Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large. ‘

– World Business Council For Sustainable Development

Our definition :-

“A voluntary initiative on the part of a business to contribute to a better society and a greener and cleaner environment.”

Being socially responsible is one way of building the much-needed trust , reputation & goodwill. All of this put together can open new horizons for the company and gain more acceptance for its ways of functioning.

A commitment to corporate social responsibility is no longer optional. Companies need to understand that CSR affects their internal (employee engagement, productivity, turnover rate) and external (increased sales, customer loyalty, brand awareness) growth.

In today’s digital era, companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility are gaining exposure — and praise — for their involvements. Your brand’s reputation can only benefit from good deeds in your community. Think about it: Consumers feel good when they buy products and services from companies that are helping their community.

CSR can be seen everywhere such as food giants sponsoring marathons, tech companies that make their software open-source, banks that offer scholarships and manufacturing firms that donate to green causes.

There’s no one-size-fits-all model of corporate social responsibility. Any action that a company takes to give back to society can fall under the CSR umbrella.

Companies need to engage in a corporate social responsibility strategy just to keep up. In 2018, analysis by the Governance & Accountability Institute found that 86% of companies in the S&P 500 Index published a sustainability or corporate responsibility report.

CSR Benefits All

First of all, there is no need to be a Fortune 500 company to start giving back to society and benefiting from the marketing and branding boons a good CSR strategy can provide. McKinsey’s research has shown that companies both big and small are well-served by a thoughtful CSR strategy.

Benefits for companies and organizations engaging in CSR fall into two camps: 1) direct, such as increased sales, and 2) indirect, such as name recognition, increased goodwill and risk avoidance.

Examples of CSR  :-

1. IBM UK- Reinventing Education Partnership Programme Interactions and sharing of knowledge through a wed based technology-“the Learning Village” software. Culture of openness and sharing of good practice.

2. AVON – a partnership with breakthrough Breast Cancer and its Breast Cancer has raised over 10 million pounds since its launch 10 years ago.

3. TOI’s Lead India campaign, campaign for contribution towards educating the poor.

Companies in trouble  :-

1. Dasani mineral water (part of Coca-Cola).

2. Coke’s sale was banned as a result of tests including those by Indian government, which found high concentration of pesticides.

3. Communities in India, around Coca-Cola’s bottling operation are facing severe shortage of water as a result of the Cola major sucking huge amount of water from the common ground water sources.

How To Build A CSR Strategy

The basic approach is simple: Figure out what you do best. Listen to your customers or clients. Engage your team. Measure and publish results. Let’s get started:

  • Identify your company’s strengthsAny time you build a team or set a goal, you need to make sure you have the needed resources to support that team or achieve that goal, right? Your company may have a rock-solid logistics background, or a great communication team, or creative and clever engineering resources.
  • Know what your customers or clients valueAnd if you don’t know, ask them. Since a major goal of CSR is to improve your company’s reputation with your audience, investing in things that your audience doesn’t care about is like shooting yourself in the foot. Figure out what issues matter to them — such as education, the environment, or health and wellness — and develop in that particular area.
  • Engage your employees. A CSR strategy will only succeed if the people executing it on a day-to-day basis believe in it too; a bunch of corporate jargon will only get you so far.
  • Get started, and get measuring. Whatever you’ve decided to focus on, set up metrics that will let you know just how well you’re doing, and incorporate the results into communications like annual reports, press conferences or your website’s “about us” section.

Go Forth And Seek CSR

As you build your CSR strategy, keep the above four guiding principles in mind. It doesn’t matter the size of your team, the amount of money you have to work with or the industry you’re in. Find the corporate social responsibility plan that works for you and your team; execute it, and enjoy the benefits.

“It takes 20 years to build reputation and only 5 minutes to ruin it.” – (Warren Buffet)

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