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Encouraged (and enforced) responsible business community role for Registered Training Organisations
Responsible business behaviour in Australia is primarily only been regarded as a meeting legal obligations in compulsory areas, such as workplace health and safety provisions.
This perspective has narrowed Australia’s approach to responsible business practice and appears to have exacerbated a lack of interest in the role of business in community development.
Many companies and businesses that have big impacts on communities and their quality of life recognise that there is both an ethical imperative and a sound business case for focusing on sustainable community development.
1. There is a need to develop and implement policy that Voc. Ed. and Training businesses must embrace concerning social responsibilities and not be solely focused on maximizing profits from public or private funds.
2. There is a need to develop and implement policy introducing a formal “Social Licence” to operate a Voc. Ed. and Training related business, including Private Registered Training Organisations. Note that TAFEs already have Legislated social licence responsibilities.
Continued: Issue Six