Curious About Corporate Social Responsibility? So are we

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is by no means a new concept but the term is one that is gaining ground as the global economy shifts towards sustainable business models. A simple online search reveals an abundance of information on the topic ranging from academic articles, news articles, organizational plans, and general information defining CSR and its benefits (see Industry Canada’s CSR resource pages for an in-depth explanation of CSR in a Canadian and international context). While the information is abundant, it can be difficult to navigate the complexities of CSR and understand how it applies to your own organization.

Environmental, social, and economic sustainability are overlapping and interrelated factors that form the basis for CSR

Environmental, social, and economic sustainability are overlapping and interrelated factors that form the basis for CSR

 

Ultimately, CSR is an organization’s application of sustainability. CSR, like sustainability, isn’t one thing, it’s the integration of, well, everything. Social, environmental, and economic factors interrelate to form the ecosystems that are the foundation of human life. Like aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, there are similarities that form the basis of corporate ecosystems but also many differences that make each and every ecosystem on Earth unique. Just like no two wetlands are the same, no two organizations are identical in how their systems operate. Therefore, understanding the general ‘what’ and ‘why’ of CSR is easier than comprehending how to specifically incorporate CSR into an organization. Fortunately, we’re here to help navigate the process.

Over the next two months, I will be exploring the topic of CSR and its applicability to organizations big and small; private and public; volunteer and non-profit; local and global. Topics such as the indicators and indices currently in place and key factors of successful CSR plans and practices will be discussed. But what I’m most interested in, are your curiosities surrounding CSR. What do you want to know about CSR? What questions do you have? What role does or can CSR play in your organization? Leave a comment below or connect with me via email, phone, Facebook, or Twitter.