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Examining the four types of corporate social responsibility

Examining the four types of corporate social responsibility

The success of a business is more than just the numbers. It is crucial that a business gives back to the community and makes a positive impact on the environment. This will make a difference in today's competitive world. This is where corporate social responsibility comes in.


What is corporate social responsibility? CSR is also known as corporate social responsibility. It's the idea that businesses have a responsibility for doing good. CSR is the responsibility of a company to self-regulate and make socially responsible decisions for its customers, stakeholders, and the wider world. What does CSR actually mean in practice?


Continue reading to learn about the four types of corporate social responsibility and their effects on a business's social responsibility.

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Environmental Responsibility


Businesses that are committed to CSR should engage in eco-friendly practices. Companies can contribute significantly to the environmental degradation of natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution. However, by taking responsibility for their environment, businesses can take control of their actions.


It all depends on the industry and the size of the business. There are many forms of environmental responsibility. It may mean using renewable energy sources or sustainable materials. Others may mean implementing a recycling program at work or volunteering with local environmental organizations.


Read: 15 Socially Responsible Companies That Are Well-Known For CSR


Ethical Responsibility


Ethical responsibility means that a company engages in fair business practices throughout the organization, including treating all stakeholders and customers with respect and ethics.


CSR can take many forms. Common examples of ethical responsibility are setting a higher minimum wage, ensuring all materials are ethically sourced, and ensuring all employees receive competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.


Philanthropic Responsibility


It's becoming almost normal for businesses in today's society to donate to charities that align with their mission. Businesses are fulfilling their philanthropic responsibility when they do this.


You can give a small percentage of your annual income to support a local charity or sponsor an annual fundraiser.


Economic Responsibility


A business that acts with economic responsibility is one that puts the interests of its customers first. This type of CSR can be intertwined and linked to others.


This could be, for example, a company signing a contract with a supplier that uses sustainable materials even if it is more expensive. A company that commits to transparent pay systems and compensates all employees fairly and covers past gender or race pay gaps is another example of economic responsibility.


CSR's Benefits


It positively affects employee satisfaction and retention when a company commits to socially responsible practices. CSR initiatives can also help build brand identity and customer trust.


CSR initiatives have a positive ripple effect on the environment. More positivity is created when every business practices are sustainable and every company is committed to fair and ethical treatment of employees.


Company InFocus believes that success is more than the amount of profit it makes. You can explore the Company InFocus social responsibility options if you are interested in being a business leader who drives innovation and socially responsible missions, contact us today to launch your campaign.

Natalie Nyugen

Natalie Nyugen / About Author

Research analyst and contributor on Company InFocus. B.A. in International Marketing from Rutgers Business School.