Home » Society and Culture

CSR - What Does It Actually Mean?

Aug 23, 2008
More and more business are talking about 'Corporate social responsibility', it's definitely the buzz word of the moment... but what do they actually mean and is it something we all should be doing?

Corporate social responsibility or CSR is a concept where companies consider the interests of society and take responsibility for the impact of their activities on their employees, stakeholders and customers and also the environment.

Organizations take steps to improve the quality of life for employees and their families as well as for the local community and society at large.

Discounted gym membership, cycle to work schemes, childcare vouchers and healthy food in the office are all examples of schemes a company might offer to their employer to make the working environment a better one. A happier work environment makes for happier staff and happier staff are more likely to work harder and work more efficiently.

Companies might also want to help the environment. Shutting down computers at the end of the day, turning lights off, switching off plugs at the mains are all examples of the small things we can do every day in our office. We can also recycling paper and card, drinks cans and plastic bottles.

Corporate social responsibility is not just about what we do in our office and what our employer offers us....it is also what we can give back. Helping out local charities, holding events, taking a day out a year to help a charity, school, youth club or another local business are all ways that we can make a positive contribution to the communities we work in.
Although this might seem like obvious steps that we should all be taking in our offices and homes, the practise of CSR is subject to much criticism and debate. Some critics think that the government should be helping the communities more and that it shouldn't be up to local businesses, other say that CSR distracts from the fundamental economic role of businesses. Some of these arguments may very well be true but it doesn't hurt us all to do our bit, and everyone is more likely to help and make an effort if they are encouraged to by their employers. If you are encouraged to recycle at work, you are likely to start making an effort recycling at home, the same applies to being energy efficient.

CSR is being adopted by more and more companies and there is now a huge place in the market for CSR specialists. Many businesses will employ a CSR specialist to come into their work place and help them develop their strategies whether it is demonstrating how they can be more energy efficient or how they can get in touch with and how they can help with schemes in their local community.
About the Author
John McE writes articles on a number of subjects including Corporate Social Responsibility . For more about CSR visit Arc Vision
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 176
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources