Intermediate Corporate Social Responsibility

By Linda Jackson on 14 November 2016

Introduction

So you have some CSR projects going on – maybe supporting a school feeding scheme, you all wore your slippers to work and you collect Christmas gifts for the local orphanage. That’s great – well done. But CSR is not a strategic initiative and it needs more focus. You are ready to take the next step. So this article provides an overview of the compliance journey from novice to advanced. As an intermediate, you will gain an understanding of the steps ahead of you and how we can support you in the process.


Our approach to compliance

When we tackle a new project or idea we very often instinctively use this approach:



This cycle was made famous by a quality guru called Dr Deming.
This is the cycle we actively follow in our articles to help guide you in your CSR journey.


You can see from the diagram below that as you progress from novice to advanced the level of CSR changes and the degree of difficulty of the articles will also increase.


What is an intermediate?


We think you are someone who understands the concept of corporate social responsibility. Your company has implemented the legal requirements. You want to do more but you need a structured approach. You are getting requests from customers for sustainability audits and you want to formalise what you have.


What must an intermediate be able to know and do?


You need to know what the standards are for CSR? Do you look at SA8000 or ISO 26000 or others? Your holding company or shareholders may also have preferences in this regard. You need to implement a practical system and you need help with how to do this.

Our intention with articles aimed at the intermediate is to ensure you have a thorough understanding of the requirements of the CSR standards. We discuss the reasons why you would select a particular standard and how you would implement the requirements. Our forum is specifically designed for intermediates to help them with questions as they arise during the implementation process. We hope you will chat to us.