corporate social responsibility rosewood va deanna simone

We already know that the days of operating solely for profit are long gone. Whilst this is still a priority, many businesses like, Rosewood, now care about more than just the bottom line. They now focus largely on corporate social responsibility.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when a company operates in an ethical and sustainable way and acknowledges and handles its environmental and social impacts. This means careful consideration towards human rights, the community, environment, and society in which the business operates.

5 Ways To Be More Socially Responsible in Business

  1. Support causes close to your heart
  2. Support causes that align with your business
  3. Support your community
  4. Support your friends & family
  5. Collaborate with like-minded people and organizations

Rosewood is a Proud Supporter of Non-Profit Organizations

Here at Rosewood, CSR is undoubtedly one of our top priorities as it actually determines what clients we choose to work with. Whenever we go into business with a new client – one of our first conversations is always about the philanthropic or community work they’re involved in.

Rosewood Participates/Has Participated in:

  • Annual Big Bike for Heart and Stroke (Participant on Vince’s Market Team)
  • Pupchella Pawty for SPCA (Sponsor)
  • Walk It Off’s Annual 5K (Participant)
  • Doane House Hospice
  • Client Events & Fundraisers for Good Causes
    • Covenant House (Rob Barlow of WireIE)
    • Easter Seals Dancing with the Stars (Brian Johns & Maria Ciarlandini of Vince’s Market)

Rosewood is Working/Has Worked With:

We are proud to offer a 10% discount on all projects for qualifying Non-Profits Organizations.

Philanthropic Organizations in York Region:

There are many philanthropic groups which also allow you to network with like-minded individuals. Here are juts a few within York Region that you can attend and contribute to. Expand your network while doing good!

Rosewood founder, Deanna Simone, is currently on the board for Green Connections Networking Group, which promotes environmentally and socially responsible initiatives in York Region.  You can attend the next meeting for free as her personal guest. Email her here.

The Bottom Line

Remember that when corporate social responsibility is integrated into your business model, it can attract positive publicity, work as a marketing strategy to network with like-minded people, help attract and retain top talent, and improve relationships with customers and their communities. The benefits are far reaching, including client retention, improved sales, financial success, and a sense of community. 

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Questions? Get in Touch!

Until Next Time,


Content Coordinator

Rosewood Inc.

how to make your small business green

Last week I was invited to join the board of the Green Connections Networking group based in Newmarket, ON.  I was thrilled to accept and am looking forward to connecting with other like-minded entrepreneurs and small business owners. This new role got me seriously thinking about how I can make my small business green, or at least greener.

My business is web designer and online marketing, which is already fairly green.  I work from home, therefore not contributing to travel emissions on a regular basis. I keep my home fairly cool in the winter, and warm in the summer.  And we ALWAYS ensure the lights are turned off in unoccupied rooms.

But what could I do to make my business even greener?

Reduce Paper Waste

I am an avid note-taker, and can go through journals very quickly. I have tried taking notes on my iPad, but it never caught on.  A client of mine, Heather from Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery, introduced me to a device called a Boogie Board.  It resembles and iPad, but is used solely as a writable screen. Although I haven’t tried it yet, she showed me hers and I’m very intrigued! You can check it out here at Staples or Costco.

Carpool to Networking Events

Why not extend your networking experience and set up a series of carpools to the event? Not only can you meet new people at the event, but you can spend more time with people who live closer to you.  Saving emissions and building a network; what could be better!

Support a Green Niche

I am a huge advocate for supporting business within a green niche.  I don’t mean that they specifically have to be in a green industry, but I want to support businesses that do no harm to people or the planet. If their organization has a green initiative then even better! We as consumers and small business owners have the power to drive change in our communities.  If we can make our small business go green, we can encourage our community to too!

What steps are you taking to make your small business green? We would love to hear them in the comments below.

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Until next time,


virtual admin newmarket working remotely

Canadian winters are long, and you can usually find me in my office, wrapped up in a large blanket working away until the early hours of the morning.  The sun doesn’t come out much so who can keep track of time?  But it seems we are (usually) rewarded with incredible summers and falls. Let’s hope this year is just as warm and sunny as last year!

When summer comes around, I am especially thankful that my career allows me to work remotely from almost anywhere. Even from the cottage or on the dock, I can hot-spot my cellphone and work from my laptop.  With modern technology I can manage my business from anywhere.

What Does a Virtual Admin Do?

I’m a Virtual Admin, or Virtual Assistant.  I specialize in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses with some of their day-to-day work that can be done remotely.  This helps reduce their workload so they can concentrate on running their business. I am also a WordPress website developer, building affordable websites for small businesses. And other work that can be done remotely like social media marketing, blogging, newsletters, etc. Read more