Novice Corporate Social Responsibility

By Linda Jackson on 08 November 2016

What is CSR?

Is it a new illness about the hit the food industry? We love Mallen Baker’s definition: “CSR is about how companies manage the business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society”. Yes... we know you started your business to make oodles of money (and good for you). But there comes a point where this should not be the only driving objective. We think this time is now. It’s time you started thinking about the impact you are making on your community.

So how can you make a difference.

This article provides an overview of the compliance journey from novice to advanced. As a novice you will gain an understanding of the steps ahead of you and how we can support you in the process.

Everyone has to start somewhere. So let’s start at the beginning. But we should know where we are headed and what the big picture is.

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 a novice?

We think you are someone who is new to the concept of corporate social responsibility. You need to know the basics. You need ideas of how you could make a difference. You also need to understand the legal requirements in South Africa that support and drive corporate social responsibility activities.

What must a novice be able to know and do?

Our intention with articles aimed at the novice is to ensure you have an understanding of corporate social responsibility. We hope our articles will inspire and equip you to make a difference in your community – regardless of your size or budget.

We also want you to see how other programmes you have in place for employee health and safety and minimizing the impact on the environment are all part of the bigger CSR picture.