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 Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
CSR is aimed at encouraging companies to be more aware of the impact of their business on the rest of society, including their own stakeholders and the environment. CSR is an approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders. CSR is a concept with many definitions and practices. CSR is a very broad concept that addresses many and various topics such as human rights, corporate governance, health and safety, environmental effects, working conditions and contribution to economic development. The purpose of CSR is to drive change towards sustainability.’
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.
Is CSR Accreditation for our organisation?
Challenging the ‘C’ in CSR – Increasingly the term ‘corporate’ has been challenged.
This is because it excludes a large number of stakeholders, specifically the third and public sectors and because ‘corporate’ does not encompass sole traders or smaller SME’s. For this reason we have defined the ‘C’ in CSR to be more inclusive. We now recommend that the ‘C’ has a wider focus of audience specific meanings.
- Large Companies – Corporate Social Responsibility (Private Sector)
- Sole Traders and SME’s – Company Social Responsibility (Private Sector)
- Local Authorities, Schools, Hospitals etc – Community Social Responsibility (Public Sector)
- Charities – Charitable Social Responsibility (Third Sector)
- Products & Services – Consumer Social Responsibility
- Training & Workshops – Citizen Social Responsibility
- All of Us – Collective Social Responsibility
We can then surround these meanings with a Caring, Cohesive approach Common to the wider Collective.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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.