Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

What is CSR?

Corporate Social Responsibility is a management concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and interactions with their stakeholders. CSR is generally understood as being the way through which a company achieves a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives (“Triple-Bottom-Line-  Approach”), while at the same time addressing the expectations of shareholders and stakeholders. In this sense, it is important to draw a  distinction between CSR, which can be a strategic business management concept, and charity, sponsorships or philanthropy. Even though the latter can also make a valuable contribution to poverty reduction, will directly enhance the reputation of a company and strengthen its brand,  the concept of CSR clearly goes beyond that.

Promoting the uptake of CSR amongst SMEs requires approaches that fit the respective needs and capacities of these businesses, and do not adversely affect their economic viability. UNIDO based its CSR program on the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Approach, which has proven to be a successful tool for SMEs in the developing countries to assist them in meeting social and environmental standards without compromising their competitiveness. The TBL approach is used as a framework for measuring and reporting corporate performance against economic, social and environmental performance. It is an attempt to align private enterprises to the goal of sustainable global development by providing them with a more comprehensive set of working objectives than just profit alone. The perspective taken is that for an organization to be sustainable, it must be financially secure, minimize (or ideally eliminate) its negative environmental impacts and act in conformity with societal expectations.

Key CSR issues: environmental management, eco-efficiency, responsible sourcing, stakeholder engagement, labor standards, and working conditions, employee and community relations, social equity, gender balance, human rights, good governance, and anti-corruption measures.

A properly implemented CSR concept can bring along a variety of competitive advantages, such as enhanced access to capital and markets, increased sales and profits, operational cost savings, improved productivity and quality, efficient human resource base, improved brand image and reputation, enhanced customer loyalty, better decision making, and risk management processes

What Benefits Does CSR Offer to Businesses?

Both ecommerce and brick-and-mortar businesses stand to benefit from the implementation of CSR strategies. Some activities that fall under the umbrella of CSR, with their corresponding benefits, include:

  • Prevent financial ramifications: Compliance with the spirit and letter of the law — both nationally and internationally — through self-regulatory processes will prevent fines, put your business “low on regulators’ radar screens,” and lower legal expenses.
  • Increase employee loyalty: Treating your employees fairly and generously is a part of corporate social responsibility. By providing good jobs and encouraging high professional and moral standards, you increase employee loyalty, and by procuring only those overseas products produced at factories where workers were treated ethically, you gain support among “Fair Trade” advocates.
  • Maintain a positive reputation: Demonstrated consciousness in a variety of areas can garner publicity and give a business tangible proof of their conduct, which can be proudly displayed on a company website. These include:
    • Environmental consciousness: Reducing waste, recycling, minimizing carbon footprint, and other best practices can . Using or producing only sustainable products, lowering energy usage, and supporting environmental causes will boost a business’s “green reputation” among environmentally concerned clients.
    • Social Concern: Donating to humanitarian causes that fight persistent poverty, help the victims of epidemics like AIDS or Ebola, or assist those displaced by hurricanes or earthquakes shows concern for issues that consumers are more and more aware of in our modern, interconnected world.
    • Local Community: Involvement in local community projects, either through financial donations, employee participation, connecting your customers with project leaders, or promotion of the project through advertising and fundraising enhances your CSR credentials with clients in the given location.

How can online businesses use their website to engage customers in CSR?

Online businesses can utilize and incorporate the above methods, but there are additional digital opportunities to give back:

  1. Helping the environment through “website sustainability,” meaning lowering the carbon footprint of webpages by removing screen clutter, replacing video clips with slide shows and improving ease of navigation.
  2. Allowing clients to choose a charity that receives a portion of profits. Many customers appreciate their input being taken into account and are more likely to return when they feel personally connected to the beneficiary of a charitable campaign.
  3. Promoting additional social/humanitarian causes with display ads on the website, blog content, and social media posts
Amit Kumar
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