The concept of social responsibility has saturated social media over the last few years and crept into the organizational pillars of many corporations.

Posted on Food Safety Magazine | By Wendy White

In its infancy, green/responsibility initiatives were often placed with the quality leaders, although today, many large companies have separate corporate social responsibility (CSR) departments. CSR encompass a variety of facets: environmental conservation, community outreach/volunteerism, sustainable sourcing/animal welfare, good labor practices, etc.

There are several examples of common social pursuits directly influencing food safety and quality objectives.

Food Insecurity vs. Expiration Dates

One of the most pressing problems facing our country continues to be hunger. Golden State Foods’ Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Anna Lisa Lukes shed some light on the true extent of this problem: “Hunger is a rampant and real problem for so many Americans that finding a solution to avoid food waste while at the same time feed children and families who would otherwise turn to food banks should be an (ambitious) aspiration for those who are in a position to make a difference.” Forty-six million people are food insecure in the United States, and nearly a fourth of those are children.

Corporate social responsibility initiatives are by no means solely found in the food industry, but they seem to have a direct influence over many facets of food safety and quality.

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