Corporate Social Responsibility

Academics, policymakers, business people, members of civil society and individuals have all recognized the significant effect the activities of the private sector have on employees, customers, communities, the environment, competitors, business partners, investors, shareholders, governments and others. It is also becoming increasingly clear that firms can contribute to their own wealth and to overall societal wealth by considering the effect they have on the world at large when making decisions.  All of this has led to growing interest in “corporate social responsibility”, or “CSR”, which has been described as the way firms integrate social, environmental and economic concerns into their values, culture, decision making, strategy and operations in a transparent and accountable manner and thereby establish better practices within the firm, create wealth and improve society.  The scope of the commitments and activities associated with any CSR initiative, which extend well “beyond the law”, can be daunting and representative lists have included corporate governance and ethics; health and safety; environmental stewardship; human rights (including core labor rights); sustainable development; working conditions (including safety and health, hours of work, wages); industrial relations; community involvement, development and investment; involvement of and respect for diverse cultures and disadvantaged peoples; corporate philanthropy and employee volunteering; consumer issues, customer satisfaction and adherence to principles of fair competition; anti-bribery and anti-corruption measures; accountability, transparency and performance reporting; and supplier relations, for both domestic and international supply chains.  

PROJECT PUBLICATIONS

Guides

Introduction to Corporate Social Responsibility

Developing and Implementing CSR Strategy and Commitments

Stakeholders and Stakeholder Engagement

Sustainability Governance and Management Processes

Sustainability Reporting and Auditing

Corporate Social Responsibility for Small Businesses and Startups

Handbooks

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Training Materials

CSR Handbook for SMEs

Discovering ISO 26000

Implementing ISO 26000

ISO 9001-2015

Sustainability Handbook

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Books

CSR Implementation Guide for Businesses

Handbook on CSR in India

Stakeholder Engagement in Emerging Markets

Stakeholder Engagement Manual (Volume 1)

Stakeholder Engagement Manual (Volume 2)

Sustainable Management Handbook

Chapters or Articles in Books

Business Strategy for Sustainability

Articles in Journals

Top Ten CSR Mistakes

Articles in Newspapers and Magazines

CSR Is Now Legal

Papers

Engaging SMEs in CSR

Governance and Multistakeholder Processes

Government and Other Public Domain Publications

Ceres Sustainability Roadmap

CSR for SMEs in Developing Countries

IFC Sustainability Performance Standards

ISO 26000

OECD Guidelines for MNEs

Sustainability Reporting for SMEs

United Nations Global Compact

WBCSD CSR Primer

Online Articles

CSR and The Supply Chain

CSR Supply Chain Compliance Programs

Websites

AccountAbility

African Institute of Corporate Citizenship

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Business Social Compliance Initiative

Business for Social Responsibility

Business in the Community

Caux Round Table

Ceres

Conference Board

Corporate Responsibility Officers Association

Entrepreneur.com

Ethos Institute

Ethical Trading Initiative

European Academy of Business in Society

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Fair Labor Association

Forest Stewardship Council

Global Environmental Management Initiative

Global Reporting Initiative

Global Unions

International Council on Mining and Metals

International Labour Organization

International Finance Corporation

International Organization for Standardization

Marine Stewardship Council

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Pivot Goals

Prince of Wale’s Corporate Leaders Group

Principles for Responsible Investment

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Social Accountability International

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform

Transparency International

United Nations Global Compact

Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

World Council for Corporate Governance

CSR Reports

First Solar Sustainability Report

Kellogg’s CSR Commitments

KPMG (UN Global Impact)

Nestle’s Sustainability Review

XPO Logistics Europe (UN Global Impact)