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Corporate Social Responsibility: Start Here

Get Smart Series: An introduction to CSR

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Corporate Social Responsibility Definition

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is generally the measure of legal, economic, moral and environmental awareness of a company.  This goes beyond a company, "being green". 

If we look that the International Oraganization for Standardization's (ISO) definition we get, "the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on societs and the environment, through transparent and ethical behavior" (DRAFT ISO 26000 WD4.2).

According to the ISO there are 7 core subjects in relation to social responsibility:

  1. Accountability
  2. Transparency
  3. Ethical Behavior
  4. Stakeholder interests
  5. Legal issues
  6. International behavioral recognition
  7. Human rights