Achieving CSR Accreditation

It is really straightforward, simply assess and
report your CSR activity, submit your application
and leave the rest to us.

Achieving accrediation

Show you are an Accredited CSR Leader…

The process of achieving a CSR Accreditation begins with your own assessment of every aspect of your organisation’s CSR activities. No matter what size your business, large or small, you submit an application based on our ‘Four Pillars of CSR’ and the assessment guidance notes.
Please remember that it is not essential that you deliver CSR activities in all four of the CSR pillars or everything on the associated lists, this is just a guide to help you structure your application.
An appropriate fee is charged based on your company size. The CSRA panel assesses your application and responds accordingly. All successful applications will receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Accreditation pack. Any applicants that are unsuccessful will receive a gap analysis report on their application and a chance to re-apply before the Assessment Panel next meets.

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Please use the Application Support Information provided in the links below:

At a glance Four Pillars list

How to fill in your application

Assessment Guidance Notes

Full CSRA Criteria and Eligibility for Accreditation

Example Application

Workshop and Audits


Please include documentation on policies, procedures and systems such as systems for recording energy saving, reviews of performance against strategic targets, impact reports and notes from audits. (See application form)

The Four Pillars of CSR:

Use the four pillars together with the assessment guidance notes to help you when submitting your application. You may also identify practices that are not shown by the four pillars. Please include anything you consider relevant.We are interested in all and any activity which benefits the environment and community.

Environmental CSR:
Focuses on eco-issues such as climate change.

Community  CSR:
Businesses work with other organisations to improve the quality of life of the people in the local community.

Workplace CSR:
Policies that improve products and services and staff.

Philanthropic CSR:
Support charities through volunteering, donation or sponsorship.

Familiarise yourself with requirements of the assessment guidance notes. Look at what you already have in relation to what the four pillars. Carry out a gap analysis to identify areas that need addressing.

Accreditation process

The CSR Accreditation scheme is available to any private, public or third sector organisation which can demonstrate a measurable 12 month period of CSR activity.

Any organisation may apply for CSR Accreditation, no matter how such organisation is legally structured, whether it be an incorporated business, a sole trader, partnership, public or third sector organisation.

The applicant may apply for CSR Accreditation under the scheme in respect of its entire organisation, a particular site within the organisation or a specific division of the organisation.

CSR Accreditation is based on an assessment of an organisations full range of CSR activity and will also require evidence that the management is capable of maintaining acceptable standards during the period of Accreditation.

Accreditation under the scheme for such businesses is conditional upon:
1. A successful audit of the policies and structures regarding responsible business practice that the applicant actually has in place.
2.Meeting the required compliance level
3.The applicant paying the specified CSR Accreditation application fee.

Handling your application
Upon receipt of the application, our assessment panel will review the application and supporting documentation. The panel will use the Assessment Guidance Notes and criteria to score the application. Our Assessment Panel is totally independent. They are selected because of their appropriate CSR and technical knowledge, their professional backgrounds and relevant experience.

The assessment panel can award up to 10 points on each of the following criteria (Assessment Guidance Notes) . They also have the flexibility to award up to 10 additional bonus points for applications they believe have particular merit.

The assessment panel will meet every 3 months to assess applications.
Applications scoring 80+% will be awarded Gold status; 65-79% – Silver; 50-64% – Bronze.

An appeal process is in place to respond to decisions made by the assessment panel that the applicant may disagree with.


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You will be required to submit a CSR application that covers (where possible) the four pillars of CSR and takes into consideration elements highlighted in the guidance notes.


  • Create an inclusive program of CSR activities that staff can engage with and feel proud off.
  • Increase sales and customer loyalty, operational costs and overall better financial performance.
  • By reducing resource use, waste and emissions, you can help the environment and save money.
  • Increase your attraction for new employees or retain existing staff.

Find out just how easy it is to apply for CSR Accreditation