Principle of Solidarity - Solidarity highlights in a particular way the intrinsic social nature of the human person, the equality of all in dignity and rights and the common path of individuals and peoples towards an ever more committed unity. Never before has there been such a widespread awareness of the bond of interdependence between individuals and peoples, which is found at every level. (Compendium 192)
Solidarity is also an authentic moral virtue, not a “feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good. That is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 38).” (Compendium, 193)
This is a bit easier for business leaders to swallow. Indeed, we know our organizations function best when there is unity among our employees: they clearly understand the mission, the strategy, and the tactics and are working together to meet the goals.
Solidarity demands we go further, that we conscientiously strive to improve the conditions (dignity) of our employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders, and the communities where we operate. We need to look beyond the class of stakeholder to the person. Which employees are suffering? How can we help?
How can we implement being "all responsible for all?"