How technology can help increase the good you do in the world
7 ethical ways to use accounting software
Innovative accounting isn’t about designing more creative P&L statements. It’s about using your software to help your people, your customers, your supply chain. When you automate something – for example, giving employees easy “one-stop” information access for complete awareness of the customer relationship and status – it brings pragmatic results like higher quality service and greater customer retention, which directly improves net profit. At the same time, it supports your commitment to treat people well and ethically.
1. Do no harm
This is the first priority. Ensure that you’re not using technology to support products or practices that exploit people; that lead to degrading or unfulfilling work; that hurt the community or environment; that deny responsibility; or that lead to suffering rather than health.
2. Create well-being
Ask wide-open questions. How could life be better? How would the ideal day be? How do you want to live and work? How can profit be generated with ease so that more money is available to fund good initiatives? Then, ask how could you automate that to run easily and facilitate your workflow? Leverage software to add lightness, kindness, balance and the capacity to make things function well.
3. Assess often
Use your software to look deeply at what’s actually going on, to make it easy for your team to stay flexible and resilient. Set up alerts to signal changes in sales volume or to validate quality. Automatically monitor your inventory flow, your computer usage, your people’s suggestions—so you can tune things and put systems in place to have what you want to occur, occur. Be informed so you can shift in response to brilliant ideas and external changes.
4. See the whole
View the system as an interdependent whole. If you focus on optimizing one department and ignore another, then the other can break when weight is put on that area. Deploy software tools and data to foster opportunity, responsibility and problem solving among people at all levels. This level of care also makes it easier to hire solid people and keep them with you.
5. Be accountable
True accounting goes beyond finances, profit, taxes and earnings. Use your software to track values-based metrics. Things not normally on the books can become traceable assets and liabilities to monitor and improve. For example, your preventative maintenance, your service call response time, or the amount of non-renewable resources you use.
6. Be transparent
Use your software to facilitate open communications about what’s important. In the old days it was confidential ledgers. Today it’s open accountability, “What lot number is that from?” “What’s our response time for order fulfillment?” “What’s our environmental footprint?”
7. Build self-reliance
When you add software, consider what independence, flexibility and community resources are built in, versus dependence on the vendor. Get all you need and only what you need. Use its full capacity; keep it up to date with your needs. Maximize the value you receive over time, just as you would from a car that’s built to last.
Getting a financial ROI is ethical too
Use software to achieve higher results
When software is used well it brings better stability, ease, productivity and underlying financial health.
Even if you have a powerful entrepreneurial or social impact dream – while helping you create that vision, we’re talking about facilitating your operations in a responsive way.
We’re focusing on high return on investment areas, automating accounting, service dispatch, customer relationship management.
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Technology and ethics are intertwined
That’s why we’re designers and builders first, not software sales reps or consultants in suits.
The use of flexible source code software as the platform to control the software to serve your needs gives you the ability to take ownership and responsibility for your technology and account for that to your stakeholders.
We’ve been doing this for as long as anybody. These functional choices are as critical to receiving a return on technology investments
as anything else.
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