problem. Care ethics is a main ethical theory applied to the reduction of extreme poverty. It is the concept, which focuses on vulnerability, relations, and empathy. This theory builds the whole response to the problem of extreme poverty and its reduction. Care ethics penetrate an activity of social networks and centers. It enhances the response of the community to the request of those people being in need.
To sum up, it is important to say that charity is the most appropriate example of the manifestation of the social response to the problem. Ethics is the main point, which defines the course of solving the issue of extreme poverty. It helps communities unite and as well as speed up the process of poverty alleviation. Social marketing is a specific form of social response to the problem of extreme poverty. Philanthropy and establishment of effective community relations are the main sources of social response to this issue.