As companies and businesses actively try to gain more visibility with their actions of positive impact, the term CSR is a recurring one. Althoug a very broad subject touching a wide scope of areas, just scratching the surface of Corporate Social Responsibility is food for thought.
The development of Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR also known as corporate conscience or sustainable responsible business in businesses, corporations and organizations are put in effect to foster sustainable development in growth. Seeking to draw business and society closer together, the goal of these self-established, self-regulating actions integrated into a business model is for company actions to be followed through with responsibility at all stages while seeking positive impact on the different areas it could affect such as environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and others involved.
CSR within a corporation can be practiced several ways with the most common approach being corporate philanthropy including donations to nonprofits, community or global charities and/or to arts, education, health projects. Although an important part to CSR policy, corporate philanthropy is ideally not the only component to reaching the final goal of creating a positive impact in and out of the company.
When CSR is planned for on a broader scope approaching it as a creating shared value model, the influence on areas of value creation, risk management and corporate philanthropy in the hands of a skilled workforce can have noticeable, measurable effects in the company and society.
Within the company and with the right tools building a genuine culture of doing the right thing for the team and the clients all the while fomenting social awareness can prove to be powerful tools to setting yourself apart from your competition, creating a healthy workforce and obtaining true brand differentiation.
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