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Getting Involved in CSR


Choosing a career in corporate social responsibility can be very rewarding and as more and more companies become more involved in CSR there are a variety of opportunities for people choosing this career path.

Some large organisations have been working on CSR and making a positive impact on the environment by reducing carbon omissions through better vehicle routing, shared deliveries and reducing packaging, creating more emphasis on ongoing education and skill building through training and development. When looking for a job it may either be for a new company looking where they can follow some ideas or an existing company looking for new ideas.

What is corporate social responsibility (csr)?

CSR is an internal department that maintains in a self regulatory ideal the company’s compliance with the law and ethical standards, by gaining a better understanding of their own business and its impact on the environment. By taking responsibility for its actions, in a way taking ownership, through this understanding to encourage a more positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees and for people living where the business is based.

Working in CSR will mean gaining an understanding of how a company is having an impact and the effect on the environment can be the starting point (especially if you are the first CSR for the company) and also gaining an understanding from other companies who have already progressed and are well under way with corporate social responsibility.

Getting the Job

After gaining the necessary skills look at companies who are actively involved in corporate social responsibility already, there are websites where companies convene to share ideas and information or alternatively look at any recent CSR reports published. Make sure when you apply for this kind of role that you have read what the company is already actively trying to achieve and if they have set themselves any targets and what they are doing to meet these targets. This will leave you better placed to answer any questions or expand on any areas which they are currently working on. Use your knowledge of what other companies have done in their CSR efforts and suggest areas where they could do something similar showing how it worked for a different company.

You can also look through organisations in your area which haven’t embraced CSR yet and take a proposal to them, showing the positive impact a similar size company has seen, the positive financial gain they will see. As with any decision a business makes it will need to think about the financial implications of changing how the business operates and incorporating CSR initiatives into their business model.

Starting out in the Role

It is important that you understand the company and how it works, what it is trying to achieve and take on board ideas from employees. People who work for the company may have ideas already, as we are encouraged in our own homes to be more environmentally friendly it makes sense that a business is just an extension of that mindset. Put together a list of ideas of where you think CSR could be improved for the company and work out where you want to start, understanding that some are quick wins whilst others may be long term gains.

Stephen Castle is an experienced writer with a good understanding of what successful businesses are working on and prioritising, CSR – was one topic that doesn’t always get a lot of mainstream attention.

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