No future without corporate digital responsibility
Automation, big data, artificial intelligence: the digital age has long since entered all of our lives and has permanently changed the way we deal with technology in everyday life. Today, technology is already influencing almost every area of our lives, not only in our private lives, but also professionally.
Numerous processes are already being carried out by robots and controlled by intelligent systems. These societal changes are progressing at breakneck speed - leaving many questions unanswered. Because with new possibilities come new problems - this applies not only to environmental, social and economic aspects, but also to ethical considerations. There is growing concern about how to adequately address the issues raised by digital transformation, and calls for greater corporate responsibility. For example, companies need to rethink the concept of corporate responsibility. Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) provides guidance on how to do this - but what is it anyway? How can it help to better manage the challenges of our time? And how can digital learning formats support this process?
CDR: Corporate responsibility rethought
Corporate Digital Responsibility (CDR) is a relatively young concept and can be understood as a further development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Unlike CSR, CDR does not focus on ecological and social aspects of the analog world, but on digital issues. In short, CDR aims to shape the digital transformation responsibly. In doing so, it recognizes that while digital technologies offer great benefits, their environmental, social, economic and ethical implications must be taken into account. For example, it is not enough to simply ensure data protection. It is also important to ensure equitable access to digital solutions, regardless of a user's social class, age group, or geographic unit. It must also be clarified how the economic advantage of new technologies can be used for the benefit of all - especially those who suffer a disadvantage through their use. Potential environmental impacts must also be considered. This applies not only to the operation and maintenance of new technologies, but also to their disposal at the end of their life cycle.
Digital solutions in a digitized world
This makes it clear: CDR requires a holistic approach across a company's entire value chain. Thus, all links in the value chain must be analyzed and evaluated in terms of social benefit. At the same time, support processes must be examined to determine how they, in turn, can contribute to greater digital responsibility. T
his does not exclude awareness and training measures. After all, these also play a role when it comes to shaping the digital transformation. For example, digital offerings must be designed in a non-discriminatory manner and must draw attention to the challenges of a digitized and automated world. Digital training can not only educate people about the importance of CDR in everyday professional and private life, but also promote a more trusting approach to new technologies. As a digital solution, they provide a suitable framework to educate about the benefits and challenges in the interplay of humans and machines, of analog and digital worlds, and thus become a powerful tool in shaping the digital transformation.
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