Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR – refers to the behaviour of companies that seek to operate in a way that has a positive impact on the community, society and environment in which they operate. In a business world where your suppliers, partners and consumers could be halfway across the globe, the communities, societies and environments that you could impact are virtually limitless.

Though it is often assumed to be the same as Corporate Philanthropy (companies giving donations to charities/causes), corporate philanthropy is actually only a small part CSR.

 
Corporate Social ResponsibilityCSR encompasses all aspects of business from your supply chain (making sure your resources are being extracted sustainably for example) to workplace safety and health, and represents your business commitment to operating in a responsible way to bring about positive effects.