Corporate Social Responsibility
- Where to begin?

Why do companies have CSR programs?

There are several reasons why companies large and small develop socially responsible initiatives. The world is facing unprecedented challenges connected with environmental issues, social justice and economic prosperity. People are paying attention to a company’s support of their employees, their community and their customers. Companies provide that support and respond to the needs of their stakeholders through social responsibility.

Companies do not exist in isolation. Successful and sustainable businesses underpin the world economy and society by providing employment ad creating prosperity. Corporate social responsibility follows the belief that in order to have long-term success companies need to build and maintain successful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including their partners, consumers, employees, the community they operate in, and their governments. Furthermore, a company’s culture should promote integrity, openness, value, diversity and be responsive to the views of wider stakeholders. “Social responsibility is not limited to just corporations, and a need has arisen for a new term to summarize these types of philanthropic efforts.” Rachel Hutchisson, VP of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud said. “– It’s time to shift to Human Social Responsibility (HSR)”.

How to Start Your CSR Program

  • Setting up the Program
  • Identify Key Stakeholders' Concern
  • Analyzing Your Past Company and Program Data
  • Building a Corporate Strategy and Program Structure
  • Identifying the Right Nonprofit Partners for Your Program
  • Additional Considerations
  • Role of a True CSR Ambassador
  • Incorporating the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
  • Disaster Response and Relief Strategy 
  • Global Consideration
  • Taking a Stand: Corporate Activism
  • Creating an Employee Resource Group
  • Immersing Diversity and Inclusion within in your Corporation