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In 2001 Business Ethics magazine listed Target Corporation one of the 100 corporate citizens of 2001 Target Corporation provides employment close to 300000 people with an employee growth rate of 9 The retail giant has grown to over 1400 stores spread over 47 states The success of Target Corporation is a result from the key planning of the company wwwtargetcom 2005 Part of Targets initiatives and plans include impacting employees stakeholders and the community as a whole Target states on their website As the company evolves we will continue to add and refine social policies to reflect the scope of our business Being a socially responsible company is a big issue for many businesses Social responsibility might sway the financial performance of the company either positively or negatively The manager of a company has to be able to make an ethical decision in order to be socially responsible Donaldson 1982 Ethics help manage values associated with quality management strategic planning and diversity management to ensure that organizational behaviors are aligned with those values set Donaldson 1982 Ethical thinking is essential to strategic planning for any business Businesses have to consider themselves a part of the business community and society The matter of ethical thinking should be a fundamental practice and a way of life Professor Donaldson goes on to say that making money is not unethical but money can not provide the source of ethical thinking in a business A companys reputation together with the trust and confidence of all those with whom the company interacts is a vital asset and protection is critically important Commercial responsibilities involve running a business successfully generating profit and satisfying shareholder expectations Social responsibility on the other hand is being aware of the issues being presented in the community and the working environment Social responsibility requires us to look at ethics stakeholder accountability and also our own value systems Donaldson 1982 A stakeholder is anyone who has a stake
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