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Social Work: Planting Corporate Seeds for Social Good [INFOGRAPHIC]

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is becoming increasingly important to both multinational corporations and local businesses. Also known as corporate citizenship, CSR is seen by many executives and business owners as having a positive impact on long-term profits and general business health. Some companies have initiated CSR programs of their own, such as Target’s Bullseye Gives program or Pepsi’s Refresh Project, while others partner with nonprofit organizations like Habitat for Humanity or No Kid Hungry.

Most of the socially responsible efforts by corporations are in areas traditionally supported by social work, including public safety, community development, education, public health and diversity. Over the past few decades, many corporations have learned to tap into the expertise of social workers by creating roles for them within the corporate hierarchy. The infographic below shows how social work plants the seeds for corporate good and describes the varied roles that social workers fill within corporations.

The USC School of Social Work’s Social Work and Business in a Global Society concentration, available online and on campus, is a great option for students who are interested in influencing how businesses work with their communities and customers to solve big social problems or defining organizations’ best practices on how to help individuals live healthy and productive lives. The curriculum teaches students to understand group and organizational dynamics and prepares them for their choice of micro-level (individual and family clinical focus) or macro-level (organizational change and program development) practice within work-related environments. The concentration also includes a 550-hour supervised field internship to maximize the learning experience. In some cases, the school offers “non-traditional” placements in organizations that may not ordinarily hire MSWs, including financial services, insurance, health services, and foundations.

Social Work Plant Corporate Seeds for Social Good INFOGRAPHIC

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  • TheraNest

    Great post and a great trend. This bodes well for everyone – the social work community, the business community and everyone at large. At TheraNest, as a company that provides social worker software , we see the great work they do everyday and it is wonderful to see it beginning to influence the world we live in as businesses. Great program idea by USC of course. We will be embedding this image in our blog and spreading the word.

    • Susan Paul

      Thanks for sharing the link about your company. I am interested in learning more about your social work software and which organizations/companies effectively use it.

      • TheraNest

        Thanks Susan. You can find out more at theranest.com
        We have users from all over the country and some outside the country. They include both non-profit organizations such as Catholic charities and other non-profit social service and counseling organizations, as well as for profit organizations.

  • Linda Bong

    It is refreshing to see how”corporate seeds” are sprouting and taking root. I believe it is the only way the global economy will ever reach sustainability. Thank you so much for sharing this invaluable information.

    • Susan Paul

      Nice point about the global economy. We’re all in this together.

  • Susan Paul

    Fantastic inforgraphic on CSR & Social Work. This is the standard in the City of Boston where I was born and raised. Junior Achievement (JA) is another model organization that empowers young students to learn about financial responsibility and exposes them to the corporate world. Private-Public partnerships matter for increasing economic prosperity and societal well-being. Thanks for sharing this overview.

  • Stacy Cofield

    I can’t wait to get started in this concentration!

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