Planting Corporate Seeds For Social Good: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) And Social Work

What is CSR?

A company’s way of managing business processes to produce a positive impact on society and to give back to the people and communities that support it.

CSR is also known as:

Corporate Sustainability

A progress report, published by auditing firm KPMG and The Economist in 2011, finds that nearly 50 percent of executives surveyed believe that sustainability programs will contribute to their bottom lines.

Example: Starbucks and the Ethos Water Fund

Every time Starbucks customers purchase a bottle of Ethos Water, a 5-cent contribution is made to the Ethos Water Fund, which supports water, sanitation and hygiene education programs in water-stressed countries.

CSR expands a corporation’s accountability to include not just shareholders, but stakeholders.

Stakeholders can include:

CSR can include efforts related to:

Social Workers In Business Environments

Social Workers have unique opportunities in business settings:

Social Workers Duties In Traditional Settings

Social Workers Duties In Business Settings

Issues Frequently Addressed By Both Social Workers And CSR Efforts

CSR In Action

Programs Started By Corporations

Target’s Bullseye Gives program

Pepsi’s Refresh project

Friends of Toms

Nonprofit Organizations Sponsored By Corporations

Habitat For Humanity

Dedicated to building and repairing homes for those who lack adequate shelter

Key Corporate Partners:

No Kid Hungry

Dedicated to connecting children with nutritious food and educating families on healthy cooking

Core Corporate Partners:


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