Long before saving the environment became a crusade for many, corporate responsibility was a concept companies of all sizes were embracing. When it comes to being socially responsible, the ecology has become a cause celebre wagon citizens across the world have jumped on. And not just because it's cool.

Sure, being socially responsible is hip in today's society. But before anyone gets altruistic, it is also a great way to save a lot of money. For real. Just ask the firms who put money into developing their eco-friendly personas. No one should be naive enough to think that the only reason companies - particularly large ones - become socially responsible is because it is the right thing to do.

For instance, adopting virtual office systems not only saves on costs, but it can be used as ripe marketing fodder. Just like the Pied Piper - many people will follow a firm that touts and promotes social causes. Companies know this, so they do good and then they promote it.

Another way smart organizations and businesses use technology is by having virtual offices. Not only do they reduce carbon footprints, but they save on costs. Who knows, perhaps businesses will be in a better position to keep more jobs right here in the good 'ole U-S of A. How about that?! Now that would be phenomenally socially responsible!