What is Corporate Social
Responsibility Accreditation

The Four Pillars of CSR are
Environmental, Community,
Workplace and Philanthropic

What is CSR Accrediation

Good CSR policies drive corporate change for the better.
With well defined objectives and measurable targets, your CSR Accreditation will provide the foundation for steps towards running a more sustainable and ethical business.

What is CSR Accrediation
Achieving CSR Accreditation is a visible testimony of excellence in CSR.
The accreditation helps you integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into your business operations and strategy and it provides you with a real competitive advantage.

The establishment of a CSR Accreditation is a crucial component of a company’s competitiveness and something that should be led by the business itself.

For companies, the overall aim is to achieve a positive impact on society as a whole while maximising the creation of shared value for the owners of the business, its employees, shareholders and stakeholders.

CSR Accreditation looks at your organisation’s impacts on employees, suppliers, clients and communities / charities and helps you develop an audit / report which forms the basis of your CSR road map.

The CSRA Mark of Excellence – Valid for 3 years

Achieving CSR Accreditation is a visible testimony of your excellence in CSR. The Accreditation shows you have integrated CSR initiatives throughout your business operations and provides you with real competitive advantage.
Upon successful Accreditation we will supply you with an Accreditation Pack and Logo Tool-kit for display across all your brand touch-points such as printed materials, websites and vehicles.

Accreditation process

CSR Accreditation is based on an assessment of an organisations full range of CSR activity and will also require evidence that the management is committed to 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. No matter what size your business, large or small, you submit an application based on the ‘Four Pillars of CSR’ and the assessment guidance notes found here.
    lease 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.
  2. Meeting the required compliance level. All successful applications will receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Accreditation. Any applicants that are unsuccessful will receive a gap analysis report on their application and a chance to re-apply within three months, which will incur and admin fee of £75.00 + VAT
  3. The applicant paying the specified Accreditation application fee. CSR applications are charged based on organisation size: Sole Trader (1-2 Employees), Small Business (<50 Employees), Medium Business (51-250 Employees) and Large Business (251+ Employees).

The full report is considered by the Accreditation Panel which decides to award, defer or refuse Accreditation.

Achieving accreditation endorses your organisation’s management of CSR practices and along the way, the accreditation will also provide you with a gap analysis and a roadmap for your sustainable journey.

It showcases your organisation as best in class

Find out more about how we can help you audit your CSR activity





All successful CSR Accreditation’s will be automatically entered into the International CSR Excellence Awards.


The Four Pillars of CSR include all 17 of the SDG’s, the accreditation process helps you identify these goals and where possible include them as part of your organisations application and CSR policy.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The Four Pillars of CSR include all 17 of the SDG’s, the accreditation process helps you identify these goals and where possible include them as part of your organisations application and CSR policy.


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Register for your CSR Accrediation first and access your full guide
on how to fill in your CSR Accreditation Application.

The next application deadline is December 20th 2019


  • 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